Front of the medal
“[…] There is the image of St Benedict carrying in his right hand the Cross of Christ. It is known that St Benedict had a special devotion to the Cross and this has been passed on to succeeding generations of Benedictines. The Cross is the Christian symbol of salvation, which St Benedict used to evangelise others for Christ.
The holy Rule
In his left hand St Benedict holds the holy Rule, which he wrote for the life of his monks.
Other symbols and inscriptions
On the pedestal on the right of St Benedict we see a poisoned cup, shattered when St Benedict made the sign of the Cross over it. On the pedestal to the left we see a raven about to take away a loaf of poisoned bread. The bread had been sent to St Benedict by a jealous enemy and the raven saved Benedict from eating it. Above the cup and the raven are the Latin words meaning ‘the Cross of the Holy Father Benedict’. Under the image of St Benedict are the Latin words meaning ‘from holy Monte Cassino 1880’, reminding us that this medal was struck to commemorate the 1,400th anniversary of the birth of St Benedict. Round the margins of the medal, encircling the image of St Benedict, are the Latin words meaning, ‘May we be strengthened by his presence in the hour of our death.’
Reverse of the medal
There is a Cross, and written down the Cross are the first letters of the Latin words meaning, ‘The Holy Cross be my light.’ On the horizontal bar are the first letters of the Latin words meaning ‘Let not the dragon be my guide.’ In the angles of the cross are the first letters of the Latin words meaning ‘the Cross of the holy Father Benedict.’ Round the margin are the first letters of the Latin words meaning ‘Be gone Satan! Never tempt me with your vanities! What you offer me is evil! Drink the poison yourself.’ At the top and the bottom of the Cross are ‘peace’ and ‘IHS – Jesus’.
Use of the medal
The medal can be worn, or carried, and it calls down God’s blessing and protection upon us through the intercession of St Benedict.”
– From: Spiritual Thought from Fr Chris / June 2015