Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Present From the Bear

Here is a 1920 x 1080 desktop for you. It is the medal of St. Benedict. Hopefully, you can click on it and save it full-size. It is a color inked design of the famous Jubilee Medal of St. Benedict with the prayer from the medal in Latin below.

The C, S, P, B stand for Holy Cross of Father Benedict

Around the edge, the letters stand for:

Get thee behind me Satan
Never suggest vain thoughts to me
The cup you offer is evil
Drink the poison your self

The cross is, in the vertical:

Crux Sacra Sit Mihi Lux 

And in the horizontal:

Non Draco Sit Mihi Dux

Which means, respectively: The sacred cross is my light: Let the serpent not be my leader.

The origin of the design are clouded in mystery, but it became known when the Benedictine abbey at Monte Cassino  struck it to celebrate St. Benedict in 1880. It is therefore known as the Jubilee Medal of St. Benedict.

It is considered to be a very powerful sacramental. St. Benedict was blessed with a peaceful death, and his intercession is requested for that purpose. There are also a number of traditional benefits.

  1. It wards off from both the soul and the body all dangers arising from the devil.
  2. The Medal is powerful in obtaining for sinners the grace of conversion.
  3. It obtains protection and aid for persons tormented by the evil spirit, and in temptations against holy purity.
  4. It procures assistance in the hour of death.
  5. It has often proved an efficacious remedy for bodily sufferings, and a means of protection against contagious diseases.
  6. Expectant mothers have obtained special assistance for a safe delivery.
  7. In time of storms, tempests and other dangers on land and sea it has been found to be a protection.
  8. Even domestic animals have been visibly aided by it when infected with disease.

It is customary to warn people about the superstitious misuse of sacramentals, to which the Bear says whatever. It is what it is, and it helps the Bear, and it might help you. Obviously all good flows from God, but it has pleased His Majesty to employ humble means such as people, medals and bears to cooperate in doing his will.

Many miraculous stories are told of St. Benedict. St. Benedict's holiness aroused the ire of folks that tried to poison him. A small group of monks asked the saintly hermit to be their Abbot, and St. Benedict, though dubious, agreed. Before long the monks realized they had made a terrible mistake, because St. Benedict actually wanted them to be monkly. So, they poisoned his wine. (Monks were granted a half-bottle of wine a day in Benedict's famous rule.) When he blessed the chalice, it shattered and the plot was revealed.

St. Benedict's Raven
But the Bear's favorite involves the animal companion of St. Benedict: a raven. Some people attempted to poison him with bread, but, once again, the plot was exposed. St. Benedict bade his feathered friend to carry the loaf far away where it could do no harm.

No particular method of use for the medal is prescribed. The Bear has his attached to his rosary, the one he once touched to a reliquary containing first-class relics of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica. Since he always carries his rosary, the Bear is never without the benefits of the medal. Otherwise, one might wear it. (We have a decal of the image in the back window of our Kia Soul!) So a windows desktop seems legit.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you! That's a beautiful image, and I'm also grateful for the full explanation of the letters, which I have never been able to remember.


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