Abbot Dom Gueranger authored a book, The Medal or Cross of Saint Benedict, in which he affirms that the Medal is the most ancient of the Church’s sacramentals, having been approved in the eleventh century by Pope Saint Leo IX. We have this book in our bookstore here.
National Catholic Register, Angelo Stagnaro: Most people, Catholics included, don’t realize how indebted the Church, Europe and the world are to St. Benedict of Nursia. The very presence of his monks in their monasteries became a stabilizing, civilizing factor no matter where they planted themselves. It was from these centers of great learning and prayer that monks and nuns went about their zealous work of evangelizing. It should be pointed out that many of Europe’s greatest cities started out as little more than ramshackle Benedictine monasteries. “Munich” is the German word for “monk.” “Monaco” on the French Riviera, is the Italian word for “monk.” Full article is here.