Yesterday my wife and I went to our favorite Catholic bookstore in our area to pick up new guidebooks for the Liturgy of the Hours to find that that the store was closed down. For me this was a serious let down. Over the years since my conversion I have bought a steady stream of books there. They always had an excellent and fairly large selection of books and their selection of books was quite orthodox.
In the last year though we had gone there less frequently since I have been receiving more and more books for review and have had less need to go and buy new books. So I am experiencing some not buying remorse that just perhaps they went out of business without my normally relied upon influx of bucks for books.
In seriousness though I understand that the majority of Catholic book stores are really apostolates created out of love and certainly not the love of money. I don’t know the reason for the demise of my favorite local book store, but I do thank them for their years of service. So hats off to all those owners and employees of Catholic book stores that struggle to stay in business and yet still do.
Luckily for me there are plenty of good online sources like Aquinas and More to supply my Catholic book