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St. Anselm

Saint Anselm

St. Anselm: Biography and Writings


Anselm was born around 1033 into the family of a Lombard landowner of Aosta, in the Piedmont regions of Northern Italy.  In 1059 Anselm entered the monastic school of Bec in Normandy directed by Lanfranc, his fellow Northern Italian.  As nearly all monasteries in Western Europe, Bec followed the rule of St. Benedict, the father of western monasticism.  Anselm became a monk a year later and, in 1063, he succeeded Lanfranc as prior. In 1078 Anselm rose to abbot of Bec and was ultimately appointed Archbishop of Canterbury in England in 1093. 


In the history of theology, St. Anselm is accorded the distinction of being the first "scholastic" philosopher and theologian.  Scholasticism is that theological movement in the Latin or Western Church which brought a rigorous application of logic to the reflection on the deposit of the faith.  St. Anselm's theological work is famous for his "ontological" proof for the existence of God outlined in his Monologion and Proslogion and his "satisfaction" theory of the atonement, outlined in his book Cur Deus Homo ("Why God became Man").   The latter can be recognized as the greatest contribution to the theology of the atonement (technically known as "soteriology") in the Middle Ages.  St. Anslem, the greatest intellect in the Latin Church between St. Augustine (d. 430) and St. Thomas Aquinas (d. 1274) died in 1109 AD.  In the 18th Century Pope Clement XI declared him a "Doctor of the Church."


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The Fathers of the Church - Who They Are and Why They Matter

Early Church Fathers, Marcellino D'Ambrosio

In a single, upbeat talk, full of examples and stories about some of the Church's most intriguing personalities, Marcellino D'Ambrosio explains who people are talking about when they refer to the "Fathers of the Church" or "Early Church Fathers.  Though the ranks of the fathers include a tremendous variety of cultures, locales, and personalities, there is surprising consensus that emerges from them on a variety of the most important questions of our day.  In this talk, Marcellino makes clear just how much these figures have to teach us today. 



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Lord God, I Am Dazzled by Your Light-St. Anselm Prayer and Spirituality Yes Download
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Prayer and Spirituality
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Virgin Mary, Mother of the Re-created World -- St. Anselm Advent & Christmas Season Resources & Readings,
Incarnation -- God Becomes Man in Jesus Christ,
Blessed Virgin Mary
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