Wednesday, April 21, 2010

St Anselm


St Anselm was Archbishop of Canterbury and is a Doctor of the Church. He is known as the Doctor of Scholasticism. He wrote extensively and while extremely learned, he is remembered by those who knew him for his great love.
In researching this great saint, I found many of his writings to be very long and even a bit difficult to get through. However, I found  his Lord God, I Am Dazzled At the Brightness of Your Light from his Proslogion to be quite moving and thought I would share an excerpt from that work with you for this post.
An interesting note on his becoming one of the 33 Doctors of the Church~ he is one of only five who were named a Doctor without a decree by a pope or council.
There is much for us to learn from the saints and especially those who have been named as Doctors of the Church.
St Anselm, pray for us!

1 comment:

Anne said...

Thank you Karinann for that link. You are right, it is quite moving!

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.