It is a St. Benedict crucifix, which contains St. Benedict's Medal at its intersection. St. Benedict's Medal is a well-known sacramental used to invoke God's protection from evil, especially the Evil One. The pin came with a little card, explaining the letters on the medal--abbreviations of Latin prayers of deprecatory exorcism.
I'd put that card in the drawer of my dresser valet, where I keep my Miraculous Medal blessed by John Paul II, my decade rosary blessed by Benedict XVI, some other small religious items and scraps of paper.
Earlier this afternoon I came into the bedroom to find this startling sight:
The drawer was cracked open and the St. Benedict card was sticking out.
I had not touched the valet since emptying my pockets last night. I had been nowhere near my dresser today. I had not even opened that drawer since putting the card inside a few days ago. And I've been alone here all day.
I snapped a quick picture, and sprinkled holy water after praying the prayer on the card:
The Holy Cross is my lightIt is Tuesday of Holy Week, where in today's Gospel Jesus gives the morsel to his betrayer and "after Judas took the morsel, Satan entered him." The devil is very real and so is spiritual warfare And it can be unnerving to encounter it.
The devil won't be my guide
Be gone devil
You won't persuade me to do evil
What you show me is evil
Drink your own poison yourself
Today is also the sixth anniversary of the election of Joseph Ratzinger as pope, who took the name Benedict.
St. Benedict, pray for me. St. Michael the Archangel, protect me in battle.