Santa Monica San Benito
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Nothing trumps the BVM as far as devotions to saints go, she's more powerful than all the saints combined. But I think the saints are like specialists. Like if you have problems with your eyes, you go the the optometrist. Trouble with your feet? The podiatrists is the guy to go and see...As new issues crop up, different saints are there for different times or stages in our lives, as well as for different problems.  

So I'm lately I'm developing a devotion to St. Monica. She understands my problems. She had a wayward kid, she liked the wine a little too much. She preserved in prayer and God rewarded her. 

I have this cheap little medal I wear around my neck and every so often I kiss it and ask St. Monica for help. I think it's helping. But I'd like to get a nicer one eventually. I found this one here, and I like the look of it compared to others I've seen. But the description is sort of laking. Does anyone know the history of this medal? All it has to say regarding the medal is that it's "The ancient symbol of peace and protection..." What's that all about? I don't want anything superstitious or some new age thing hanging around my neck, you know? 

Any thoughts? Thanks ahead.
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I may be wrong, but isn't that a Saint Benedict medal, in truth (and isn't Benito the Italian form of his name)?
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(01-10-2019, 12:43 PM)dahveed Wrote: I may be wrong, but isn't that a Saint Benedict medal, in truth (and isn't Benito the Italian form of his name)?

Yeah, I think it seems to be sort of a two for medal for both saints. My scapular already has a crucifix and a Miraculous medal, but I wouldn't really mind St. Benedict coming along with me, either. I understand that's a powerful medal.
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I'm not sure where St Monica comes in (I have a devotion to her as well, trying to pray my kids back into the Church), because the St Benedict's Medal has two sides and no place to put another Saint. However, as to 'peace and protection', I wouldn't worry. It has the word 'Pax' prominently displayed, and has been considered a powerful protection against evil (especially poison) by Catholics for centuries. I think the vendor just hopes to get the new age 'crystal crowd' to buy it, which might not be a bad thing. St Benedict can be pretty powerful too. I carry his medal on both my Rosaries, and there's one on my 'emergency' small scapular. I need to get another to put on my large Teriary's Scapular.
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(01-10-2019, 12:43 PM)dahveed Wrote: I may be wrong, but isn't that a Saint Benedict medal, in truth (and isn't Benito the Italian form of his name)?

'Benito' is actually the Spanish form. The reason people think it's Italian is because Mussolini's revolutionary socialist father named him for the Mexican revolutionary Benito Juarez. The Italian is Benedetto.
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