COAT OF ARMS

The Carmel of the Divine Heart of Jesus has it's own unique charism and spirit... our Coat of Arms expresses this with clarity and beauty. Two fields are depicted on our Coat of Arms: the brown field represents humility and penance, the silver star in the center stands for the living members of the Carmel who are striving to practice these virtues. The white field symbolizes Mary, the Mother of God. One of the two golden stars in this area represents the saints of Carmel of the old law; the other star, the saints of Carmel of the new law. Holy Mother Teresa added the cross in order to inspire her daughters with a greater love of the cross of Jesus. The stars above the crown symbolize the shining virtues of the Mother of God. The arm and hand is that of the prophet Elias, the "Father of all Carmelites", the sword he is wielding signifies his ardor: "With zeal, I am zealous for the Lord God of Hosts". The wreath of thorns represents the sufferings that the Church must endure because of the sins of her members.

The Carmel of the Divine Heart of Jesus should be ignited with fervor and ready to offer itself as a victim in order to atone for all those who have been "torn from the Heart of Jesus." A Carmelite Sister D.C.J. must engrave the Coat of Arms on her heart and become, through its meaning, a "heroic victim soul." Our goal is to transform our "silver star" in this life into the golden star in heaven. There as saints, we may give praise to God for all eternity!