Devotions of Saint Anselm Archbishop of Canterbury
by St. Anselm
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St. Anselm's prayers
and meditations are to be read slowly, during times of
peace. These devotions are intended to stir up within the
reader the feelings of love and fear of God. When given
honest consideration, they become a tool for
self-examination. St. Anselm's meditations focus on the
redemption of mankind. His prayers praise God for His
glory and thank the Holy Spirit for His blessing, but they also ask for
the strength to love and forgive our enemies during times of weakness.
St. Anselm was known for his wisdom, and his commitment as a spiritual
guide is evident in the five letters of spiritual counsel included in
this volume. These letters contain some of St. Anselm's advice on life
after death, religious conversion, sacred pilgrimage, and godly
influence in the throne. This volume of St. Anselm's devotions also
includes his Proslogion, a treatise concerning the existence of
which he presents the Ontological argument. When broken into small
segments, the Proslogion can be used for meditative purposes as
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