St. Anselm (Bishop and Doctor)

The English bishop and theologian St. Anselm( 1033 -1 109) was one of the Church’s greatest archaic intellectuals. Anselm was born of a princely house. At the age of fifteen he desired to enter a convent, but his father forbade this. Anselm thereupon abandoned religion for a number of years and chose a cheerful life-style. 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 prestige within the community ), and fifteen years after that, the monks unanimously prefer him as abbot. Anselm focussed himself to scholarship and devotion during his thirty-four years in the monastery. He was one of “the worlds leading” anatomies in Scholastic theology, which attempted to uncover religious truths through rational justifications and propositions( indeed, he became known as the Father of Scholasticism ).

At the request of his society, he published his theological cultivates, the best-known of which is Why God Became Man. Anselm is also known for a explanation or “proof” of God (” God is that of which good-for-nothing greater is likely to be designed “). Anselm’s life registered a new phase in 1093 when he was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury; from then on he was constantly fight the Church’s rights against the English monarchs William II and Henry I. Though Anselm was personally a kind and soothing being( and likewise, by that time, in frail state ), he uncompromisingly justified the Church’s position. His courage affected numerous, but William had him exiled.

Anselm went to Rome for three years, returning to England upon William’s death. King Henry I, nonetheless, was also unfriendly to the Church, and Anselm ended 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 affirmed a Doctor( an foremost and reliable coach) of the Church.


1. Mothers have a duty of encouraging their children’s jobs; if they forbid a particular response to God, the children may vacate the faith solely — and the parents will share the responsibility for this. Fortunately for Anselm’s father, his son later heard and rebutted God’s call.

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

3. There are many ways of dish God; sometimes the same person may be called to two very different jobs — in which the earlier improves plan him or her for the later. St. Anselm’s years of prayer and study facilitated” gird him for engagement” in his defence of the Church’s rights against the English kings.

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

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God, let me know you and loves you very that I may find my exuberance in you; and if I cannot do so fully in this life, let me at least constitute some progress every day, until at last that knowledge, affection and euphorium came to see you me in all their plentitude.

— A devotion of St. Anselm

Today I will seem “at least[ to] start some progress” to find all my exuberance in God, Who gave me life. St. Anselm, pray for me.

Other Saints We Remember Today

St. Conrad( 1894 ), Religious

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