This question could go several places I suppose, but my main concern is whether something is morally wrong and so I will place it here.
Some time ago I bought a St. Benedict medal intending to have it blessed. Well, to make a long story short my priest was reassigned and not replaced, and I have not have the opportunity or at least the nerve to find someone willing and able to give the proper blessing.
Now, I have been considering ordering a new medal from the Benedictines of Christ the King Priory in Nebraska. They state on their website that they bless their medals “according to the prescribed prayers and ritual”, which I assume means either the traditional or the 1980 blessing specifically for this medal (I don’t particularly care which). I assume this is done as a free service subsequent to purchase, simply for the spiritual benefit of the person buying the medal.
The thing is, I would never buy the medal if it were not for the blessing. I already have a St. Benedict medal, which cost me considerably more than this one. I do like some aspects if this medal better than the one I already have, such as the fact that the cross St. Benedict holds is easily identifiable as a cross (on mine it looks more like a rod or aspergillum). But there are other characteristics I like less. I would prefer a solid silver medal like the one I already have (solid just feels more “real” to me), but they do not offer one so I would have to settle for silver-coated bronze. Also I would feel more comfortable if they asked more money so I could feel I was also supporting the monastery or missions with the purchase, but they sell these on the cheep, apparently just covering cost, as a service.
I am afraid that, much as I want a blessed St. Benedict medal, getting one this way would be functionally equivalent to buying a blessing. Is there a better way to think about this, or should I just not buy the thing?