St Anselm is known to monastics as an important figure. Born in Piedmont, he arrived at the monastery in Our Lady of Bec, Normandy, where Lanfranc was Prior, in 1059, becoming a monk the following year. When Lanfranc was appointed Bishop of Caen in 1063, Anselm succeeded him as Prior of Bec, becoming Abbot of his monastery upon the death of Herlouin in 1078. The abbey at Bec had lands in England, necessitating frequent trips across the channel. In the meantime, Lanfranc had become Archbishop of Canterbury and, when he died, Anselm was chosen to succeed him in that office. He died on this day in 1109.

Here is part of a prayer that he wrote: ‘Lord Jesus Christ; Let me seek you by desiring you, and let me desire you by seeking you; let me find you by loving you, and love you in finding you.

May St Anselm pray for us, and may God bless you this day.