St. Benedict is one of the most popular and beloved saints of all time—and the St. Benedict medal is well known as a sacramental for spiritual protection. But do you know why St. Benedict is often called upon for protection?
As a younger man, Benedict was completely disappointed by the immorality and materialism he saw in Rome, where he had gone to study. So he left to become a hermit. While living in the mountains he developed a reputation for his holiness. Eventually, a community of monks asked him to join them as their abbott. He agreed, and all went well at first. Some of the monks grew jealous of the Saint’s holiness and became bitter toward his strict rules.
They decided to get rid of him by poisoning his wine. But St. Benedict prayed a blessing over his poisoned cup—and it instantly shattered.
On another occasion, a jealous priest tried to kill him with poisoned bread. St. Benedict again prayed over his meal and a raven swooped down and took the bread from him before he could eat it. Because of these two legends, St. Benedict is often pictured in sacred art with a chipped chalice or a raven with a piece of bread in its mouth.
St. Benedict is renowned to this day for performing miracles and resisting temptation. He is a powerful patron saint who can help guard you and your home from evil. Get your own St. Benedict medal, home blessing, and more here!