MOTTO: "Building a civilization of love"
The phrase "civilization of love" was coined by Pope Paul VI in 1975, and was frequently used by Blessed John Paul II, who viewed it as the fruit of the "new evangelization":
"Mindful of the words of the Lord: "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another' (Jn 13: 35), Christians can yearn for nothing more ardently than to serve the people of this age with an ever growing generosity and success" (Gaudium et Spes, n. 93).
This task, which the Second Vatican Council gave us at the end of the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, responds to the fascinating challenge of building a world enlivened by the law of love, a civilization of love, "founded on the universal values of peace, solidarity, justice and liberty, which find their full attainment in Christ" (Tertio Millennio Adveniente, n. 52).
This civilization is based on recognition of the universal sovereignty of God the Father, the inexhaustible source of love."
-- Pope John Paul II, General Audience – December 15, 1999
COLF's logo symbolizes the following:
The family, nuclear or extended, within which parents and children thrive and together open up to the outside, exterior world;
Joy, which comes with having, raising and educating children, and the joy of sharing within the small community of the family;
A welcome to the smallest, the weakest, the excluded, with the extended arms of the family members;
Christian faith, which is at the center of the family as the cross of the Resurrected Christ, who is the source of loving relationships and fruitful lives. It is God who gives Life to the family and who comes to save it, and finally;
Strength, The unity of the group shows the cohesion that makes the family strong and capable of giving and receiving within the world., which comes with having, raising and educating children, and the joy of sharing within the small community of the family.