From my book: Catholic Saints Prayer Book (OSV, 2008):
480-543 • Feast Day: March 21
Patron of Europe and against poisoning
“To pray for one’s enemies in the love of Christ; to make peace with one’s adversary before sundown
and never to despair of God’s mercy.”
— ST. BENEDICT
St. Benedict was born in the year 480 at Nursia in southern Italy, to a noble Roman family.
Benedict saw the corruption of the world in his youthmand left home to live in a cave in the mountain of
Subiaco, near Rome. There he was taught the Christian ascetical life by St. Romanus.
Benedict quickly attracted a large number of disciples because of his holiness. In 529, he left for
Monte Cassino, where he founded the great abbey that became a center of the religious life in Europe.
Abbot Benedict wrote “The Rule,” instructions for monastic life that would become the basis of religious
life for all Western religious orders and congregations of his time. The Rule teaches the way to perfection
through mortification, humility, obedience, prayer silence, and detachment from the world. Some conspired
against him, not wanting to obey the Rule. However, countless souls were converted by Benedict’s
holiness and his Rule of life.Many miracles have been attributed to Benedict,
including raising a boy from the dead. He trusted God for everything. Money and food always showed up
when he needed it. Benedict foretold the day of his death and was then seized with a violent fever.
On the sixth day of illness, March 21, 543, he was carried into the chapel by his disciples to
receive the Body and Blood of Jesus. He then raised his arms to heaven and prayed his last prayer
before dying at the altar. Many miracles have occurred through Benedict’s
intercession.The highly esteemed medal of St. Benedict dates back to the time of
the abbot himself, who frequently battled evil spirits. The St. Benedict medal is blessed with three solemn
prayers by a Benedictine monk or authorized priest; one of the blessings is an
exorcism. This medal is known for having much power over evil. It offers powerful protection in spir-
itual and temporal needs when worn or used with devotion and a trust in the life-giving power of the holy
Cross and the merits of St. Benedict.
Prayer to St. Benedict
Dear St. Benedict, so many miracles have been attributed
to you. Your reputation to protect against
please grant me (here mention your request). Amen
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