Our Saint Benedict of Nursia Plaque shows St. Benedict, the founder of western monasticism, who was born (c. 480) in Nursia and died at Monte Cassino (543). In April 2008, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said that “with his life and work, St Benedict exercised a fundamental influence on the development of European civilization and culture” and greatly helped Europe to emerge from the “dark night of history” after the collapse of the Roman Empire. This plaque of St. Benedict is a marvelous reminder of the value of prayer and meditation for young and old alike. This bronze plaque is a very fitting gift for confirmations, birthdays, first communions, and the feast day of St. Benedict, July 11th.
A Bronze Wall Plaque in Three Sizes
Available in three sizes – Small (p77k – 2.25 x 1.9 inches), Medium (p64m – 4 x 3.25 inches), and Large (p14g – 7.6 x 6.3 inches) – this bronze wall plaque hangs easily on the wall at home or in the office. A master bronze-smith designed and cast this solid bronze plaque. This is a truly distinctive gift for that special ”Benedict” in your life!
Saint Benedict – Founder of Western Monasticism
This plaque depicts St. Benedict referring to his famous Rule of Benedict. The spirit of the Rule of St. Benedict can be summed up in two Benedictine mottos: pax (“peace”) and the traditional ora et labora (“pray and work”). Also depicted in this plaque is a raven snatching away a poisoned loaf of bread. This was, according to legend, the second unsuccessful attempt by disgruntled monks to poison Benedict. (In their first attempt they poisoned Benedict’s cup of wine. When Benedict prayed a blessing over the cup, it shattered.) In the background on this plaque stands Monte Cassino, St. Benedict’s first monastery and the source of the Benedictine Order. In the top left of the plaque is depicted Benedict’s “Ladder of Humility” – his own “Twelve Step Guide” to humility in chapter 7 of the Rule of St. Benedict. This is indeed a wonderful gift for St. Benedict’s feast day on July 11th, as well as for a first communion, confirmation, and a birthday.