St. Anselm (Bishop and Doctor)

The English bishop and theologian St. Anselm( 1033 -1 109) was one of the Church’s greatest archaic philosophers. Anselm was born of a noble household. At the age of fifteen he desired to enter a monastery, but his father forbade this. Anselm thereupon abandoned doctrine for a number of years and borrowed a carefree life. He last-minute relented of this, however, and in 1059 he entered the monastery of Bec in the French region of Normandy.

After three years, Anselm was elected prior( an important arrangement within the community ), and fifteen years after that, the monks unanimously opt him as abbot. Anselm devoted himself to scholarship and devotion during his thirty-four years in the convent. He was one of “the worlds leading” chassis in Scholastic theology, which were trying to uncover religious truths through rational polemics and overtures( undoubtedly, he became known as the Father of Scholasticism ).

At the request of his parish, he published his theological productions, the best-known of which is Why God Became Man. Anselm is also known for a clarity or “proof” of God (” God is that of which nothing greater is likely to be imagined “). Anselm’s life enrolled a brand-new stage in 1093 when he was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury; from then on he was constantly defend the Church’s rights against the English monarchs William II and Henry I. Though Anselm was personally a kind and gentle person( and too, by that time, in frail health ), he uncompromisingly preserved the Church’s position. His courage impressed countless, but William had him exiled.

Anselm went to Rome for three years, returning to England upon William’s death. King Henry I, however, was also unfriendly to the Church, and Anselm intent up spending a further three years in exile. St. Anselm eventually returned to England, and died at Canterbury in 1109; he was canonized in 1720 and proclaimed a Doctor( an prominent and reliable schoolteacher) of the Church.


1. Parents have a duty of encouraging their children’s vocations; if they forbid a particular response to God, the children may vacate the faith exclusively — and the mothers will share the responsibility for this. Fortunately for Anselm’s father, his son last-minute hear and rebutted God’s call.

2. Reason and reasoning, while not a substitute for faith, can help people become aware of God’s existence.

3. There are many ways of function God; sometimes the same person may be called to two very different vocations — in which the earlier aids train him or her for the later. St. Anselm’s years of prayer and study helped” gird him for duel” in his defence of the Church’s rights against the English kings.

From Johnnette Benkovic’s Graceful Living: Musings to Help You Grow Closer to God Day by Day

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God, let me know you and love you so that I may find my elation in you; and if I cannot do so amply in this life, let me at least realize some progress every day, until at last that knowledge, cherish and joyfulnes come to me in all their plentitude.

— A petition of St. Anselm

Today I will seem “at least[ to] form some progress” to find all my delight in God, Who “ve been given” life. St. Anselm, pray for me.

Other Saints We Remember Today

St. Conrad( 1894 ), Religious

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