MANILA, Sept. 22, 2013—In a simple celebration, the Catholic Book Center (CBC) marked its 25th year of service to the Catholic faithful with a holy mass at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference (CBCP) chapel last September 20.
“I want to congratulate you, Catholic Book Center. For 25 years, you have been changing lives, you have been changing society, you have been changing the world,” incoming CBCP president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas told CBC friends, partners and employees during his homily.
Changing lives through books
Drawing everyone’s attention to the importance of communicating the faith through the printed word, Villegas explained that good books lead people to an encounter with Christ — something which the CBC has considered its area of service since its inception.
“The goal of CBC is to allow every person to be changed by every book that we serve at the center,” he added, explaining how God is capable of “working through books.”
He even went to the extent of saying CBC books’ impact on customers must become a tell-tale barometer of the quality of CBC’s service.
Not just profit
“If CBC’s clientele are not changed by books that we serve them there must be something wrong with the way we are conducting our apostolate,” he explained.
As opposed to a regular business, Villegas explained, the CBC will continue to focus on souls, rather than profit, as it has done for the past quarter of a century.
“The goal is not just to increase our cash register,” he added.
He said the CBC should be grateful to God for entrusting a mission of change to it.
“We should thank God that for the past 25 years, God has entrusted to us the mission to change the world and to make a dent in the world bit by bit, piece by piece, part by part,” he said.
There are Catholic Book Center branches at 1175 U.N. Ave., Manila City and at SM Bachrach Building, 121 Arsobispo Street, Intramuros, Manila. [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]