I did not truly appreciate being an American until through the Navy I had been in multiple countries. Today reading this story of a former atheist and now a priest in the underground Catholic Church in China also makes me remember how blessed we our in this country. I don’t have a ‘my country right or wrong’ philosophy and while I recognize some of the truly great problems with the United States I am also so glad to be a citizen. As my pastor (who is from Spain, but now an American citizen) said at Mass today -"There are no perfect countries. God Bless America and forgive us our faults."