An absolutely essential symbol (a cross and the letter “S”), in which every detail is full of meanings and messages ever more extended and deep; for example, the arms of that Cross represent a tree, a sword, a banner, inviting you to “see” reality in ever larger dimensions. And from the symbolic figure, the attentive and humble listener can derivate unforeseen but immanent calls and messages of eternal truth about man, about life, about the Sense.
It is not possible to directly connect the symbol of the Celestine Cross with images, profane or sacred, that let it foretell. That symbol is not a derivative symbol. It is absolutely original, perhaps “created” but certainly “suggested” by a mystic founder, rich in biblical and theological culture (otherwise how could he became Pope of Holy Chirch?), master of Knowledge, Guardian of Faith, Guarantor of Orthodoxy.
The pilgrim or the scholar, the seeker of spirituality or the expert of medieval culture, who go to visit an hermitage or a cenobium founded by Pietro da Morrone (1209-1296), then Pope Celestino V, impelled by the desire or need to rediscover the peace of the heart, they are captivated by the beauty and mystery of the Celestine Cross that welcomes them.
The Celestine Cross appears in front of those who enter, and offers a welcome that has the taste of ancient hospitality, imposing itself as an invitation to silence and contemplation of the Mystery. To the sensibility of the homo viator that symbol is rich of meanings and, in its simplicity, allows to perceive a cordial invitation to pause, as if we had reached a source, that source that has been source of life and Humanity for seven centuries.