Easter: April 21st
Optional Memorial of St. Anselm, bishop and doctor
Old Calendar: St. Anselm
St. Anselm was a philosopher and theologian and was one of the forerunners of the scholastic movement. His writings have earned him the title of Doctor of the Church. He was a courageous pastor, and defended the freedom of the Church against the ambitious tyranny of the kings of England. "Nothing in this world is dearer to Christ," he said, "than the freedom of His Church." St. Anselm died at Canterbury in 1109.
As prior and abbot, Anselm made the Benedictine monastery of Bec the center of a true reformation in Normandy and England. From this monastery he exercised a restraining influence on popes, kings, the worldly great, and entire religious orders. Raised to the dignity of Archbishop of Canterbury and primate of England, he waged a heroic campaign in defense of the rights and liberties of the Church. As a result he was deprived of goods and position and finally banned from the country. He journeyed to Rome, and at the Council of Bari supported Pope Urban II against the errors of the Greeks. His writings bear eloquent testimony to his moral stature and learning, and have earned for him the title of "Father of Scholasticism."— The Church's Year of Grace, Pius Parsch
- Learn more about St. Anselm and his works at the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
- You can find the works of St. Anselm at the Christian Classics Ethereal Library, click on Anselm
- Those who are truly ambitious might tackle this 2 volume set by Martin Rule published in 1883: The life and times of St. Anselm, archbishop of Canterbury and primate of the Britains, Vol. 1 and Vol 2.
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