Sorry, Abuelita: 11 Things People Who Grew Up Catholic Still Feel Guilty About
Were you raised Catholic? You know: Sunday mass, white communion outfits, constant crippling guilt, the whole deal? Are you still Catholic? Mmm hmmm.
If your religious fervor has fallen by the wayside, you might just relate to these:
1. The guilt stays with you forever.
Catholic guilt is no joke. It’s like living with a tiny monja inside your head forever, asking you if you’re really willing to risk eternal hellfire for telling that one lie to your parents back in fourth grade. Speaking of which…
2. You’ll never not be intimidated by nuns.
You know they’re the most powerful women on the planet, able to know your sins with just one look.
3. The smell of incense is still soothing and magical.
*Takes big whiff.* *Coughs for 15 minutes.*
4. You still pray. Sometimes.
Look, you might not pray every evening or before every meal, but when you feel alone and in need of reenforcement, it feels like it’s worth a try.
5. It’s not like you’re gonna stop celebrating awesome holidays.
Pass the lechón! Pass the Pascua baskets! HAND OVER ALL THE FOOD.
6. You’re just going to do so without ever attending mass again.
7. There are things others find creepy that, for you, seem pretty normal.
Yeah, He died and came back. Why… why would that be weird?
8. You can still remember hymns you sang a million years ago at mass like it was only yesterday.
? “And He will raiiiise you up / on eaaaaagle’s wings!”
9. You’ve been tempted to use Lent as a diet plan.
“?Giving up chocolate and Hot Cheetos just in time for summer.?” Come on, bb. We see you. We both know that’s not what it’s for.
10. The idea of confession still makes you nervous (and relieved).
11. There are traditions you still hold on to without fully believing in them.
Like having a church wedding, for instance, or fearing eternal damnation. Aw!
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