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Saint of the Day for 21 April: St. Anselm of Aosta

St. Anselm of Aosta: Life, Teachings and Spirituality of the Doctor of the Church


St. Anselm of Aosta


Bishop and Doctor of the Church


1033, Aosta


April 21, 1109, Canterbury, England


21 April


2004 edition


1163, Rome, Pope Alexander III


Please, Lord, let me taste through love what I taste through knowledge. Let me feel through affection what I feel through intellect. All that is yours through condition. Make it yours through love. Draw all things to your love; do thou, O Christ, what my heart cannot. You who make me ask grant.

Patron of


Roman Martyrology

In Canterbury, England, Saint Anselm Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of the Church, illustrious for holiness and doctrine.



The Saint and Mission

Saint Anselm of Aosta, with his deep theological reflection and fervent spirituality, embodied a model of missionary commitment that extended beyond geographical boundaries. His mission was not only limited to spreading the faith in its historical context, but also manifested itself in deepening the knowledge of God and defending the truth of the faith. Through his writings and teaching, St. Anselm contributed to strengthening the faith of believers and promoting the understanding of Christian truth, an essential task for the mission of the Church in every age.

The Saint and Mercy

St. Anselm of Aosta, a theologian and philosopher of great spiritual depth, teaches us that mercy is the beating heart of the Christian faith. Through his life and writings, he reminds us that God’s mercy is the foundation on which all our hope for salvation rests. St. Anselm lived and taught mercy through his commitment to serving others, welcoming the marginalized and forgiving those who offended him. His witness spurs us to live mercy in every moment of our lives, to be compassionate and generous toward anyone we meet along our path, following the example of Jesus Christ, the source of all mercy.


This saint is rightly called the first of the Scholastics, that is, those philosophers who took up the study of the true and sound philosophy of the great Aristotle, Christianizing it. Anselm was born in Aosta, a town in Piedmont, in the year 1033, to Gandulf and…


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