On the St. Benedict Medal

Even before I came to St. James Academy and joined St. Benedict’s Community (BENE! DICT!), I had been a big fan of the Father of Western Monasticism. At first, I was inspired by his commitment to radically following Christ rather than getting caught up in the distractions of the world. But later, I found that I have a Benedictine spirituality, finding that a setting the rhythm of my day around prayer can bear great fruit in my life.

So I’m Benedict ’til I die.

Anyway, I thought it was great to run across this story today about the significance of the St. Benedict medal– undoubtedly one of the coolest medals in Catholicism.

The Protection and Significance of A St. Benedict Medal Explained!

The medal is a way to obtain God’s blessings and protection through the intercession of St. Benedict. Wearing it is a way to remind ourselves of our life in Christ and the promises of heaven. It is a form of prayer and yet another way we can incorporate God into our daily lives.

According to the Order of St. Benedict, “The medal is a prayer of exorcism against Satan, a prayer for strength in time of temptation, a prayer for peace among ourselves and among the nations of the world, a prayer that the Cross of Christ be our light and guide, a prayer of firm rejection of all that is evil, a prayer of petition that we may with Christian courage ‘walk in God’s ways, with the Gospel as our guide,’ as St. Benedict urges us.”

The article also includes a long YouTube video about St. Benedict. It’s 1:28:35, so I’m waiting to watch it some other time.

You can also enter to win a bracelet with medals on it. Neat. :)