This means I was raised in the Catholic Church from infancy. My whole childhood, religion has been a large part of my family. Every Sunday we went to church and also participated in many church organizations. It was only when I was older that I realized the whole world was not in fact Catholic. While catholicism may not be the dominant subgroup in society, it was what I considered the norm in my early life.
My parents were very diverse in their skin colors, but both were Hispanics. My father skin color was dark and my mother skin color was light. As I remembered from my childhood, I was taught to respect other people whether they were different skin color, culture religious belief and disability whether mental or physical health problems.
This can is shown when his mother says, “‘‘ You will be a Luna, Antonio. You will be a man of the people, and perhaps a priest.’ She smiled. A priest, I thought, that was her dream.” (9). Antonio is subject to constant expectations by both of his parents of whose legacies they want him to follow. His mother wants him to be a priest, following in the footsteps of his mother’s Catholic family.
In Judith Ortiz Cofer’s poem, “On the Island I Have Seen” she provides a glimpse of what life in Puerto Rico is like from a unique perspective. She was born in Puerto Rico, but growing up she moved back and forth between Puerto Rico and America. In an interview she shared: “But I think culture is very complex. You could say that I’m Puerto Rican by birth. I certainly enjoy and appreciate my heritage, and have used a lot of my culture for my art and incorporated it into my life” (Kevane and Herdia, 753).
After becoming baptized, you become members of the Body of Christ and also new members in the Catholic faith. However, the journey in the faith does not end there. Even years after baptism, it is important to strive to grow and learn more about the religion along with all the amazing things it has to offer. It is necessary to be baptized in order to receive the Holy Spirit during the sacrament of Confirmation, the Holy Spirit then makes us ‘strong and perfect Christians and soldiers of Jesus Christ’(Catholic Encyclopedia). Once Catholics reach an age of reason they are allowed to receive certain sacraments.
Millions of Latinos have immigrated to the United States in pursuit of fulfilling the American Dream for themselves and their children. Many Latinos believe that education is a tool that will ensure their children’s success in this country. However, although today’s education system is designed and in favor of educating minorities, many Latino students have struggled to successfully achieve the American Dream and upward mobility. This essay will explore how factors such as poverty and cultural differences contribute to Latinos’ lack of success in their pursuit of the American Dream through higher level education. Some possible solutions to these problems could be more school funding and cultural education.
Being born into a Hispanic family, I was constantly influenced by my parents, peers, and school officials to work harder than an average American kid because I was labeled as Mexican not American. My culture has strict, strong standards when it comes to having men lead the household, women bear and raise the children, and children follow the parents’ footsteps. However, I grew up contemplating to contradict my Hispanic heritage. It began with learning how to speak, write, and read English all on my own because my parents only knew Spanish. I knew my parents wanted a different future for my siblings and I, for they only made it to primary school before having to work and raise their first child.
Latino countries all celebrate a girl 's quinceanera but not all of them celebrate the Day of the Dead. There are different customs, traditions, and artifacts in each country and should not all be classified as one culture. There are also subcultures within each country, such as the Zapotecs in Mexico. All these subgroups have come to America to catch the American dream and have different backgrounds. They should be respected for their values.Hispanic culture as a whole does have some traditions they share.
Nonetheless, it is also important to mention that many members of the Aymara community have adopted Catholicism as a religion, and follow the catholic calendar and holidays, but continue to maintain their traditional beliefs as well. Aymaras believe the Pachamama has the power to provide fertile soil and good crops. Additionally, the community constantly prays to her and asks for their overall welfare. There is an ongoing tradition, in which every first Friday of the month, people prepare a “offering” composed of a small quantity goods with symbolic value, which are burnt in her honor in medium of prayers and offerings. The same are offered either in Spanish or in Aymara, the community’s official language.
The American experience is not unfamiliar to me, I have been visiting America since I was a child and as a child I always wanted to move to America. My first visit here I fell in love with the culture specifically the freedom of expression. However the opportunity did not emerge for me to move to America legitimately and as promising young child, I did not want to damage my future by moving to a country illegally where I could not live to my full potential. I stayed in Jamaica and I completed my University education as a registered nurse and had become comfortable with my life in Jamaica. I started working the spring of 2013 and upon receival of my first paycheck, I was reminded that this is not the place I wanted to be.