1. A different definition of “religious”
In the United States, I thought my family was religious because they dragged us to Mass on Sundays, “blessed” us over our heads before we went on a long journey, and made us carry a Virgen de Guadalupe in our suitcases whenever we traveled. But compared to people in Latin America, my family’s religious rituals were mild to say the least. In Latin America, church and Mass went on all day, every day of the week. Cities stopped for parades and holidays honoring Catholic saints. And the señal de la cruz was given even when you were just going to the corner store. After seeing how intensely devout Latin Americans are, my family’s adherence to a few minor rituals paled in comparison.