Friday, June 22, 2012

The evil spirits were particularly enraged by the blessed medal of Saint Benedict

As this website explains:

St. Benedict was the father of Western Monasticism. He was born in Nursia, Italy, in 480. Beginning in 520, he founded twelve monasteries in the region of Subiaco. The foundation at Monte Cassino (529) became the cradle of his Order. His twin sister was St. Scholastica. Benedict died march 21, 542.

St. Benedict had a profound veneration for the Holy Cross and for our Saviour Crucified. In virtue of the Sign of the Cross he wrought many miracles and exercised great power over the spirits of darkness.

In consequence of the great veneration in which St. Benedict was held from the early middle ages, it followed that a medal was struck.

His medal has exceptional powers against the demons of Hell.

The Medal of Saint Benedict is one of the Sacramentals of the Church. The value and power of the Medal must be ascribed to the merits of Christ Crucified, to the efficacious prayers of St. Benedict, to the blessing of the Church, and specially to the faith and holy disposition of the person using the Medal.


The front of the medal shows St. Benedict holding a cross in one hand and the book of his Rule in the other. Flanking him on each side are the words: Crux S. Patris Benedicti (The Cross of the Holy Father Benedict).

Below his feet are these words: Ex S M Casino MDCCCLXXX (From the Holy Mount of Cassino, 1880). On that date , Monte Cassino was given the exclusive right to produce this medal.

Inscribed in the circle surrounding Benedict are the words: Ejus in obitu nostro presentia muniamur (May his presence protect us in the hour of death).

The other side of the medal is where the real exorcistic force reveals itself. In the center is the Cross. Benedict loved the Cross and used it to drive away demons.

The vertical beam of the Cross has five letters: C.S.S.M.L., meaning Crux Sacra Sit Mihi Lux (May the holy Cross be for me a light).

The horizontal beam of the Cross also has five letters: N.D.S.M.D., meaning Non Draco Sit Mihi Dux (Let not the dragon be my guide).

The four large letters at the angles of the Cross: C S P B stand for Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti (The Cross of the Holy Father Benedict).

Encircling the Cross in a circle around the right margin are these letters: V.R.S.N.S.M.V., meaning Vade retro Satana; nunquam suade mihi vana (Begone Satan! Suggest not to me thy vain things).

Around the left margin of the circle are these letters: S.M.Q.L.I.V.B., meaning Sunt mala quae libas; ipse venena bibas (The drink you offer is evil; drink that poison yourself).

At the top of the circle is the word PAX (Peace).


No special way of carrying or applying the Medal is prescribed. It may be worn around the neck, attached to the scapular or the Rosary or simply carried in one's pocket.

Often it is placed in the fields, the foundations of buildings or attached to automobiles to call down God's blessing and the protection of St. Benedict. No particular prayer is prescribed, as the devout wearing itself is a continual silent prayer."

What is not very well known is that St. Benedict had to wrestle regularly against the principalities and powers of this world.  The holy and heroic Saint was confronted by extraordinary manifestations of evil spirits who resisted the building of his monastery on the crest of Monte Cassino.  The reason for these unusual confrontations?  Monte Cassino had been a place where Satanism was practiced.  Evil spirits would appear in visible form to the saintly monk (as they would to St. Padre Pio in his day) and would instigate accidents and strange occurrences.  On more than one occasion, St. Benedict found it necessary to exorcize some of his monks.

It is not known for certain when the medal of Saint Benedict originated.  However in 1647, during a trial for witchcraft at Natternberg, near the abbey of Metten in Bavaria, the accused women testified that they had no power over the abbey.  A later investigation revealed that a number of painted crosses surrounded by the letters described above were all over the walls of this abbey.

So powerful is the Saint Benedict medal (worn with faith in Christ and His Church and not superstitiously), that the evil spirits cannot bear to be around it.  For example, Father Montague Summers relates how, "In the case of the possessed boys of Illfurt (Alsace) they exhibited the utmost horror and dread of a Medal of St. Benedict."  He says that two of the five sons of Joseph Burner and Anna Maria, his wife, "were seized with a mysterious illness which would not yield to the ordinary remedies....a number of..doctors were..consulted [and] declared themselves unable to diagnose such extraordinary symptoms...the two boys displayed most abnormal phenomena.  Whilst lying on their backs they spun suddenly round like whirling tops with the utmost rapidity.  Convulsions seized them, twisting and distorting every limb with unparalleled mobility, or again their bodies would for hours together become absolutely rigid and motionless so that no joint could be bent, whilst they lay motionless as stocks or stones...Their voices were, however, not their normal tones nor even those of children at all, but the strong, harsh, hoarse articulation of rough and savage men.  For hours together they would blaspheme in the foulest terms, cursing and swearing, and bawling out such hideous obscenities that the neighbors took flight in sheer terror at the horrible scenes...They seemed particularly enraged by the blessed medal of Saint Benedict and pictures of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour."

