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Saint Benedict, father of western monasticism, is rather more known for his life and Rule than for a medal cast in his honor. The history of the image and the exorcism engraved on the medal, as well as the power of that Cross which the holy patriarch bears in his right hand, can be traced back to the eleventh century. Before he became Pope Saint Leo IX, one Bruno of Toul was cured of a mortal sickness after Saint Benedict appeared to him in the very guise we see depicted today on this sacramental. The Sisters of Charity under Saint Vincent de Paul also wore the blessed medal on their rosary. Abbot Gueranger, spiritual son of Saint Benedict, wrote this book to promote this very powerful devotion.

Dom Gueranger
I loved reading this book as I have a particular devotion to St. Benedict and I wear his medal all the time. It was written in 1880 so it's definitely dated in its writing style but if you don't mind that this is a great book that gives an in-depth look at the history of the St. Benedict medal. It includes an appendix for the Jubilee medal of St. Benedict, which is what we see most often these days and was struck for the first time the same year that this book was written (the rest of the book was evidently written before this medal was circulated because it makes no mention of it until the appendix).
i have a brochure of the medal of st benedict, but had no idea the full. history of the cross or medal of st benedict. very good read. uplifting and powerful
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