A Little "Pizza Italy" With St. Benedict

Since St. Benedict was born in Italy, we thought we'd bring a little "pizza Italy" into our home today.  This take-and-bake pizza makes an easy lunch or dinner on the Feast of St. Benedict.  Warning:  Your family must like olives on their pizza!  We designed our pizza, based on the Holy Cross pictured on the back of the St. Benedict medal.  Since St. Benedict had a profound veneration for the Holy Cross and for our Savior Crucified, the St. Benedict medal was made.  The Medal of St. Benedict is one of the Sacramentals of the Church.
Take-and-bake cheese pizza
1 can medium olives
20 pepperoni slices
Prior to baking, slice olives in half (length-wise) and arrange in shape of the Benedictine cross.  Place pepperonis in the 4 corners (5 in each corner) to mimic the circles on the back of the St. Benedict medal.  These 4 large circles hold the letters C S P B standing for the Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti (The Cross of the Holy Father Benedict). Bake and enjoy! 

+Happy Feast of St. Benedict+
Crux Sacra Sit Mihi Lux 
~(May the Holy Cross be for me a light)~

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  1. you could really use any ingredient in place of the black olives (chopped green pepper, sausage, mushrooms, cheddar cheese...ok, maybe onions wouldn't work very well!) and I have to say, being a cheese pizza girl myself, at first glance I wondered why anyone would put black jelly beans on a pizza!LOL!!
    Thanks for the inspiration to rearrange my frozen pizzas! ;>)

  2. Such a fun idea! My kids would love this!!

  3. A great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  4. St. Benedict was vegetarian though. Ideally one could substitute the pepperoni. Holy Rule 39: "But let all except the very weak and the sick abstain altogether from eating the flesh of four-footed animals." Regardless, a neat idea.