The Maltese Cross has 4 arms of equal length, but each arm becomes progressively broader as it leaves the center. The outer edge of each arm is indented in the shape of a "V". There are 2 points at the end of each arm, 8 in all, representing the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-10). Between the arms of the cross are 4 Lilies, the symbol of purity. The 4 open spaces between the arms form 4 Hearts, the symbol of Loyalty. The appendage is a Dove, the symbol of the Holy Spirit.