Lumen Mundi Blog
As you know, Lumen Mundi has always been proud to share with you that the majority of our beautiful, high-quality products come from Italy, but, given the rapid spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Italy, we are seeing significant challenges in ensuring timely delivery of shipments from our factories. Many are presently closed, others are under restricted operating hours, and still, others are “day by day” not knowing if the government will mandate they close or not; they learn each night, based on announcements made by the government. Additionally, flights have become problematic (and our items are usually flown into the US!) so we presently have our logistics team working on trucking the items to London and flying from there. It’s, for sure, presenting some logistical challenges and some stock/inventory issues – and will continue to do so at least until early April, when we are hopeful the ban will be lifted in Italy!
Lumen Mundi continues to monitor the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and is considering all options, and developing contingency plans where possible to ensure we can continue to support our customer orders and requests, but ultimately we must comply with the restrictions of the local and national governments, in Italy, the European Union and the United States. We will continue to keep you posted as we learn more, but, in the meantime, we are asking for your patience with some supply chain issues we are currently experiencing.
We pray for all those impacted and ask you to do the same. We pray for containment and pray for government officials and leaders who are tasked with making critical decisions that affect so many. We also pray for the doctors, nurses and research professionals. May they all know peace and protection. As Pope Francis offered a prayer to the Virgin Mary yesterday, may we seek her protection and “the entire world to the protection of the Mother of God, as a sign of salvation and hope” during the ongoing coronavirus emergency.
Please don’t forget to pray to the Healing Saints, John of God, and Mary and use the Serenity Prayer for solace during these troubled times. Should you need stock on any of these items, for you personally or for your customers, please reach out to our office or your sales representative as Lumen Mundi remains open for normal operations, with healthy and safe team members; and we are committed to our ministry more than ever during this time of crisis to ensure the protection, safety, and blessings for those most in need.
Yours in Christ,
Gabrielle & The Lumen Mundi team
As we approach Palm Sunday and the final Sunday of Lent, also the beginning of Holy Week, we commemorate the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, only days before He was crucified. As we receive palm fronds, we commemorate Christ's arrival to Jerusalem. In the Gospels, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a young donkey, to the lavish praise of the townspeople, who threw clothes and palms in front of Him as a sign of homage. This practice showed great respect and admiration.
Palm branches are widely recognized as the symbol of peace and victory, hence their continued use on Palm Sunday. The symbolism of a donkey instead of a horse represents the humble arrival of someone in peace, as opposed to arriving in war or as a threat. In the most defining event in the history of man, one week later, Christ would rise from the dead on the first Easter Sunday.
During Palm Sunday Mass, palms are distributed to parishioners who carry them in a ritual procession into the Church. The palms are blessed, and many people will fashion them into small crosses or other items of personal devotion. These may be returned to the church or kept for the year. As we all know, because the palms are blessed, they may not be discarded as trash. Instead, they are appropriately gathered at the church and incinerated to create the ashes that will be used in the following year's Ash Wednesday observance.
At Lumen Mundi, we believe in the power of the resurrection and recall the words of Pope John Paul II; "Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song." We wish all a blessed Palm Sunday and through the power and majesty of Holy Week, may we realize that we stand at the “Altar of the Cross where heaven is rejoined to earth and earth to heaven, along with the Mother of the Lord. We enter into the moment that forever changed – and still changes – all human history, the great self-gift of the Son of God who did for us what we could never do for ourselves…”
From all of us atLumen Mundi, to all of you in your retail stores, Churches, Shrines, Basilicas and, Cathedrals, have a blessed Palm Sunday and may we always remember the gift that God bestowed upon us and the mission we have to serve Him throughout the year through our ministries and businesses.
Welcome to the 3rd installment of our Lumen Mundi “Get to Know your Team” series. Today, we will be introducing you to YOUR Warehouse Team:
Chucky, Shane, and Phil all have their roots in the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, though only Chucky was born there; Shane was born in Florida; Phil was born in Brooklyn, NY; and Benard is from Kenya. Chucky has been with Lumen Mundi for almost six (6) years, Shane has been with us for almost three (3) years and Phil just joined a year and a half ago. Benard is the newest member of the warehouse team and joined us in January of this year to meet the needs of the business and ensure your orders leave our warehouse as quickly and accurately as possible. Your entire warehouse team has a passion for Lumen Mundi and more importantly for you, our customer!
Tokens continue to be one of our most popular products and we continue to create new designs and styles every year to add to our current collection of 300+. Over the past 26 years, the warehouse team has shipped over 5 million tokens. To thank you for helping us to achieve this milestone, this week’s special involves tokens! If you buy 10 bags of silver-tone, stock (non-custom) tokens, our gift to you is ONE FREE BAG! Use code WH2019 or mention this e-blast to take advantage of this promotion on or before Monday, March 25th.
Call us at 888-844-0215 or visit our web site today at www.lumenmundi.comto take advantage of this limited time offer. Free tokens are waiting for you, and as always, thank you for your business!
Please join us in a story of faith:
Frank, one of our Lumen Mundi Sales Reps, was corresponding with one of our customers in the Pacific; she was recently in harm’s way from the Super Typhoon Yutu. Her story of faith and of commitment touched us, and I want to share it with our customers.
In our modern idiom, we would say that when it came to helping others, John of God had no brakes. His fidelity to the grace of God dominated his being and guided his actions. Perhaps the best-known of the many miracles associated with him is his rescue of the patients in a burning hospital. At one point a roof collapse plunged him into the heart of the flames, but he emerged unscathed.