Monday, December 29, 2014

The Essential Catholic Hipster Survival Guide's 2014 Catholic Hipster Checklist

So, you want to be a Catholic Hipster but don't know where to get started? 

Our 2014 Catholic Hipster Checklist is here to help!

Let's take a look at the year's must-haves for Catholic Hipsters:

Clothing: 



Ugly Christmas sweaters have become all the rage among Hipsters in general, and why should't Catholic Hipsters get in on the fun? Head on down to the thrift shop, dig until you find a good one, and sport it proudly (and ironically) to Mass. 

Apps: 



What would a Catholic Hipster be without their iPhone apps? We can use our smart phones to find mass times while visiting family, pray the Divine Office without worrying about the ribbons, laugh out loud to re-runs of Mother Angelica, and even keep track of our venial and mortal sins in real time! This year, however, it was Laudate running away with it. Laudate contains everything to warm the Catholic Hipster's heart, and any "must-have list" would be incomplete without it. 

Books: 



If you're going to be a Catholic Hipster, you're going to have to get busy reading. And, in 2014, therewas  no bigger book to hit the shelves than Jennifer Fulwiler's epic conversion story Something Other Than God. This book was everywhere this year, and it was all well deserved. Oh, we should mention that if you're going to talk about the book, you had better call it SOTG if you want to maintain your Catholic Hipster identity. 

Virtues: 


Of all the virtues we tried to work toward in 2014, chastity was far and away the tops in the Catholic Hipster world. Chastity inside and outside of marriage was the talk of the Catholic Hipster circles everywhere this year, and was proudly highlighted by Arleen Spenceley's book Chastity is for Lovers.

Verbage:


Catholic Hipsters around the world made sure to post their O Antiphons on every social media platform possible over Advent 2014. They were clearly the hottest verbage of the year, and if you didn't know what they were...yikes...hopefully you educated yourself quickly! 

Rosaries:


Sure, the rosary is one of our most beloved prayers. But, for Catholic Hipsters out there, how about the Servite Rosary? It clearly stands out as different from the mainstream model, and opens us up to meditating on the Seven Sorrows of Mary in a way that links us to the difficult experiences throughout her life, as well as her amazing response to those difficulties. Plus, it's a great conversation starter. 



So, there you have it. The Canon's complete Catholic Hipster checklist for 2014. Did we miss something that you considered a must-have for Catholic Hipsters this year? 

Let us know in the comments, or on Twitter @theghissilent. 





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