Lumen Mundi Blog
“Remember the past with gratitude. Live the present with enthusiasm. Look forward to the future with confidence.” - St. John Paul II
As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, it is easy to get consumed in the pace of the holiday. The shopping, the cooking, the stress of family and friends, and need to balance the demands of work and our families; but being grateful is something we should take time to embrace, as it fills our lives and hearts with the love of God.
This Thanksgiving, here at Lumen Mundi we are grateful to have the opportunity to work with our amazing customers and serve the Lord in our ministry. Working with all of you has been, and continues to be, a blessing - and we can only pray it continues for many years to come!
As we gather in celebration around the tables of our homes, let us take the time to ponder our blessings and give thanks to the Lord with humble hearts. Let us be grateful and live in the moment; let us cherish those who we love and celebrate the joy of God’s creations, and the love that every person brings into our lives.
Finally, being thankful would be incomplete without the people that make our mission, our business, and our lives so special. Over the years we have learned that it is the people who make the difference in every endeavor and each aspect of our lives. Not only have we have forged incredible relationships with so many of you and are blessed by you and your partnership over the years, but we also work with a wonderful team of people to serve you and our Lord in this ministry. As such, the offices of Lumen Mundi will be closed on Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th, so our team can enjoy their time with family and friends on this special day. We will reopen on Monday, November 28th, 9am, to continue serving your needs until our Christmas closure, which will begin this year on Thursday, December 22nd.
Happy Thanksgiving, and may God bless you!
Your Lumen Mundi and Devon Teams
We must never forget those who give so much!
There is a saying amongst those who serve in combat, “There are no atheists in the foxholes.” Faith is essential to all who serve. Faith in their cause, in their nation, in their fellow service members, and faith in their God. Faith that their purpose is noble, and that God will provide for their safety, comfort, protection of those they love, and faith that they will return home safely, especially when they serve far from home.
As Catholics, we need to pray for all, but, specifically for those who serve. We need to ask the Saints to intervene on our behalf, to protect and fortify those who sacrifice for us and for our nation. We need to pray for the comfort of those who serve, and for comfort and protection for their families.
Veterans Day in the United States, on November 11th, has beginnings in the armistice that ended World War I hostilities in 1918. The armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed thereafter that November 11th be observed as "Armistice Day." In 1954, Congress passed legislation that renamed the federal holiday "Veterans Day" in recognition of the service of veterans in all U.S. Wars.
On this day, we honor the sacrifices of all Veterans. We remember their willingness to answer the call of service, and pray that we may honor their commitment with our own commitment to remember them, not just on Veterans Day, but always.
The Lumen Mundi family thanks our veterans – not only for their service, but also for their undying commitment to each of us and our nation! Blessings to them and their families today and always.
As many of you know, we were fortunate enough to acquire the remaining inventory and assets of Devon Trading Company in late May of this year. As such, we wanted to provide an update on the status of the integration and let you know how much we appreciate your unending patience as we have been working through this process.
Our team has been working diligently to replenish inventory on both sides of the business, as well organize and prepare for resuming full shipping of the Devon product line. Products are arriving daily, but unfortunately, supply chain issues have continued to cause challenges, not only with inventory, but also, with supplies for our warehouse, including ladders, shelving and other things we need to be able to streamline this inventory and get product out the door to you, our valued customers! The good news is that we are expecting multiple shipments and have begun limited shipping of Devon products. We are confident that in the near future, we should have most of the inventory you want and need on hand and will be ready to resume full shipping.
Your sales representative or our customer service team is your best resource to see if a particular product is discontinued, back in stock and available for shipping, or on the way to our Florida warehouse, and to get status updates on any outstanding orders you may have placed.
We are excited about our new products (and the addition of Devon to our family of products) and want to thank you again for your patience as we continue to familiarize ourselves with, restock and integrate the Devon product lines into our warehouse and our business.
Again, if you have a particular need or request, please feel to reach out to us so we can address these for you as quickly as possible.
Yours in Christ,
The Lumen Mundi and Devon Teams
As we embark on our Labor Day weekend, we wanted to drop you a short note to say Happy Labor Day! Thank you for your hard work, your contributions to the communities of which you are a part, and, for giving us the blessings to help you in your businesses and ministries.
Have a blessed, fun, and safe weekend! And remember, even though we will be closed on Monday so our team can enjoy some time off with family and friends, we are always here to help you; we will be back in the office at 9am on Tuesday.
Yours In Christ,
The Lumen Mundi and Devon Teams
We are so excited to share our 2022 Fall Catalog with you. We have been very busy here at Lumen Mundi with our acquisition of Devon Trading Company and the expansion of our product lines.
