Anselm on Loving God

That I May Know You and Love You

My God,
I pray that I may so know you and love you
that I may rejoice in you.
And if I may not do so fully in this life
let me go steadily on
to the day when I come to that fullness . . .

Meanwhile let my mind meditate on it
let my heart love it
let my mouth preach it
let my soul hunger for it
my flesh thirst for it
and my whole being desire it
until I enter into the joy of my Lord.

- St. Anselm (1033-1109), from PROSLOGION, as found in EERDMANS' BOOK OF CHRISTIAN CLASSICS: A TREASURY OF CHRISTIAN WRITINGS THROUGH THE CENTURIES, compiled by Veronica Zundel, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1985, p. 27.


Anselm served as Archbishop of Cantebury and is sometimes referred to as the "father of scholasticism." He may be most famous for his "ontological proof" - an attempt to prove by logic that God exists. Today's WORSHIP QUOTE OF THE WEEK comes from his book PROSLOGION.

Have a great day.

(Originally posted 9/2/1997)

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