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Saint Benedict

Updated on June 15, 2009

About Saint Benedict

Saint Benedict was born in Italy in the fifth century.  While a student, Benedict observed the corruption and moral decay happening all around him.  For three years, Saint Benedict remained in solitude, living in a cave while fasting and praying. 

Benedict endured many long periods of silence, up of his own choosing.  Much of his time was spent deep in reflection and thoughtful prayer.  Many people came looking for him, to try and learn from Benedict about a simpler, more value-guided life.  Most of what we know about St. Benedict has been learned through a book titled "Dialogues."  This book was written by Pope Gregory the 1st.

Eventually, Benedict established a monastery.  This is a place where men who want to live a life "seeking out God" could stay.  Benedict became the father, or "Abbot" of the monastery.  By way of Pope Gregory's book, we learned of many miracles that had taken place in and around the monastery and the life of the Benedictine monks.

It is interesting to note that Benedict had a twin sister who also became a saint.  Benedict's sister, St. Scholastica started a convent not far from Benedict's monastery.  St. Scholastica is known as the first Benedictine nun.

The St. Benedict medal is one of the more famous patron saint medals.  The cross inside has two inscriptions, which stand for "May the holy cross be my light" and "let not the Dragon be my overlord."  The four corners of the cross also carry the letters CSPB, which stand for The Cross of the Holy Father Benedict.  The outer margin has two inscriptions as well, which are translated as "begone Satan, do not suggest to me thy vanities" and "evil are the things thou prefer, drink thy own poison"

In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI stated that "St. Benedict exercised a fundamental influence on the development of Europe... helping Europe to emerge from the dark night of history" after the fall of the Roman Empire.


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    • lindatymensky profile image

      lindatymensky 6 years ago

      Thanks for the hubs on Saints. I like writing about Catholic Christian topics, too. Linda

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      dragonbear 8 years ago from Essex UK

      Hi, as I published my hub on St Benedict, this one was listed at the side, a great link and a good background to the great man. Thanks for an interesting informative set of hubs on the saints; I have a soft spot for St Benedict!

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      thecatholicexpert 8 years ago

      That is pretty funny, thanks for adding that easyspeak. And certainly Benedict was a good man, yes.

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      easyspeak 8 years ago from Vancouver

      I remember reading about how strict St. Benedict's order was, but then I found reading the Rule of St. Benedict that he would allow one pint of wine a day for the monks because in his day and age, he could restrict that. Thought that was hilarious. Benedict was a good man.

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      Gicky Soriano 8 years ago from California

      An inspiring life - thanks for the hub.