Seek without limits Him who should be loved without limits. (St. Augustine)
Images of St. Augustine often show him holding a heart, the universal symbol representing the core and essence of the human person.
The heart in the Seal of the Order represents God’s unfathomable love for each of us, and his command to love one another as he has loved us.
It also serves to symbolize Augustine’s profound love of God and of his fellow sisters and brothers.
A passion for life and for love, especially Divine Life and the love of the Trinity, shaped Augustine as it does us.
The seal uses an opened book to represent Sacred Scriptures. The Holy Scripture were instrumental in St. Augustine’s conversion to Christ and to Christianity.
For St. Augustine, ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ. Our search for wisdom, inspired by Augustine, is informed and confirmed by Christ – the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Finally, the arrow piercing the heart symbolizes the Spirit of God piercing our own hearts, sanctifying us in God’s love. We are impelled by the love of God who has been poured into our hearts to seek God in all things and above all things.
The words “Veritas, Unitas and Caritas” are often found in older versions of the Seal. “Truth, Unity and Love” are essential elements of our life in Christ and in our Augustinian vocation. Christ is our Truth; the Holy Spirit brings us together in Unity; and God is our Love.