Monday, February 15, 2016

2nd Annual #PatronSaintofHip!

Welcome to the Second Annual Patron Saint of Hip contest, where we dig down into the realms of Catholic Cool to take a look at who is rocking the hipster lifestyle best among the Heavenly Host.

We had some pretty heavy hitters in last year's list, with Blessed James Alberione coming out on top!

This year, it's game time again, and we've got a whole new crop of nominees.

So, let's get started as you help us to determine the new Patron Saint of Hip!

St. Gianna Beretta Molla

St. Gianna was an Italian Pediatrician who chose life for her baby even when it meant her own certain death. She refused an abortion and hysterectomy so that her child could live, and that heroic act showed just how saintly this amazing woman was. He daughter recently presented a relic of the great saint to Pope Francis during his trip to the US in a truly beautiful moment.

Blessed Chiara Luce Badano

Chiara was a young Italian teenager with osteogenic sarcoma, a painful bone cancer. She faced the painful illness in a heroic manner, choosing to even forgo certain pain medications so that she would be better able to offer it up to Jesus. She clearly understood that young people are our future, and provided a shining example for them.

Venerable Matt Talbot

Matt was an Irish ascetic, revered by many Catholics for his piety, charity, and mortification of the flesh. He was an unskilled laborer who battled alcoholism for 16 years, but worked hard to maintain sobriety for the final forty years of his life. His intense life of mortification shows that if we are willing to subdue our bodies, we can become ready for the kingdom.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha

The Lily of the Mohawks was recently Canonized and could not possibly have been left off of this list. Not only is she the subject of a recent Chime Travelers book by Lisa Hendey, but she has also become one of the most beloved saints of the Americas for her amazing example of faith under pressure. Despite being ravaged with the scars of smallpox, upon her death at age 24, reports say that the scars disappeared and she shined, radiant and beautiful.

So, there you have our list of nominees. Vote on the Twitter poll (@theghissilent) and let us know who you've got with the hashtag #PatronSaintofHip.

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