The International motto of the Benedictine worldwide is PAX, which means peace. It is unusually shown surrounded by a circle of thorns (Pax Inter Spinas) suggesting that peace is something a Christian finds even in the midst of troubles and difficulties. Our peace derives from our reconciliation with God, a reconciliation that Jesus achieved through an experience of violence, humiliation and pain. For this reason this piece includes the cross as well as the Crown of Thorns and the bold word PAX.
This is sterling silver, with a secure brass pin to fix it to the lapel a silver one would be too soft for the job. It is 2.5cm in diameter, and is sent out in a drawstring velvet pouch.