Origin of the name BENEDICT.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name BENEDICT.
BENEDICT. From Latin Benedictus
(q.v.), meaning "blessed." (History of Christian Names,
Yonge, 1884). Usage: America, England.
The devil ceased not to annoy
St. Benedict. It was not in visions or dreams that he showed
himself, but face to face, besetting the saint persistently in all he
did, and crying out, "Benedict! Benedict!" from time to
time. If the saint pretended not to hear, this enemy of the soul
would cry out, "Maledict not Benedict, cursed fool not saint, what
is your business in these quarters? What right have you to
interfere with me? What pleasure can it give you to annoy
me?" When all these railings were without effect, his satanic
majesty harassed the saint by obstructing the builders employed by St.
Benedict in constructing his monasteries. One day the builders
went to carry a stone prepared for a certain part, but when they
attempted to lift it, they found all their united efforts wholly
ineffectual. The stone could not be moved. No power of man
could lift it. They went and told St. Benedict, who instantly knew
that the devil was hanging on it; so he made on the stone the sign of
the cross, and the stone which before was too heavy for six or eight men
to stir, became so light that St. Benedict alone lifted it with ease,
and carried it to the place required. This very stone is still
shown at Mount Cassino, so there can be no doubt of the fact.—St.
Gregory the Great, Dialogues, bk. ii. (A Dictionary of
Miracles, Brewer, 1894)