Saint Days: Anselm of Canterbury, Archbishop of Canterbury and Teacher of the Faith
Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109) was originally from France. He desired to enter a monastery at the young age of 15 but was turned away because he failed to receive consent from his father. He was finally admitted into an abbey in Normandy at the age of 27 where he was profoundly affected by the Rule of St. Benedict.
William II nominated Anselm to be Archbishop of Canterbury. He tried to reduce because of health reasons but a crozier was forced into his hands and was enthroned in 1093. During his tenure, he ended up being exiled three times, mainly because he didn't want the Church to bow to the whims of the state. He passed away on Holy Wednesday in 1109. He is remembered mainly for his strong stand for the Church and for his many beautiful writings.
"For I do not seek to understand, but I believe in order to understand. For I believe this: unless I believe, I will not understand."
Almighty God, you gave to your servant St. Anselm. special gifts of grace to understand and teach the truth as it is in Christ Jesus: Grant that by this teaching we may know you, the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.