THE MOTTO OF THE ABBEY : « IN VINCULO PACIS»

Since its origins in 1216, the emblem of the Abbey of Val-Dieu is symbolized by the two rings, and by its motto "In vinculo pacis".  This latin phrase means "In the bond of peace”.  Those two rings are found everywhere in the abbey (wall, floor, windows, chairs, doors, fireplace ...) and are still present on the pendant worn by members of the Christian Community.  These rings are also a sign of recognition between them when visiting sister monasteries.  They are also found in the background of the labels of the Val-Dieu beer.  This motto reminds us constantly that getting together and humility are on the path to happiness.  Have lots of sweetness and patience, put up with others with love, make sure to preserve the unity of the spirit through « the bond of peace ».  This peace must be reached with God, with the neighbor and with oneself.