The dominant feature of the seal is the upper portion of the Cross of Christ and in its center is the star of Bethlehem. Just above the cross are the words PAX ET BONUM. Beneath these cross and stars are two arms crossing each other, their palms nailed to the ends of the horizontal bar.

Right below these arms is a torch shaped like a clay pot with bright light steadily burning. On both sides of this torch are clouds slowly rising towards the cross.


PAX ET BONUM

PEACE AND ALL GOOD

This was the peace greeting of St. Francis. In all his sermons he began by wishing his hearers peace, saying to them, "God give you peace." The true Lourdesian must be a person of peace; one whose desire is the good and peace of others.


The Cross and the Bethlehem star speak only of one Man, Jesus. His mission on earth was Peace and all Good. From the cradle to the grave, from Bethlehem to Calvary, His life was a sermon of Peace and Love. When he was born, angels sang "Peace on earth and goodwill to men." Before He died on the cross, His last words brought the message of forgiveness and love.


The true Lourdesian must be marked with the star of Bethlehem and the Cross of Calvary. He must be a person whose whole life is permeated with peace and love of Christ. The true Lourdesian is a child of Mary. His life must be characterized by the Marian virtues.


The two arms crossing each other are those of Christ and St. Francis of Assisi. The life of St. Francis after his conversion was nailed to the cross of Christ. With the five wounds imprinted on his hands, feet and side, Francis was a living witness of the Suffering Servant of Yahweh. The true Lourdesian, imbued with Franciscan spirituality must be ready to suffer with and for Christ, believing that no one is really Christian without lovingly embracing his daily cross. The clay pot takes the place of the usual torch. Traditionally, the pot is where we cook our staple food.


The true Lourdesian must always be aware of his Filipino identity, ready to give and serve. The clay pot is earthen, shaped by a potter the way He wants it. Being earthen, it can be easily broken.


The true Lourdesian must always bear in mindthat like this earthen vessel, life is shaped by the Eternal Potter and being earthen, his life is temporary, a preparation for the life with the creator.






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