We are excited to introduce many new products in this digital catalog, with even more new items coming soon. You can expect us to deliver the same great quality with even more products. Today we offer more than 10,000 items across the Holyland Treasures family of companies: Tuscan Hills, Lumen Mundi and now Devon Trading.
While we do appreciate your patience as we continue to integrate these new products into our line, our fall 2022 catalog is our first opportunity to feature some of the Devon products that we have access to, and have recently added; but please know, all the Devon products you know and love are currently in production and we hope to have them in our warehouse and ready for shipment shortly.
We encourage you to reach out to your sales representative or our customer service team if you have any questions, and, as always, our websites are available to you 24 hours a day.
Yours in Christ,
Gabrielle and the Lumen Mundi/Devon teams
On August 15th, we, as Catholics around the world, celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. This feast day commemorates the day when Mary, the mother of Jesus, was taken up ('assumed') into heaven after her earthly life came to an end. It affirms the belief that Mary was sinless and that she was taken into heaven both 'body and soul'. The Assumption teaches us that we too, through perseverance and faithfulness, can be united with God after our earthly life comes to an end.
The Assumption is a significant doctrine in the Catholic Church, and it is a Holy Day of Obligation and celebrated as a feast day and Public Holiday in many parts of Europe and South America (and further afield!). It is a time of joy and celebration reflected in the many colorful and exuberant pageants and processions and private family gatherings which take place on that day.
In some countries, such as Italy and Spain, there are huge parades and feasts in honor of the Virgin Mary. Statues of the Blessed Virgin, crowned and garlanded, are carried through the streets while onlookers worship and venerate her through the act of throwing scented rose petals. These processions draw in many tourists and are attended by those of all faiths due to the carnival atmosphere and festivities.
Many traditions are associated with this holiday. One is for children to wear blue, which is the color of Mary's mantle, white to symbolize purity or gold to reflect her crown. Some people choose to attend mass and say special prayers to Mary. Reflecting earlier Pagan festivals, crops and harvests are blessed by local clergy and baskets of fruit can be exchanged between neighbors and relatives. Some people also like to visit Marian shrines or take part in processions on this day. The merriment can often extend late into the evening with people dancing around bonfires and enjoying nocturnal fireworks.
If you are not fortunate enough to be able to attend a celebration, why not make your own at home? How about setting up a small Marian altar, with a statue of Our Lady, a Blessed candle and some lilies (associated with chastity) in a vase. Perhaps say a Decade of the Rosary or other favorite prayer with meditative hymnal music playing in the background. Give thanks for the sustenance and nourishment you (and your family) receive on a daily basis.
No matter how you choose to celebrate, this is a day to honor Mary and her importance in our lives. Many Catholics believe that the Assumption guarantees Mary's role as the queen of heaven and intercessor for humanity. This doctrine is a source of great joy for us as Catholics, who believe that Mary is now in the presence of God and that she prays for all the living and the dead.
We give thanks to God for His gift of Mary and we reflect on her example of duty and humility. We also remember that, like Mary, we too are called to a life of holiness.
“ Independence Day will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty.” - John Adams
John Adams believed the Fourth of July should be forever remembered with pomp, parades, and “Bells, Bonfires, and illuminations”. The Fourth of July should be viewed as a significant day for every American; a day that celebrates our hard-earned and long-cherished freedom from Great Britain. Through parades, feasts, and fireworks, Americans across the country will commemorate its heroes and honor their sacrifices to bring forth and sustain our nation, under God and endowed with unique blessings for our country and our people.
As each of us takes time with family and friends, we wish each of you the joy and prosperity that was earned this day, over 246 years ago, and may you celebrate and remember the deliverance that was secured and announced to the world on this fateful day.
From the Lumen Mundi and Devon Family, Happy Fourth of July to all! May this day be a symbol of peace, prosperity, and happiness in your lives. God bless America and the people who live here!
Yours in Christ,
*The Lumen Mundi and Devon offices will be closed on Monday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day.
As those of us blessed with children know, fatherhood does not come with a manual; but we are blessed with loving examples of fatherhood from Saint Joseph and, more importantly, the father of us all. Our loving God, who gives us life and teaches us love, who will always teach justly and grant us boundless mercy.
As we honor fathers next month, we also pray for them. A father’s love gives us security and safety. Dads are works in progress, and we hope and pray, saints in the making! They have taught us persistence and the power of love.
A father’s example is critical to all children and, whether our fathers are ours from by birth or adoption, they are men who love us and support us throughout our life.
So, as we head into this important day, take the time to order today so you can help your customers celebrate those special men who hold the title of father. Father’s come in many forms and are called in a special way: whether they are our priests and bishops who act as spiritual fathers, those fathers through birth or adoption, or simply those that fill the important role as uncles, brothers, or any other important man in a child’s life, we should celebrate all fathers on this special day in June!
