Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Catholic Hipster Handbook Sneak Peek: And Then There Were Sandals

Welcome to another exciting sneak peek into The Catholic Hipster Handbook from Ave Maria Press.

Today we're going to take a look at a piece from Mary Rezac on the definitive Catholic Hipster footwear.

"...if I could pinpoint a particular kind of footwear that truly unites us Hipster Catholics, it’s the sandal. And the type of sandal selected by the wearer breaks us up into further subcultures.

Are you wearing Chacos or Tevas? Then you might work at Camp Wojtyla, Catholic Youth Expeditions, or some similar Catholic summer camp. Are you more of a Birkenstock kind of Catholic? Perhaps you’re a seminarian, a priest, or an aspiring discalced Carmelite."

Have you ever been to a Mass where a priest is wearing sandals? I have. And in those instances, I feel instantly transported into the time of Christ, to the Last Supper. 

Call me crazy, but it's true. 

Back to Mary:

"As for me and my house, we always tended to favor the Birkenstocks (which we a ectionately referred to as Birks. Or, if paired with socks, then ‘stocks ‘n’ socks). And when I say my house, I’m talking about my college household, Avila, named after St. Teresa of Avila. The household in and of itself was an extremely hipster thing to be a part of, since I did not go to a Catholic or otherwise religious university." 

After reading that, I think I need to text my dad and tell him his "Jesus Sandals" from back in the 80s were actually quite hip!

Mary closes her piece by asking you to look down:

"So the next time you’re in a big group of Catholics, look down. Chances are you can spot the Hipster Catholics by their sandals."

What do you think is the quintessential Catholic Hipster footwear? 

Let us know! 

And...while you're thinking about it...go and pre-order The Catholic Hipster Handbook to finish up Mary's section on sandals and all the other amazing topics covered by an amazing list of hip contributors!

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Chimney - Episode 131

Check out the latest episode of The Chimney, where we talk all about Fathers Day, the Eucharistic Congress, and Corpus Christi!

2017 #HilarousCatholicWeb

Welcome one and all to our third annual Hilarious Catholic Web Award!

Over the past few years, we've brought you nominees like Eye of The Tiber, Catholic Memes, @Swag_Catholic, Catechism of the Catholic Church Minus Context, Pope Trump, and more!

Today, it's time for a whole new crop of possible winners for the award honoring who makes us laugh more than all the rest on the Catholic Interwebs.


Here is your list:

1. James Breakwell

Catholic comedy writer James Breakwell, aka the Exploding Unicorn, is straight up hilarious. His tweets focus around living that big family life, raising a pig, and constantly underwhelming his wife. If you're on Twitter, you follow and enjoy James, that's just how it works.

2. Frijoles et Ratio

Frijoles et Ratio

This account describes itself as: Using delicious Catholic-inspired food tweets to impress the cool kids of "Catholic Twitter". Well, I may not be one of the cool kids, but I've been impressed. It can all be summed up by a tweet featuring a picture of a Eucharistic procession with the caption, "Despite what you may hear, the Church has always been, and will always be, in favor of processed Food." Pure gold.

3. Bishop Umbers
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Once you figure out Bishop Umbers is an actual person and a realbishop, you can sit back and enjoy his greatness. From his recent hashtag #PleasePostMoreMemes, to his video series that references Harambae in the title, Bishop Umbers is exactly the man we need guiding the flock right now.

4. Ethan Stueve

Ethan Stueve

I hesitate to put the prayer squat warrior from The Crunch podcast onto the list, but only because I feel like he's going to run away with the title. He may only be on Twitter for the memes, but through his sense of humor, he's climbed into all of our hearts. From Catholic Twitter After Dark, to tweets about needing immediate access to confession while attached to a breast pump, Ethan is YOUR boy.

Alright, folks. Who from this list cracks you up on the regular?

Head to Twitter to vote and fight about your choice for Hilarious Catholic Web 2017!