Saint for the Day - April 21 - St. Anselm
Anselm was a native of
Piedmont. When a boy of fifteen, being forbidden to
enter religion, he for a while lost his fervor, left
his home, and went to various schools in France. At
length his vocation revived, and he became a monk at
Bec in Normandy. The fame of his sanctity in this
cloister led William Rufus, when dangerously ill, to
take him for his confessor, and to name him to the
vacant see of Canterbury. Now began the strife of
Anselm's life. With new health the king relapsed
into his former sins, plundered the Church lands,
scorned the archbishop's rebukes, and forbade him to
go to Rome for the pallium. Anselm went, and
returned only to enter into a more bitter strife
with William's successor, Henry I.
This sovereign claimed the right of investing
prelates with the ring and crozier, symbols of the
spiritual jurisdiction which belongs to the Church
alone. The worldly prelates did not scruple to call
St. Anselm a traitor for his defence of the Pope's
supremacy; on which the Saint rose, and with calm
dignity exclaimed, "If any man pretends that I
violate my faith to my king because I will not
reject the authority of the Holy See of Rome, let
him stand forth, and in the name of God I will
answer him as I ought" No one took up the challenge;
and to the disappointment of the king, the barons
sided with the Saint, for they respected his
courage, and saw that his cause was their own.
Sooner than yield, the archbishop went again into
exile, till at last the king was obliged to submit
to the feeble but inflexible old man. In the midst
of his harassing cares, St. Anselm found time for
writings which have made him celebrated as the
father of scholastic theology; while in metaphysics
and in science he had few equals.
He is yet more famous for his devotion to our
blessed Lady, whose Feast of the Immaculate
Conception he was the first to establish in the
West. He died in 1109.
Saint for the Day - St. Anselm
Read about the Saint for today - April 21 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Whoever, like St. Anselm,
contends for the Church's
rights, is fighting on the side
of God against the tyranny of
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