Yours In Christ,
Gabrielle and the Lumen Mundi Team
After the celebration of the Feast of Pentecost, we continue to meditate on the great mystery of God through the feast of Trinity Sunday. The Holy Spirit makes the work of the Trinity for our salvation present among us: The Spirit reminds us of what Jesus taught and reveals to us the Father.
We are made in God’s image and likeness. We reflect the life of God, and the Trinity shows us what the life of God is like: a loving communion. God is a communion of Persons who is Love itself. And that Love gives life, not just within the Trinity and all its “begettings” and “proceedings,” but outside, as well.
On the Thursday after Trinity Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi, where we solemnly commemorate the institution of the Holy Eucharist. The Eucharist reminds us of how closely God wants to be to us and remain with us. He remains with us not just as an abstract idea, but in a real, tangible, physical sense.
While these Feasts celebrate different themes, they come together with God’s life-giving love. It’s that love that’s embodied in the Sacred Heart, in the Trinity, and the Eucharist. The season of these feasts brings a beautiful message for all to see and feel the glory and mystery of God.
We pray that love is felt by you during these feasts and throughout the year.
Yours in Christ,
Gabrielle and the Lumen Mundi & Devon Team
You only need to walk between the silent rows of headstones on the beaches of France, or look upon the murals of battles fought across the Pacific at the Punch Bowl in Hawaii, or stand before the memorial in Busan Korea, or watch the guards solemnly guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Virginia, to understand that wherever freedom was in jeopardy - where justice was in peril - you can find the graves and monuments to Americans who gave their last breath in defense of their nation. Their lives given into the hands of God.
Memorial Day is solemn and touches us emotionally. Its origin, while somewhat murky, has its beginnings after the Civil War; a war when more Americans would give their lives in service to their country than in any other conflict. Over the history of our country, over 1.1 million Americans have given their lives while in uniform, with almost half of those deaths in the Civil War.
It’s appropriate that we celebrate the freedoms so many enjoy, not just Americans, on this Memorial Day. All of us at Lumen Mundi hope you enjoy the arrival of Spring, savor the peace that allows us the opportunity to celebrate this day with friends and family and, when there is a moment, take some time to reflect, and remember that “Freedom is never free”; and many have made the ultimate sacrifice for us to enjoy the freedom we have today.
The Lumen Mundi and Devon offices will be closed on Monday, May 30th, so that our team can take this time to reflect and spend time with their family and friends. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 31st, and look forward to assisting you at that time.
Yours in Christ,
Gabrielle and the Lumen Mundi Team
“And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Mathew 28:20.
When we think about Ascension, we think of Jesus leaving his disciples, but He says, “I AM with you…”. The Ascension of our Lord is an event that is commemorated by a feast day, usually Thursday in the Sixth Week of Easter. It’s also one of the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary.
Forty days after Christ astounded His Apostles and disciples by his resurrection, it was time for Him to return to His Father in heaven and pave the way to make that our true home. Jesus’ leaving should give us all comfort knowing that when He departs to be at His Father’s side, He does not leave us, rather He is always among us, in the presence of the Holy Spirit.
At Lumen Mundi, we rejoice with all on this Glorious Day. Let us all celebrate in the comfort, and joy that Jesus is not departed, but always here; always with us.
Yours in Christ,
Gabrielle and the Lumen Mundi Team
Deerfield Beach, Florida
May 23rd, 2022
Lumen Mundi, the industry leader in Catholic religious gifts is excited to announce that they have completed the purchase of the assets of Devon Trading Company.
For over 70 years, Devon has represented both quality and customer service. Devon has always been there to provide unique items for those special moments for your customers, and, with this asset purchase, will continue to do so into the future.
Lumen Mundi is proud to add the Devon product lines to their family of products and ensure the same quality, selection, and customer service you have come to expect. We are excited to continue the Devon tradition.
Gabrielle Smith, President & Chief Happiness Officer, Lumen Mundi said: “Lumen Mundi is committed to continue the tradition Devon has built over the past 70+ years. We will continue providing and supporting Devon’s current products and policies, and want to ensure that the relationships built over the past 70 years continue to flourish with the addition of Devon to the Lumen Mundi family of brands.”
About Lumen Mundi
Lumen Mundi is an industry leading importer and wholesaler of Catholic gifts, and has been serving the industry for over 25 years. As a leader in custom and specialty gifts, Lumen Mundi has led with quality and innovation, with exceptional products from Italy and around the world.
About Devon Trading Company
Devon has been at the forefront of developing fine inspirational gifts for the Catholic Christian market. Leading in-house designers and product experts develop customized designs for specific needs. Devon is known for the most extensive line of rosaries and fine wood crucifixes in the US today.
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.