This statuette is a lovely reproduction of Our Lady of Montserrat, who, as one of the black Madonnas of Europe, goes by her familiar Catalan title, la Moreneta (“the little dark-skinned one”). The orginal Our Lady of Montserrat statue is a Romanesque sculpture from the late 12th century. This statuette will be a most lovely gift for a wedding or a wedding anniversary, an ordination or ordination anniversary, a profession or jubilee of religious vows, and for your favorite Jesuit or Jesuit institution!
Our Lady of Montserrat – An Exquisite Labor of Love, Faith, and Hope
This statuette of Our Lady of Montserrat stands 6.75 inches tall and is made from highly polished dolomite stone and resin. A religious community of cloistered sisters creates and hand-finishes every statuette in their monastery workshop in Western Europe. Each religious sister prayerfully carries out a particular task to help in the completion of each statuette. Where, how, and by whom the Our Lady of Montserrat is made means that this statuette is indeed ”culturally authentic” and an exquisite labor of love, faith and hope!
Saint Ignatius of Loyola and Our Lady of Montserrat
Upon his recovery from battle wounds suffered in Pamplona, Spain and his conversion while convalescing at home, the future Saint Ignatius of Loyola set out on pilgrimage to the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat on the Montserrat mountain in Catalonia, Spain. There, on March 25, 1522, he laid down his sword and vestments before the statue of Our Lady of Montserrat and put on sackcloth as a beggar. Being a young 26-year old romantic, he envisioned himself now as a knight of the Heavenly King. Saint Ignatius went on to found the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Our Lady of Montserrat still holds a special place in the hearts of Jesuits worldwide.