Benedict had a deep love for the cross as the encompassing
symbol of faith in God Jesus and the Spirit and his devotion
to Christianity and his Zealous call to bring the light
and spirit of God to everyone in his path.
For St Benedict the Cross of Jesus is the symbol of Jesus
way that he lived when he walked with us in the flesh on
earth, death to the self-ego and rebirth/resurrection in
the spirit of God.
Saint Benedict was a believer in humble obedience to God's
holy will. With the cross at his side St Benedict dedicated
his life to bring the light of Jesus to nations and bring
them out of the darkness of paganism.
There are numerous accounts of miracles Saint Benedict
worked with the sign of the cross. The Cross saved benedicts
life when a group of monks tried to poison him. Saint Benedict
made the sign of the cross over the cup, the cup shattered,
made the poison useless as it spilled on the floor.
Saint Benedict used the Cross to dispel evil and exorcise
demons. The cross of St Benedict is still the most used
instrument used by exorcists to set the victims of demons
The saint Benedict cross is a constant reminder for Christians
to reject evil temptations, strive to perform good works,
exorcise true charity and justice toward all. It is a reminder
of Jesus calling to take up our Cross and follow him on
the path of love, compassion and unity. To follow the "true
King, Christ our Lord" and not the lord of culture
and convention. To be on the side of justice and bring forth
the Kingdom of God.
Saint Benedict Cross symbolizes this by the inscriptions
on the medal.
Crux S. Patris Benedict
(The Cross of our Holy father Benedict.)
in Obitu Nostro Praesentra Muriamur
(May we be strengthened by his presence in the hour of death!)
St Benedict died a happy death at Montecassino while standing
with his arms raised up to heaven, supported by the brothers
of the monastery, shortly after he received Communion. Saint
Benedict is the patron of Happy Death.
Crux Sacra Sit Mihi Lux! Nun Quam Draco Sit Mihi Dux! (May
the Holy Cross be my light! May the dragon never be my guide!)
Light is a symbol of wisdom and the Cross is a symbol of
Wisdom of God shining the way on the path of Jesus and God.
The dragon is a symbol of ego culture and convention. This
means never to let the lord of conventional views rule our
beliefs and dim the wisdom of God.
Peace is wholeness and unity. This means that like Jesus,
we should strive to always have love and compassion for
others and always to be on the side of justice for all.