"I hope that my non-traditional way of glorifying God will make others consider their call to holiness and act upon it."
A highly popular Instagram page, Lit Catholic Memes, brings faith-related laughs and good humor to over 130,000 followers.
Now its creator, Jimmy Reynolds, a senior at Franciscan University of Steubenville studying communication arts, announced the release of his IMAGO Catholic playing cards. All feature Reynolds’ original artwork, and they are indeed lit.
I have been designing and creating these playing cards for almost a year and they are so close to becoming a reality! They feature all sorts of Catholic imagery, including Jesus as the Kings, Mary as the Queens, and St. Joseph as the Jacks. The linen-finish gives the cards a great feel and helps them stay very playable.
As Reynolds prepares to graduate and begins the quest for graphic design work (ideally with Catholic companies, he says), I had the chance to catch up with him about the IMAGO cards and his hilarious meme page.
What inspired you to create your Catholic meme account?
I created my meme account almost 7 years ago now, back in the summer of 2016. I never would have thought it would have gone on this long.
I started it because I had a few funny ideas for Catholic memes and realized that pretty much every Catholic meme on the internet at this point in time had been recycled a hundred times over. There were not really any social media pages making new Catholic memes, so I started making my own.
Slowly, I started gaining more and more followers until we are at the point I am at now, with over 130,000.
What inspired you to create the IMAGO playing cards?
I was scrolling through the explore page on Instagram and noticed a post that depicted a mirror image of Jesus, which reminded me of playing cards. I then thought about how cool it would be if there were a deck of playing cards that featured Jesus, Mary and Joseph as the King, Queen, and Jack.