I have had the Saint Benedict Medal Crucifix for years.  And there have been many times when I was wearing it that I have experienced strange manifestations of evil.  For example once, when I was leaving Buckley's Religious Goods store in Leominster, Massachusetts (at their old location),  a man walked out of the woods and in front of my automobile and stopped.  He was screaming and uttering unintelligible words.  His eyes actually appeared to be red.  On another occasion, while refuting the errors of a group of individuals who were disparaging devotion to Our Lady (at a Catholic parish dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary!) in Gardner, Massachusetts - during a Bible study - the lights began to flicker on and off and the Bible study leader, who was wearing dark sunglasses at night in the Church basement, stared at me for some ten minutes with a look which I have never forgotten.  It was a look of pure hatred and malice.

We live in times which are growing ever darker as men abandon faith in God and His Church.  Arm yourselves: Frequent Holy Mass often, adore the Holy Eucharist, confess your sins regularly (I recommend at least once a month), and make use of the Church's sacramentals.  Among these the most highly indulgenced medal: the Saint Benedict Medal.


A'Esquecida said...

This is a good place to but a St. Benedict Medal.

Anonymous said...

Monday morning June 4th, one of my patients gave me a blessed medal of Saint benedict, the medal was blessed in Medjugorje by our Lady, she also gave me a white handkerchief with the image of our Lady of Medjugorje and of the statue of the Risen Christ, it touched the spot where the liquid is coming out of Jesus' knee/leg. Her husband quickly went to get this at home so I could get it before I left. They were so happy, we had such a wonderful, spiritual conversation and really the presence of our Lord and His Mother was palpable. The name of their baby boy was Joseph (Yosip) and I gave them the poem that I wrote for Saint Joseph.
Now believe me or not but that same day in the afternoon I got a tel. call from our direct manager that I was suspended, NO REASON given. I just got an email 1 week before that, from the vice-president of my hospital organization, stating that : "they are so happy to have me, that I am such a wonderful nurse who touched so many lives". And then this. My Manager is M as in Mitt as is the manager above her as are several sups. She told me that I had to go see the occupational doc which I did otherwise I was getting fired she said. That doctor started saying that my manager sent her a few of my poems with the annotation : so now you'll know what kind of a person she is.
I still don't know the reason and I still didn't get back to work. Several of my co-workers called me : saying that this manager is so incompetent and should get fired. I agree.
Please pray for me, especially this weekend and coming week. I have to take an important class that we nurses have to take q 2 years.
2 Years ago I got a message from our Lady on the Feast day of Lourdes that the harassments and the attacks of the devil would increase, but that I had to fight against it and, THEY would be at my site and in the end WE would be victorious. Pray for me and my family. In God we trust !!!!!!
I'll shorten my name to RiKi.

Anonymous said...

This is a comment I posted on Deacon John's website or blog, in answer to an article about Palm Sunday April this year.


Anonymous9:39 PM
A few years ago our nursing manager called me at home saying : " you know nurses like you should get an AWARD, please think about it and let me know what you decided," (she started with the yearly official AWARD ceremony at the hospital where I work). I asked my son for advice and he said : well IMA (hebrew for mother), think of Jesus. On Palm Sunday He was hailed as the Son of David, as the Messiah, and THAT SAME WEEK THEY PUT HIM TO THE CROSS. What is humanly praise worth on this earth ??? I said thank you son, the reward for my work will be given to me by the LORD, the One and Only reason why I treat people like I do, NOT to attract praise here on earth, but for the One Who sees everything in secret. So I called the manager back to let her know that I didn't want the Award, she was baffled by this decision. Have a most blessed and fruitful Holy Week. Rita Biesemans


Deacon John Giglio Jr10:12 PM
Thanks Rita. I agree with you. I don't want any reward here and now, I just want to glorify Almighty God through my life on earth!
Have a blessed Holy Week+


Paul Anthony Melanson said...

Thank you A'Esquecida for that wonderful link. Rita, thank you for those insightful comments. Indeed, we should store up our treasures in heaven, where moth and rust cannot destroy.

Anonymous said...

Paul I passed my tests with flying colors. Today June 24th is the 30-th Anniversary of the 1st Apparition of Our Lady in Medjugorje. I said to the Lord and His Mother : if the things that are going on at work are really attacks from the devil, then I will pass today without problems, for this is what I understand by having received that handkerchief from Medjugorje together with the medal of St Benedic. I am wearing the medal daily now instead of having it occasionally in my pocket or purse.Keep praying for me and my family please that satan's power will be broken. May St John the Bapstist be at our side today and ongoing. RiKi

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

I will certainly pray for you and your family. Please keep me in your prayers as well as this apostolate.

God love you,

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