Memorare Media's Logo:
"Men do not fear a powerful hostile army as the powers of hell fear the name and protection of Mary." - St. Bonaventure
My logo, referred to as the Marycrest, was designed by me and created by a graphic designer.
The Marycrest, which resembles a shield, symbolizes my fervent hope that Our Blessed Mother will guard each of us with the shield of her protection. The prayer we offer for such protection is the Memorare. She is depicted above the shield looking down on her beloved children while offering her prayerful intercession.
You might also notice that the shield is adorned with traditional Marian symbolism. The colors are Marian blue.
The protection of the Blessed Mother is also implied in the background that you see throughout the website. The flowing colors of blue and white represent the flowing fabric of Our Lady's mantle, enveloping us and keeping us always near Her Immaculate Heart.
The inspiration for the Marycrest comes from a story of an incident that occurred during the Second World War:
Father Hubert Schiffer was one of four Jesuit priests assigned to the Church of Our Lady's Assumption in Hiroshima, Japan.
Shortly after 8am on the morning of August 6, 1945, Father Schiffer, after celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, returned to the rectory to have breakfast. Around 8:15 am, as Schiffer had just put his spoon into a grapefruit, there was a bright flash of light.
"Suddenly, a terrific explosion filled the air with one bursting thunder stroke," Schiffer recalled. "An invisible force lifted me from the chair, hurled me through the air, shook me, battered me, whirled me 'round and 'round like a leaf in a gust of autumn wind."
Schiffer was rendered unconscious. When he awoke, he found himself laying on the ground. The only physical harm to himself was that he could feel a few pieces of glass in the back of his neck. The priest looked around at his surroundings and found that there was nothing in any direction -- buildings in all directions were leveled to the ground. Half a million people were annihilated that morning. However, just 8 blocks from the impact site, the church and the four Jesuit priests, survived the searing hurricane of blast and gamma rays of an atomic bomb explosion. To the amazement of medical professionals, Fr. Schiffer's body contained no radiation or ill-effects from the bomb.
Fr. Schiffer attributed his survival to his devotion to the Blessed Mother, and his daily rosary. The priest recalled that he felt as if he received a "protective shield from the Blessed Mother" which safeguarded him from the blast and the radiation.
A similar account exists with the bombing of Nagasaki, where St. Maximilian Kolbe had established a Franciscan Friary. Like the church in Hiroshima, the friary was unharmed because of what the friars considered a special protection from the Blessed Mother, as the Brothers too prayed the daily Rosary. Like the Jesuit priests, the Franciscans also had no health effects from the bomb.
"It was not courage, not arms, not leaders, but
Mary of the Rosary that made us victors."
-Venetian Senators after the Battle of Lepanto