21 Things Latinos From Catholic Families Know To Be True

Whether you currently practice Catholicism or not, you know the belief in Papá Dios is woven into your family’s traditions, habits and everyday locura. For example…

1.There was no arguing when abuela summoned you to mass.

As abuela puts it, “Si tienes tiempo para comer mierda con tus amigitos, tienes tiempo para misa!” Of course, you might already be at mass because abuelita forced you to “volunteer” as an altar server, usher or choir member.

2. Lose something? Have a test coming up? Feel bored? Light a vela.

And then chill. San Antonio’s gotchu.

3. Actually, candle-lighting in general is the vaporu of Catholicism…

When in doubt, light one for La Virgen de [insert your country’s virgin here].

4. Growing up, some movies were just off limits.

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“Hocus Pocus”? Apparently it’s written by, directed by and starring: ~*~ El Diablo ~*~

5. And music genres like Reggaeton and Rap were off limits as well.

No Daddy Yankee at my house!

6. You had to learn prayers in both English and Spanish.

7. You earned extra points from your fam if your boo was Catholic, too.

Now you can focus on what he/she should really be judged on: appetite.

8. You knew better than to tell your fam “Happy Holidays.”

Forget political correctness; it’s “Feliz Navidad,” ? “Felices Pascuas,” ? or a sopapo. ? Your choice.

9. The “que comistes?” phone calls from home got a little bit more stressful on Fridays during Lent…

You tried. That totally counts.

10. Your first communion was kiiind of a big deal.

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Also, please take a moment and look at mini Selena Gomez’s Communion pic. Precious.

11. And if you had an older sister you totally used the same dress


Yes, the exact same dress… Your little cousin probably wore it too.

12. While other kids were excited for Christmas Day, you were all about Nochebuena.

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Especially if it meant having lechón.

13. Best thing of all was receiving presents til January. Thanks, Reyes Magos!

Fill up those Nikes, wise guy.

14. Praying el rosario is a group affair, especially for viejitas.

Sometimes these group prayers feel like a race too.

15. And the struggle of getting a rosario for your abuelita every time you travel is real.

Abuelitas really do love a nice Rosario. You better come right, or don’t come at all!

16. Thanksgiving Weekend What? More like Semana Santa.

That’s right! A whole week just for praying (yeah right!).

17. You know every single word of “El Padre Nuestro.”

“Padre nuestro que estás en el cielo, santificado sea tu nombre…”Because your mom would give you a dirty look if you didn’t know it by heart!

18. And even if you eventually found your own spiritual identity…

You know your family’s religious culture helped shape who you are.

19. You will never forget: Jesús está en todas partes.


20. And the pictures of your first communion will forever be everywhere in your parents’ house.


21. And last but not least, you could never hear enough of the phrase: “Que Dios Te Bendiga.”


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