St . Benedict was a religious reformer who lived in Italy in the late 400s and early 500s. He is known as the “father of Western monasticism,” having established a Rule that would become the norm for innumerable Christian monks and nuns. He is the patron saint of Europe.
” Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls.
The priest sprinkles the medal with holy water, and presents it to the person, saying: Take this holy medal ; wear it with faith, and handle it with due devotion, so that the holy and immaculate Queen of heaven may protect and defend you.
In addition to being the patron saint of travelers, Saint Christopher is believed to protect people from epilepsy, lightning, storms, pestilence, and floods.
St Benedict carefully outlines the qualities the leaders should possess: wisdom, prudence, discretion, and sensitivity to individual differences. The exercise of authority in the Rule points more to mercy than justice, more to understanding of human weakness than strict accountability, more to love than zeal.
Benedict of Nursia
|Saint Benedict of Nursia O.S.B.|
|Born||c. AD 2 March 480 Norcia, Umbria, Odoacer’s Kingdom|
|Died||c. AD 21 March 547 (aged 66–67) Monte Cassino, Eastern Roman Empire|
|Venerated in||All Christian denominations which venerate saints|
|Canonized||1220, Rome, Papal States by Pope Honorius III|
Anthony of Padua
|Saint Anthony of Padua|
|Anthony of Padua by Francisco de Zurbarán, 1627–1630|
|Evangelical Doctor Hammer of Heretics Professor of Miracles Doctor of the Church|
|Born||15 August 1195 Lisbon, Portugal|
|Died||13 June 1231 (aged 35) Padua, Italy|
Saint Cajetan , saint of good fortune and employment, encourage all those looking for work to grow in understanding of God’s unfailing care for them.
|Saint Gemma Galgani|
|Died||11 April 1903 (aged 25) Lucca, Italy|
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church|
|Beatified||14 May 1933 by Pope Pius XI|
|Canonized||2 May 1940, Saint Peter’s Basilica , Vatican City by Pope Pius XII|
Blessing of the medal The following English form may be used: V: Our help is in the name of the Lord. R: Who made heaven and earth. V: In the name of God the Father + almighty, who made heaven and earth, the seas and all that is in them, I exorcise these medals against the power and attacks of the evil one.
Priests are ordained “that whatsoever they bless may be blessed , and whatsoever they consecrate shall be consecrated”. An inferior cannot bless a superior or exercise ordinary powers in his presence.
Christopher , patron saint of drivers.
In Catholicism, St . Joseph , a carpenter, is honored as the husband of Mary and foster father of Jesus. Representing a humble family man, he is the patron saint of home, family and house-hunting…
Saint Joseph is the patron saint of a number of cities, regions and countries, among them the Americas, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, Indonesia, Mexico, Korea, Peru, the Philippines, and Vietnam, as well as of families, fathers, expectant mothers (pregnant women), explorers, pilgrims, travelers, immigrants,