Readings & Reflections: Friday in the Octave of Easter & St. Anselm of Canterbury, April 21,2017
A native of Aosta, Italy, Anselm desired to enter the Benedictines at the age of fifteen. His father’s strong opposition kept him from the monastery until he was twenty-seven. Only three years later he was made abbot. He led his brothers at Bec in Normandy until he went to Canterbury, England, where he was elected archbishop. An able statesman in a time of tense Church-state relations, Anselm was at heart a monk. During times of exile, he gave himself to prayer and study. His motto, “Faith seeking understanding,” demonstrates how he did philosophy: on his knees. He died in 1109 A.D. and was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1720 A.D.