Our Emblem

This mosaic of the Faith and Light emblem can be seen in the St. Pius X Basilica in Lourdes.

The picture of people in a boat and the sun breaking through after the storm was drawn by Meb, who was in a group formed in 1971.

Meb was a painter, he had an intellectual disability. He composed his work of art on the occasion of the first pilgrimage to Lourdes in 1971, after someone read him the Charter of the first Faith and Light pilgrimage.

What he did was very simple. A boat in which he put a number of figures. He painted twelve of them. Jesus must be sleeping somewhere in the bottom of the boat. Then there was the sun and the clouds. Meb was certainly very inspired. He could not count.

meb's painting

His idea:
We are in a boat and we are travelling together. Sometimes the sea is rough, sometimes it’s dead calm, sometimes you need to row, and sometimes the wind blows in the sails.

Meb had understood all that. Here is the caption that goes with the drawing :

The clouds parted and Your light, oh Lord, shone down upon us.