"Come on up, my friend, to a higher place" (Lk 14:10) This is where I post my two cents' worth of reflections on matters pastoral, spiritual, and theological always with the end in view of helping others, and, in turn, being helped by them as we climb as pilgrims towards the mountain of the Lord.
The chosen motto of the foundation is my favorite passage from Luke 14:10 “Amice, ascende superius! (Come on up, friend, to a higher place.) This stands for the idea of the Foundation as focused on inviting myself, first of all, as a priest, and others, too, as brother priests, to go up higher, transcend natural human limitations and weaknesses, get beyond oneself, and figuratively scale the heights of their human and ministerial potentials as priests after the heart of Christ, the Good Shepherd.
That motto stands for my longstanding interest for the heights, for whatever is better, nobler, and higher in every sense of the term. It represents my dream for a better world, a better church, and definitely better equipped ministers and pastors, who also heed the call of the Lord to go up where it’s higher, where things are better, where everything could be elevated towards the heights of wholeness and holiness. Recently, DBTC Mandaluyong requested if they could use the same motto, in replacement of the one, through my suggestion, that was adopted back in 1987 (Pro Deo et Patria). I was glad again to be part of their ongoing journey as they scale the heights of academic professionalism and search for excellence.
1. The powerful symbol of mountains and the heights represented by the two peaks in green.
2. The equally powerful symbol of the “way” or the “path” (patoto) that meanders upwards in between the two peaks.
3. The letter M that the two mountain peaks appear to portray. It is a compelling but subtle image of Mother, referring principally to Mother Mary, who journeys on as guide together with me and fellow priests.
4. The figure of the priest (in yellow), and all those who journey closely with them who are all called to become the best he could be in the eyes of God and men.