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A Destination Bookstore


Adapted from an article by Rūta Grašytė

The El Ateneo Grand Splendid Bookstore in Buenos Aires is a magnificent example of a trend in specialty retail. Consumers who can shop for almost anything online want an incentive to shop in person. They desire a destination experience. These experiences can be grand like El Ateneo, or as simple as a warm welcome from a friend who knows and prays for a customer by name. Catholic businesses who cultivate a destination vibe make a lasting impression that generates repeat customers. Whether integrated into a shrine retreat or pilgrimage, or as a hub of parish life community, or as a neighborhood go-to for families and seniors, Catholic book and gift stores can be a destination experience with a spiritually personal touch.

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Mega Distributor INGRAM’s Direct-to-Consumer Option

Mega Distributor INGRAM’s Direct-to-Consumer Option


By Cathy Gilmore

Many Catholic organizations are not yet familiar with a service provided through the INGRAM Content Group called Aer.io. It is a system through which direct-to-consumer ordering and distribution provides an alternative to the restrictive policies of Amazon. The Aer.io system enables the store, who chooses to use this shopping mechanism on their website, to provide customers a seamless online shopping experience. Customers enjoy the convenience while still supporting a favorite brick-and-mortar store. Stores can choose from any of the hundreds of thousands of titles distributed from INGRAM and thus carry an online selection far surpassing what can fit in a physical store.

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CMN Business and Ministry Solutions

CMN Business and Ministry Solutions


The Power of the CMN Member Locator

In 2019, Catholic Marketing Network updated its online locator system to include all CMN member organizations. This way, CMN still encourages everyone to “shop local” and patronize local Catholic businesses. The CMN Member Locator can be everyone’s happy place to find Catholic resources in their local area! However, the new locator has broader value as well.

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On the Greatness and Littleness of Human Life

On the Greatness and Littleness of Human Life


Honoring newly canonized Saint John Henry Newman, an excerpt from Waiting for Christ featured in Legatus Magazine

Our earthly life gives promise of what it does not accomplish. It promises immortality, yet it is mortal. It contains life in death and eternity in time, and it attracts by beginnings which faith alone brings to an end. When we take into account the powers with which our souls are gifted as Christians, the very consciousness of these fills us with a certainty that they must last beyond this life. That is in the case of good and holy men, whose present state is to them who know them well an earnest of immortality. The greatness of their gifts, contrasted with the scanty time for exercising them, forces the mind forward to the thought of another life, as almost the necessary counterpart and consequence of this life, and certainly implied in the life, provided there be a righteous governor of the world who does not make men for naught.

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Economics for the Common Good

Economics for the Common Good


By Ed Condon - Excerpted from Catholic News Agency Nov 5, 2019 (CNA). Image credit: Gage Skidmore

Senator Marco Rubio has called for “common good economics” ahead of a speech on Catholic social teaching and the dignity of work, noting the need for a new economic vision to respond to contemporary economic realities.

Speaking to CNA in an interview November 4, Senator Rubio (R-FL) said that there needs to be a renewed focus on the human orientation and ends of economic policy and growth, after decades of changes in both national and global market conditions.

“The economy should be at the service of the common good,” Rubio said. “It should work for us, not people for the economy.”

On Nov. 5, Rubio gave a speech titled “Catholic Social Doctrine and the Dignity of Work” at the Busch School of Business at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

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