After connecting with the Catholic Milestones family on a Spiritual level, the connection was automatic and I decided on the spot they were the only ones I would entrust to bring life to my Saint-Benedict rosary bracelet.
The Saint-Benedict rosary bracelet with cross-medal was my custom request. There is a significant difference between a rosary bracelet and the Saint-Benedict rosary bracelet. The latter has 5 extra stones. one for each decade, and a pink stone on the drop in honor of the Mother of us all, Mary. Words cannot express how much this piece means to me. I am eternally grateful for all the time and effort this family has put forth in creating this unique gift. It has been a symbol of strength in my life and a reminder to walk in my Lord's light. When you first look at the front of the S. Benedict cross-medal, you see an image of Saint-Benedict holding a Cross in his right hand and his Rule in the left. These signify a sense of power for those who walk in God’s ways, with the Gospel as your guide. Behind Saint-Benedict is a pedestal where he was given poison by the hostiles. Legend has it, that when he made the sign of the cross over the cup it shattered and that the mighty raven took away the poisoned loaf of bread. Surrounding the entire image of the medal are the Latin words: "Eius in obitu nostro praesentia muniamur": which translates to "May we at our death be fortified by his presence." On the posterior side of the cross-medal contains the initials C S S M L - N D S M D in the arms of the Cross.
Crux sacra sit mihi lux!
Nunquam draco sit mihi dux!
The Holy Cross be my light;
Let not the dragon be my guide.
In the four corners of the Cross are the initials: C S P D, which stand for the same words found on the front over the pedestals: Crux S. Patris Benedicti (The Cross of our Holy Father Benedict). Above the Cross is the word “Pax” (Peace); this is the Benedictine motto. Surrounding the entire back of the medal are the initials to the words of the exorcism:
V R S N S M V – S M Q L I V B, which stand for the Latin rhyme:
Vade retro Satana!
Nunquam suade mihi vana!
Sunt mala quae libas.
Ipse venena bibas!
Do not suggest to me thy vanities!
Evil are the things thou profferest,
Drink thou thy own poison
This cross-medal imparts protection as an armor against temptations, delusions, and helps secure a timely and healthy birth of children. I decided a long time ago to give my life to God, follow my faith and let Him be my provider. I then started to volunteer, first as a firefighter, then as a Scout Guide, a Knight of Columbus, and as a member of the Parish's Pastoral Committee. Late 2015, I decided to dedicate my life even more to my Lord and potentially serve him as a Deacon. I am proud to become a pillar for my community and an example to others so they can also follow in His footsteps.
May God continue to bless you and your family.