EXPLANATION OF THE LOGO OF THE 150 YEARS
I FOUND YOU BECAUSE YOU CAME TO MEET ME. I FOUND YOU BECAUSE YOU LET YOURSELF BE KNOWN.
The 150 years of the Death Anniversary of Bl. Francisco Palau marks the encounter of Palau with the Church, face to face.
The figure of a man kneeling depicts Palau and his encounter with the Church, represented by a figure of a woman who for Francisco is ‘his Daughter, his Spouse, his Queen and his Mother’. (MR 17, 4) and offering his life for her, he will ‘Go out to preach the Gospel’ with the law impressed on his heart that which is ‘love of God and love of neighbor’ (MR 1, 18-20). Their arms outstretched to give and receive the gift of mission (to create communion, announce the beauty, restore the beauty, listen…) from which flows the essence of our existence as a family. Also, it shows Mary, the Perfect and Complete image of the Church.
The figure “looking” at each other signifies the loving gaze of God the Father to us, his children. The image of man and woman subtly forms the shape of a mountain, which resembles the place of encounter of Palau and the Church, as in the scriptures where God meet his people. The orientation of the lines is outward, to signify our task to go out and perform a liberating and healing service to the wounded Body of Christ with total availability. The three stars are the symbol of Carmel, in thanksgiving to our roots and identity which challenge us to be authentic missionaries in the realities and context of today. The round shape signifies constant motion, which reflects the Holy Spirit who moves and animates us towards achieving the dream of God for us to live fully our true identity as sons and daughters of God. It also stands for eternity and what awaits us from this life to the next. The yellow color stands for the light of encounter flowing from the encounter of God and man, Divine and human, the Beloved and the Lover. It illumines the whole figure so much so that its light spreads to the world. It reflects us as Palautian missionaries in the Church, who carry the same light within us and bring us closer to our brothers and sisters. The lines beneath the figure that sketches a subtle image of paths symbolizes our hopes, aspirations and dreams for the future.
Sr. Clarynse N. Subijano, CMT