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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.