Miracle Prayer to St. Benedict
Admirable Saint and Doctor of humility,
you practiced what you taught,
assiduously praying for God’s glory
and lovingly fulfilling all work for God
and the benefit of all human beings.
You know the many physical dangers
that surround us today,
often caused or occasioned by
Guard us against poisoning of the body
as well as of mind and soul,
and thus be truly a “Blessed one for us.”
About St. Benedict
St. Benedict was born of a noble Italian family about the year 480. As a young boy he was sent to Rome and placed in the public schools. He was turned off by the lack of discipline and laziness of the Roman youth, so he fled to the desert mountains of Subiaco and lived as a hermit for three years in a deep cave. Legend has it that he was brought food by a raven flying to his cave.
He lived there completely unknown except by the monk Romanus who clothed him in a monastic habit. Benedict’s example of prayer and sanctity soon attracted others to join him. The strictness of his rule also caused others to despise him, one even poisoning his drink. But when Benedict made the sign of the Cross on the bowl, it broke and fell into pieces on the ground.
After he built twelve monasteries in the mountains, he moved to Monte Cassino, where he founded an abbey and wrote his rule. He lived there until his death.
St. Benedict had the ability to read consciences, prophesy and stop attacks of the devil. He destroyed pagan temples and statues and drove demons out from pagan sacred sites. At one point there were over 40,000 monasteries guided by the Benedictine rule which was (basically): “Pray and work.”
Feast Day: July 11th
Name Meaning: “The blessed one”
Patron Saint of: Against witchcraft, temptations, poisoning, dying people, monks, kidney disease, fever, civil engineers, school children