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Passover begins tonight. To our Jewish brothers and sisters, happy Passover!
Today is the feast of St. Anselm of Canterbury, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. Anselm was born in Aosta, Italy, around 1033. His mother sent him to a school run by Benedictines. At 15, Anselm discerned a calling to religious life. His father, who was not a very religious man, wouldn't allow Anselm to be a monk. Soon after, his mother died. Anselm spent the next few years traveling around Europe. In Normandy, he met Lanfranc of Pavia, prior of the Benedictine monastery Bec Abbey. Anselm joined the Benedictines and was ordained a priest at age 27. Three years later, Lanfranc was moved to the Abbey of Saint-Étienne in Caen, France, and Anselm became prior of Bec Abbey. As prior, Anselm began a monastic school at Bec Abbey. He also began publishing his books, including Cur Deus Homo (Why God Became Man). Lanfranc became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1070, during the Norman Conquest of England. When the Normans asked for monks to assist with the Church in England, Lanfranc requested Anselm's help. William Rufus, son of William the Conqueror, became king of England in 1087. After Lanfranc died in 1089, he wouldn't allow the Church to choose the archbishop's successor. He changed his mind after a few years, and Anselm was asked to take the position. By then, Anselm had been back at his monastery for years, and he had no desire to go back to England. However, Anselm accepted the role of archbishop in 1093. For several years, he opposed King William's attempts to take over government of the English Church. This resulted in his exile until King William died in 1100. Anselm returned to England at the request of William's brother, the new king Henry I. However, he once again found himself opposing the king. King Henry wanted to invest the bishops with land, tying part of the bishops' loyalty to him. Anselm refused to consecrate these invested bishops, insisting on keeping the Church separate from the secular government, and was exiled again. An agreement was made around 1106 or 1107, allowing Anselm to return to his archdiocese. He died in 1109. St. Anselm, pray for us!
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