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

Feast day is April 21

"Anselm was practically dragged out of his bed to become the archbishop of Canterbury." Photo: James William Edmund Doyle, author; Edmund Evans, engraver/Public Domain

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.

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