St. Benedict is best known for his Rule for monks (and nuns as well) living in monastic communities devoted to lives of prayer, solitude and contemplation. Born in the year 848. St. Benedict was able to defeat the devil numerous times throughout his life, earning him the title of protector against evil spirits, temptation, and witchcraft. St. Benedict also offers protection against being poisoned, infectious diseases, childbirth complications, and destruction during storms and tempests. He also obtains for sinners the grace of conversion.
The Rule of St. Benedict has been used by monasteries all throughout the West for centuries. It champions listening to God’s word and doing His work through a life of prayer, temperance, charity, obedience, patience and humility. The Rule was considered rigorous, yet not unbendingly so, when Benedict first introduced it in his writings.
The Benedictines bears his name and follows his Rule today.
Crux Sacra Sit Mihi Lux
Non Draco Sit Mihi Dux
May the Holy Cross be for me a light
Let not the dragon be my guide
A Novena to St. Benedict
Glorious St. Benedict, sublime model of virtue, pure vessel of God's grace! Behold me humbly kneeling at your feet. I implore you in your loving kindness to pray for me before the throne Of God. To you I have recourse in the dangers that daily surround me. Shield me against my selfishness and my indifference to God and to my neighbor. Inspire me to imitate you in all things. May your blessing be with me always, so that I may see and serve Christ in others and work for His kingdom.
Graciously obtain for me from God those favors and graces which I need so much in the trials, miseries and afflictions of life. Your heart was always full of love, compassion and mercy toward those who were afflicted or troubled in any way. You never dismissed without consolation and assistance anyone who had recourse to you. I therefore invoke your powerful intercession, confident in the hope that you will hear my prayer and obtain for me the special grace and favor I earnestly implore (name it).
Help me, great St. Benedict. to live and die as a faithful child of God, to run in the sweetness of His loving will and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven.
Prayer to Saint Benedict for protection against danger
Oh, glorious Saint Benedict, sublime model of all virtues, pure deposit of the grace of God! Here I am, humbly prostrate before you. I implore your heart full of love, that you may intercede for me before the throne of God.
I turn to you in all the dangers that surround me. Protect me from my enemies, from evil enemy in all its forms, and inspire me to imitate you in all things.
May your blessing be with me always, so that I may escape everything that is not pleasing to God and thus avoid the opportunities of sin.
I beseech you tenderly to obtain from God the favors and graces that I so much need in the trials, miseries and afflictions of life.
Your heart has always been so full of love, compassion and mercy to the afflicted or to those with problems of any kind.
You have never dismissed yourself without consolation or help to anyone who has come to you. Therefore, I invoke your powerful intercession, in the hope that you will hear my prayers and grant me special grace in favor of what I so earnestly ask you to do, if it is for the glory of God and for the good of my soul.
Help me, O great Saint Benedict, to live and die as a faithful son of God. May I always be submissive to His holy will in order to attain the eternal happiness of heaven.
Prayer by Saint Benedict for Seekers of Faith
Gracious and Holy Father,
give us the wisdom to discover You,
the intelligence to understand You,
the diligence to seek after You,
the patience to wait for You,
eyes to behold You,
a heart to meditate upon You,
and a life to proclaim You,
through the power of the Spirit of Jesus, our Lord.
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