Deus Meus et Omnia

So what does: “Deus meus et omnia” mean?

A bunch of websites claim it is the motto for the Franciscan order who translate it: “My God and my all”. However Wikipedia says the Franciscan motto is “Pax et bonum”.

In Knowing God, J. I. Packer ascribes the phrase to Martin Luther and translates: “God is mine and everything is mine,” p143.

The Packer quote is awesome (very Romans 8:31-32), but is it right? Confusing.

For the Fransican option you would expect ‘meus’ to be genitive not nominative, right? (although Thomas’ “My God” in John 20:28 is ‘Deus meus’)

For the Packer/Luther way you would expect ‘meus’ to be accusative tense, right? However it seems to be nominative! Any Latin gurus out there?…


10 thoughts on “Deus Meus et Omnia”

  1. Well, that just goes to show that one should never trust Wikipedia too much. I think Pax et bonum was what Francis would greet those whom he met on the road (sort of a Latin ‘Hello!”), while Deus Meus et Omnia is the proper motto of the Franciscan order.

    I’ve got “my God and (my) all” for this. Meus is agreeing with deus, and I think omnia is I think Packer’s translation is a bit “creative” – I mean, it gets the sense across – but not quite what the Latin literally says. Having said that, I barely passed my Latin exams and Packer blitzed through his Oxford Classics degree with alphas throughout ….

  2. Hey there,

    I know this is random, and years after the post, but the Latin adjective “meus” is declined to match the noun it describes. It means “mine” regardless of the case it’s in. I think you’re confusing it with the Latin noun for “me” which is:

    ego (I)
    mei (of me)
    mihi (to/for me)
    me (me)
    me (from/by/with me)

    “Omnia” is an adverb meaning “in all ways.”

  3. I attended Saint Francis Prep in Brooklyn New York (it is now in Queens New York) and I was told my teachers (who were Franciscan Brothers) that Deus Meus et Omnia was the motto of their Order —- it was also the motto of our school, on our ID cards, and carved in stone several places ….

  4. The Deus Meus et Omnia is attributed to St Francis of Assisi in his praising of God – the Pax et Bonum is as mentioned above a greeting or good-bye – basically among Franciscans meaning “peace and good” – however the word translation in English of “Bonum” lacks in its grasp of the actual Latin (in my opinion). Hope this helps from a Franciscan perspective.

  5. Haven’t got a clue peeps. All I know that it was displayed above the altar of my church which is at least 130 years old. Well before Martin Luther

  6. Like Edward Gawlinski above, I attended a Franciscan High School, St Anthony’s Preparatory in Smithtown, Long Island (Now located in Huntington, Long Island). The Franciscan motto was absolutely “Deus Meus et Omnia”. Our book covers, gym shirts and just about everything associated with the school including the logo “Galloping Friars” and our senior class rings was emblazoned with the words “Deus Meus et Omnia”. The good brothers were and remain natural marketers. I was never as good in Latin as I should have been, but I can tell you the Franciscans are an amazing order and the Franciscan motto will live with me forever.

  7. Well, my school was run by CFMSS (Clarist Franciscan Missionaries of the Most Blessed Sacrament) and we had this motto ‘Deus meus et omnia’ besides ‘Porto i misteri’ and the Christogram ‘IHS’ on our school crest.

  8. Roughly translated, it means “My God and all that is Him,” although some interpret it as “My God and His everything.” Changing “et” to “est” changes the meaning to “My God is my everything.” I prefer the phrase Gratia Deus meus est Omnium, which roughly translates to “The Grace of my God is my everything.”

  9. Our school badge had it, St Francis Xavier, we were told by the monks it meant My God And All.

  10. In The Monastery of St Francis and Gorton Trust Manchester, They have a resorted Mosaic in the Great Nave which Says “Deus meus et omnia” meaning “my God and /or My all” !!!

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