Josemaría Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei. Forgive my cynicism but he was probably made a saint purely out of gratitude that he kept up the Catholic Church's 'way of God' popularity by maintaining that "ordinary human life is a path to sanctity", or by 'Finding God in daily life' (*see below). And by empathising with those he spoke to, being enthusiastic and, in the words of John L. Allen, "his effervescence, his keen sense of humor. He cracks jokes, makes faces, roams the stage, and generally leaves his audience in stitches in off-the-cuff responses to questions from people in the crowd"...bit of showmanship then? Bit of pathos? Well, all that and blind obedience. Opus Dei has a dubious histroy in politics and is not without it's critics:
"Early Opus Dei flourished in the atmosphere of religious fervor within the winning side of the Spanish Civil War. Its founder, Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, was a strong supporter of the "Crusade" as the Spanish bishops labeled the war."The reason that this year may be different is that hopefully we will finally see the release of There Be Dragons, starring amongst others the lovely Olga, which of course means that even if the film is crap (though I doubt it), I won't care; hey, with that attitude I could be in OD!
* What I mean is that the Catholic Church would always be grateful to anyone for 'normalising' their religion. Decades and decades of scientific advances go hand in hand with falling numbers of church members so anyone that convinces others that all the simple, daily things (a falling leaf, a new flower, being with friends, a drop of rain, cooking a meal blah, blah, blah) are really God's work must be a saint, right? OK, I'm waffling now but a simple anedote of how warped all this shite is - to me - was a church in Ecuador with a small chapel inside with those gawky bright coloured murals with an eye in a star with the painted 'rays shining down', dedicated to God because he had saved the village by sending them the cure...of a raging plague that had lasted weeks and killed most of them. Nice.