What’s in the arsenal: St. Benedict Medal

An effective weapon against evil, the St. Benedict Medal is a powerful Sacramental that belongs in every Roman Catholic arsenal.

The front of the medal depicts St. Benedict holding a Cross and a book, the Rule of St. Benedict. The Latin inscriptions read “Ejus in obitu nostro presentia muniamur” (May his presence protect us in our hour of death), “Crux S. Patris Benedicti” (The Cross of the Holy Father Benedict) and “Ex S M Casino MDCCCLXXX” (From the holy mount of Cassino, 1880)—the date that the medal was officially struck for distribution.

Back of the medal looks like this—

Latin word PAX meaning peace is on the top.

The large letters CSPB stand for CRUX SANCTI PATRIS BENEDICTI: The Cross of the Holy Father Benedict

On the vertical beam of the Cross C.S.S.M.L stands for CRUX SACRA SIT MIHI LUX: May the Holy Cross be a light unto me

The horizontal beam bears the letters N.D.S.M.D, NON DRACO SIT MIHI DUX: and may the Dragon never be my guide.

Around the Medal in a circle are the letters V.R.S.N.S.M.V: S.M.Q.L.I.V.B

VADE RETRO SATANA; NUNQUAM SUADE MIHI VANA: Get behind me, Satan; Never suggest vain thoughts to me.

SUNT MALA QUAE LIBAS: The cup you offer is evil

IPSE VENENA BIBAS: Drink the poison yourself!

I use that last part often. It refers to the time some monks tried to poison St. Benedict and it applies to spiritual battle against the devil.

This Medal, if worn with the proper disposition, is a highly efficacious.

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