Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Be Counter-Cultural - Be Catholic

On the way into work this morning, I was listening to an interview on NPR about the "Tiny House" movement that is starting to make (very small) waves in the Bay Area and other spots around the Nation. Basically, young hipsters think it's cool to live in less-than-400 square foot homes because it is carbon neutral, or something like that.

This is just another in a long line of counter-cultural movements that have been popping up for some time with Millennials and so many others within our secular culture.

You've got folks like the local/organic food movements, the meditation/yoga movements, the various minimalist movements, and on and on and on. They're all after that one thing that is going to make their life better, easier, longer, happier, more peaceful, and more of what they're looking for in this crazy, fast-paced, over-booked world we live in. 

And, they're also all very cool...

They're cool because they're counter-cultural, and in our present culture, counter-cultural is the hip thing. In fact, hipsters are pretty much just super-counter-cultural beings.

And that brings me to the real point of this whole weblog journey we've been on together since last December.

For those who don't know, The Catholic Hipster weblog started as a source that was meant to be a fun mix of NPR hipster-esque media and Catholic New-Evangelization-ish media.

From there, this weblog quickly turned into a fun bunch of memes and jokes, and a new (and exciting) hipster contest each Monday.

That has been a blast, to be sure, but listening to this NPR story helped me to realize that this weblog needs to move into a place that seems to sit vacant in the Catholic Blogosphere, and the place that it quite possibly should have always been occupying since the beginning.

And so, I'm going to start to work harder to push this weblog to be more of what it purports to be. More Catholic Hipster, more counter-cultural, more representative that "the Catholic faith is not a set of prohibitions, but rather a positive option."

That is the message that our culture needs to hear.That is the "marketing" that is going to bring young folks back to the Church.

Don't worry, there will still be room for memes and contests (in fact, I'm currently scheduled out until  mid-October with those types of posts, but I'm going to start working now toward the goal of have the blog address the awesome quote from Pope Emeritus Benedict mentioned above about our faith being a positive option. 

If I am going to do my part to bring people to the faith via the New Evangelization, this is how I'm going to do it.

As my three year old says every other week on The Catholic Hipster Podcast with my pal Sarah, "I hope you like it." 

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