Put Your Money Where Your Mouth is

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth is

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Why You Need to Shop Catholic this Christmas

by Beverly De Soto

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, 2013 has been a banner year for Catholic blogging. Clearly, the election of a controversial new Pope has driven many Catholics  to our keyboards. I can attest to this because, as editor of a fledgling Catholic e-magazine  I read a lot of Catholic blogs.

Bloggers across the political spectrum have speculated intensely and at length about what Francis is up to. Facebook is full of Catholics at daggers-drawn about what the Pope stands for, and what this means for the future of the Church. As Christmas 2013 approaches, it would seem we have never been so polarized. 

And yet, there is one curious trend I have noticed, across the spectrum of all this sound and fury. Catholics, regardless of their politics, are growing disgusted with rampant consumerism, and the global corporations that benefit from it. One hears the catchphrases floating in Catholic cyberspace: ‘Buy Local. Source Organic from Family Farms. Stop Making Global Corporations Richer.'

Catholics, regardless of their politics, are growing disgusted with unfettered consumerism, and the global corporations that benefit from it.

What was once a kind of fringe movement is morphing into a deeply held, moral suspicion of global firms. Massive retailers are increasingly seen as social pariahs; they source goods from poor countries, resell them at cheap prices, put family firms out of business, pollute the environment, treat workers poorly and pay little or no taxes. And in recent years, as global firms have begun to adopt aggressive political stances — invariably against Catholic teachings on matters of personal morality — many have lost whatever legitimacy or support they once had among thinking Catholics.

As global firms have begun to adopt aggressive political stances — invariably against Catholic teachings on matters of personal morality — many have lost whatever legitimacy or support they once had among thinking Catholics.

Over at Regina Facebook, we began to see concrete evidence of this trend back in November, when we ran a little promotion for a group of contemplative Dominican nuns. The Sisters of Summit, New Jersey are a 92-year old congregation with a whole bunch of new vocations. They support themselves by selling their handmade soaps and candles, in their shop and online.  The response to the Sisters' Regina Facebook promotion was overwhelming  — a whopping 500% increase in sales over their previous best sales day! Plus, for weeks afterwards Regina-related sales continued to be rung up in the Sisters' modest cash register.

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Over at Regina Facebook, we began to see concrete evidence of this trend back in November, when we ran a little promotion for a group of contemplative Dominican nuns. The response was overwhelming  — a whopping 500% increase in sales!

This success was fascinating news for us, because it implied that Regina's Catholic fans are, in fact, willing to put their money where their mouths are.  Therefore, we have decided to take our experiment one step further. This weekend, Regina Facebook is hosting our first old-fashioned Christmas Fair — like a parish fair, but on Facebook. For 48 hours on Dec 14th and 15th, Catholic Orders and family businesses will be selling their wares via posts on Regina Facebook.

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Sick of Hollywood's idea of ‘music'? How about some chant from the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, now Billboard's Classical Traditional Artist of 2013?

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Don't want to support Starbucks' anti-life agenda? Come on over to Regina Facebook and buy outstanding Mystic Monk coffees sold by the Carmelites of Wyoming!

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Looking for a gift for new parents? Forget chain stores and their sweat shops. Sew Many Booties, a family firm in the Northwest, has lovely handmade baby booties for sale this weekend over at Regina Facebook!

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Want to give your priest something he will treasure forever? St. Joseph's Apprentice in Idaho will make him a hand-crafted portable altar.

 And that's not all — Catholic Orders and family firms will be selling beautiful jewelry, rosaries, lace veils, Kindle books, gifts, devotional items and much more! 

So, fellow Catholics — why not stop by this weekend at Regina Magazine's Facebook Page and buy Catholic this Christmas?

For 48 hours on Dec 14th and 15th, Catholic Orders and family businesses will be selling their wares via posts on Regina Facebook.

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