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House of Ruiz

House Patron: St. Lorenzo Ruiz     RUIZ
House Color: Red, the color of martyrs
Feast Day:  September 28
Motto: Mille Animas (“a thousand lives”)
 
Symbol: The Phoenix
The mythological phoenix was a creature who died to self, to let a new life rise from the ashes.  This is an apt symbol of the martyr who dies to life in this world and is reborn to eternal life in the glory of God.  
 
Crest:
The House of Ruiz wears red, the color of martyrdom.  Lawrence Ruiz was a husband and father and a native of the Philippines.  The sun crowning the chief field, as well as the stars connecting the beads of the Rosary, come from the flag of the Philippines.  When John Paul the Great traveled to the Philippines in 1981, Ruiz became the first person whose beatification ceremony was held outside the Vatican. He was canonized in 1987. The crest shows red, blue, and white divisions from the Filipino flag. The rosary shows that Saint Lawrence Ruiz was a lifelong member of the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary, while the palm branches signify his martyrdom. After he was wrongly accused of murdering a Spaniard, he escaped with three Dominican priests. They made it to Japan only to be arrested by the anti-Christian regime there. The shogunate brutally tortured Ruiz and his companions before their execution.  “Had I one thousand lives, all of these I would give to God,” said Ruiz to witnesses who escaped back to the Philippines. The motto comes from that profession of faith. The mythological phoenix was a creature who died to self, to let a new life rise from the ashes. This is an apt symbol of the martyr who dies to life in this world and is reborn to eternal life in the glory of God. Saint Lawrence Ruiz, pray for us!
 
The statue of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz can be found in the rotunda opposite the cafeteria.