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Who Was St. Benedict?

St. Benedict founded Western monasticism and created the rules for the cenobitic monks. He was born to a noble family as Benedict of Nursia and he lived in Italy from 480A.D. to 547A.D. He believed that Christ will bring all people together in eternal life. Pope Honorius III canonized Benedict a saint in 1220. Later, Pope Benedict XVI designed the crucifix medal of St. Benedict in his honor.

St. Benedict was the founder of twelve monasteries. The first of the monasteries was Monte Cassino in Italy and this is the most visited of the twelve. St. Benedict was the first monk to develop rules for the monks to follow. He was reasonable with the rules, balanced, and showed moderation. His monastic laws were adopted by most monasteries in the Middle Ages. His rules became known as the Rule of St. Benedict.
Cross of Saint Benedict

Saint Benedict. Detail from a fresco by Fra Angelico

The Benedictine monks have been complying with the Rule of St. Benedict for fifteen centuries. Benedict did not create the order of Benedictine monks. The order was founded later but carries on Benedict's rule. These monks live in close knit communities, praying and living for the service of others.

One of the passages from the Rules of St. Benedict states:

If any pilgrim shall come from distant parts with wish to dwell in the monastery, and will be content with the customs of the place, and does not by his lavishness disturb the monastery but is simply content, he shall be received for as long as he wishes.

The Plenary Indulgence of the Saint Benedict Cross

St. Benedict's Crucifix is the most widely worn crucifix and medal other than those of the Virgin Mary. The crucifix of St. Benedict offers an unconditional plenary indulgence to all Christians by following certain conditions.

The Christians seeking the plenary indulgence must:
St. Benedict Crucifix

  • † Wear the St. Benedict Cross, kiss the St. Benedict cross, or holds the St. Benedict crucifix in their hands with adoration
  • † Offer their souls to God
  • † Receive Confession and Communion if possible. If this is not possible, pray to Jesus Christ, asking for forgiveness of sins.
Christians wishing a partial indulgence must:
  • † Wear the crucifix medal of St. Benedict, kiss the St. Benedict crucifix, or hold the crucifix in their hands with adoration.

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