The source of inspiration for this coat of arms is a verse from the Gospel according to Mark: “From the fig tree learn its lesson: As soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near.” (Mk 13,28).
It is Jesus inviting us to be ready to recognize the news of the Kingdom of God, which with its own vitality and freshness, comes to renew all things.
The presence of Jesus among men is the spring which preludes to a fruitful and joyful season (summer) in which all the fruits of the Mercy of God the Father will be fully and permanently shown.
The light colours evoke the freshness of spring, the dynamic and pleasant period of time announcing the Gospel of Salvation.
Particularly, the blue colour expresses the bright and peaceful clearness of God’s mystery, who loves and meets humanity to make her happy. It is a mystery of love that pours out serenity, light and peace.
On the “celestial” background, the three tender leaves, spreading upwards from the top of the fig branch, cover the majority of the coat of arms, as if they were hands opening to receive the Gift of God (Jesus Christ) and expressing the glory, praise and thanksgiving for His wonders.
The fruits (two figs) that are just below the fresh shoot, indicate that the plant can already bear fruit, because they have already been nourished by grace. And the difference in the shapes and size of the two fruits well represents the vital dynamism of the plant that produces over time several generations of its fruits.
The ripeness of the fig tree is also represented by the grey colour of the branch (which is the typical natural colour of the mature plant) and the dark leaves that are drawn lower, on the back. A ripeness that expresses experience, bond with the most authentic and living tradition: a plant, therefore, which is always young and alive despite having lasted so many years.
Innovation and life experience are the two features that, strictly bonded together, indicate the balance and health of the plant.
An allegory of the Church, which is firmly established in the ancient prophetic announcement of God’s promises, and that constantly remains young because of the gifts that God continues to bestow upon her.