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How fitting it is that Abbot Dom Gueranger, the modern paragon of filial devotion to the father of western monasticism, should be the one to promote this humble tribute to the Saint Benedict Medal. One of the nineteenth century's most feared opponents of the Luciferian revolt against Catholic altars and thrones, the holy Abbot found time to pen this humble accolade to a seemingly insignificant effigy stamped on an almond size cut of metal. Surely this gifted man had more important things to do? When we assume that incessant pious labors, meritorious as they are, are of more spiritual might than the promotion of modest insignia of inanimate sacramentals we are not being childlike. God can use the meanest things to confound the proud. What may appear to the sophisticated as a superstitious talisman, if venerated with Faith and confidence (con fides), has proved many times to be powerfully efficacious. Gueranger wrote this diminutive compendium on the medal of Saint Benedict with high hopes of vesting every soldier of Christ with a visible shield that would reflect the invisible armor of God and the breastplate of justice.