Then he summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness.
The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John;
Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus; Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him. Jesus sent out these twelve after instructing them thus, “Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town.
Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
Saint Benedict,born 482AD, began his career as a student of rhetoric in Rome. Many of his colleagues were well to do students who lived a carefree and somewhat decadent lifestyle. Benedict became concerned about the lifestyle of his contemporaries in that city.He witnessed what their vices were doing to their lives.Rome itself had fallen into a paganistic culture with low moral standards. He left Rome and his studies to live in solitude, first in a small village with his nurse, then to the mountains of Subiaco. He lived as a hermit with guidance from a monk named Romanus. after years of study as a hermit, other monks began to seek his counsel. Eventually he formed a series of monasteries in the surrounding area, with his most famous monastery at Monte Cassino. Benedict is known as the father of western monasticism, a patron saint of Europe, and his rule is followed by many. That Rule is a life of liturgical prayer, study, manual labor and living together in community under one abbot.
In the Gospel Reading Christ gathered together the twelve to travel preach and heal in his name. They were told to preach that the kingdom of god at hand and gather the lost sheep of Israel. This is what St. Benedict did. He gathered together those who feared being lost in a decadent society, preached, and lived a “Kingdom of God at hand.”While Jesus had his apostles go out to the world, Benedict drew his people in from the world to guide them in living that gospel message.
St. Benedicts Medal
On the face of the St. Benedict medal is the image of Saint Benedict holding the cross and his rule.
On the back of the medal, is a large cross. Engraved on the arms of the cross are the initial letters of a Latin prayer: Crux sacra sit mihi lux! Nunquam draco sit mihi dux! (May the holy cross be my light! May the dragon never be my guide!).
Around the margin of the back of the medal are the initials V R S N S M V – S M Q L I V B : Vade retro Satana! Nunquam suade mihi vana! Sunt mala quae libas. Ipse venena bibas! translated Begone Satan! Never tempt me with your vanities! What you offer me is evil. Drink the poison yourself!