Be inspired by St. Anselm, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Feast day is April 21

St. Anselm (circa 1033–1109) was a Benedictine monk, archbishop, abbot, philosopher, and theologian. Pope Clement XI named St. Anselm a doctor of the church in 1720. Be inspired by these short reflections from this great saint. St. Anselm, pray for us!

I do not try, Lord, to attain your lofty heights, because my understanding is in no way equal to it. But I do desire to understand your truth a little, that truth that my heart believes and loves. I do not seek to understand that I may believe; but I believe so that I may understand. For I believe this also, that unless I believe, I shall not understand.

It is impossible to save one’s soul without devotion to Mary and without her protection.

God is that, the greater than which cannot be conceived.

A single Mass offered for oneself during life may be worth more than a thousand celebrated for the same intention after death.

Remove grace, and you have nothing whereby to be saved. Remove free will and you have nothing that could be saved.

Geoffrey LaForceSpiritualitySt. Anselm
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