What is the significance of Ozark Catholic Academy’s motto and crest?
The Motto: Docilitas, Veritas, Libertas and Sanctificate.
Docility/Docilitas: OCA strives to enliven a student’s docility — i.e., the spirit of openness to what is taught and the sensitivity to the presence of Truth. Docility or to be Docile has a very different meaning in various contexts; our use of Docility ties to the Holy Spirit. St. Josemaria Escriva states, “If we are docile to the Holy Spirit, the image of Christ will be formed more and more fully in us, and we will be brought closer every day to God the Father.”
Truth/Veritas: Docility engenders a genuine humility (the choice to accept reality as it is), essential to the ultimate reason for education —the pursuit of truth.
Freedom/Libertas: Together, Docility and a genuine pursuit of truth allows one to understand freedom. OCA aims to teach the proper use of freedom. “And you will know the truth and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32).
Sanctify/Sanctificate: The pursuit of truth comes to fruition when a student allows himself to be sanctified by the truth so that he may transcend himself in the sanctification of others.
The Colors: Red, Blue, Gold and White.
Red represents magnanimity, strength, and martyrdom. One can contemplate the blood that Christ shed for us on the cross. God became man, in order to shed his blood for man.
Blue indicates loyalty, charity, truth, and strength of faith. The Blessed Virgin Mary’s images mostly have her dressed in blue.
Gold symbolizes wisdom, generosity, glory. Gold also symbolizes the transcendent God.
White signifies truth, sincerity, peace, and purity. The unblemished lamb (Christ) had to be sacrificed to save us from our sins.
The star represents Christ as the Light and Truth; Veritas is placed under the star to give a weighted significance that OCA directed to toward Christ.
The olive branches and olives signifies peace and reconciliation as well as independence, strength, tradition and vitality.
The elk, mountains, water and an oak, four elements of God’s creation found in the Ozarks, remind us that the school is rooted in a particular time and place, reflecting the Incarnation.
The cross divides the four images of nature, indicates that through the sacrifice of our Lord on the cross, along with our participation in it, the whole of creation is redeemed.
The border embracing all four images is God, who is the source of the harmonious unity of all reality, reflected in the school’s integrated curriculum.
The Franciscan cross at the bottom of the crest is reminiscent of a knot and thus emphasizes the unity and the ultimate peace that results from our Lord's sacrifice on the cross and the sanctification of oneself and the world it makes possible.