This is our inspiring Saint Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer Plaque. Saint Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer (1902-1975) was a priest from Spain who founded Opus Dei (Latin for “Work of God”), an organization of priests and lay persons committed to the doctrine that everyone is called to holiness and ordinary life itself is a path to holiness. Pope John Paul II declared that Saint Josemaría should be “counted among the great witnesses of Christianity.” This lovely plaque is an especially suitable gift a birthday, first communion, confirmation, and for his feast day on June 26th.
A Bronze Plaque Available in Two Sizes
Available in two sizes – small (p219k – 2 x 1.8 inches) or large (p820g – 7.9 x 6.3 inches) – this plaque is designed to hang with ease on the wall in office, home or studio. This solid bronze plaque was conceived and cast in Germany by a master goldsmith of world renown. This is indeed a most fitting gift for that special “Jose Maria” or member of Opus Dei in your life!
Opus Dei – The Universal Call to Holiness
Saint Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer and Opus Dei have aroused controversy, mostly concerning allegations of unwarranted secrecy, elitism, cult-like practices within Opus Dei, and political alignment with right-wing political powers, such as the dictatorship of General Franco in Spain (1939–1975). After his death, Saint Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer’s canonization attracted considerable attention both within the Roman Catholic Church and in the worldwide media. But Popes John Paul I, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis, as well as many other Catholic leaders worldwide, have strongly endorsed Escrivá’s teaching on the universal call to holiness (a major theme of Vatican II, go to History/Story tab), the role of lay persons, and the sanctification of work. In fact, Escrivá may be disliked by some Catholics, but he is venerated by millions more.