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St. Anselm's Book of Meditations and Prayers.

by St. Anselm

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St. Anselm's Book of Meditations and Prayers features twenty-one meditations, which focus on several contrasting concepts within the Christian faith. For example, St. Anselm compares the sinner's fears and the sinner's hopes by meditating on the nature of sin, which separates us from God, and the grace of God, which draws sinners back to salvation. St. Anselm also addresses the sinner's past and the sinner's future by meditating on the nature of the wicked soul, which finds a life of misery, and the nature of the good soul, upon which God bestows glory. Finally, St. Anselm explores the paradox of the Incarnation, meditating on the humanity of Christ by which Christ interacts with his people, and the godliness of Christ, by which Christ redeems his people. St. Anselm's deep desire to understand his faith is evidence in this collection of keenly insightful meditations.

Emmalon Davis
CCEL Staff Writer
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St. Anselm
Source: catholicculture.org
Source: catholicculture.org
Born: 1033, Aosta, Burgundy
Died: April 21, 1109, Canterbury, Kent
Related topics: Anselm,--Saint, Archbishop of Canterbury,--1033-1109, Atonement, Catholic Church, Early works, England
Basic information: Anselm of Canterbury, also called of Aosta for his birthplace, and of Bec for his home monastery, was a Benedictine monk, a philosopher, and a prelate of the Church who held the office of Archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109. Called the founder of scholasticism, he is famous as the originator of the ontological argument for the existence of God. Born into the House of Candia, he entered the Benedictine order at the Abbey of Bec at the age of 27, where he became abbot in 1079.
Popular works: Proslogium; Monologium; An Appendix in Behalf of the Fool by Gaunilon; and Cur Deus Homo, Devotions of Saint Anselm Archbishop of Canterbury, St. Anselm's Book of Meditations and Prayers.