THE PHILIPPINE ROSE OF THANKSGIVING
Our logo was created by Rev. Fr. Emmanuel “Pong” Del Rosario of the Diocse of Cubao.
At the heart of St. Therese’s message is the TRINITARIAN COMMUNION OF PERFECT LOVE OF THE FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT. This is her gift to the Filipino People: a way to reflect and imitate the Trinitarian communion of love, Divinely accompishleshed in the Incarnation and Redemption, through her “little way” of Spiritual Childhood. “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven…” (Matthew 18:3). Hence, the rose’s tri-color bearing the colors of the Philippine flag.
The styled combination of the Cross and the Chi Rho (the first two letters of Christ’s name in Greek) represents the Saint’s affinity for the priests. Entering the monastery, she declared her intention of being a Carmelite: “to save souls and pray for priests”. Her visit is, therefore, most opportune as the CBCP declared 2018 as the Year of the Clergy. The Cross, also appearing as a shepherd’s staff, is purposely slanted in the style as St. Therese holds it in her many images and pictures which has become very familiar to many of us.
Over-all, this logo signifies St. Therese’s special affection and favor for the Filipino people, and the latter’s loving response to her, manifested through humble efforts at living out in daily life the Little Way of hers.
The PHILIPPINE ROSE OF THANKSGIVING is, therefore, a gift, an offering, and a message.