St. Anselm of Canterbury

St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033–1109) was an Italian monk, abbot, author, philosopher and theologian who held the office of Archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109.


The Arrest of Christ

[Mary continues her reply to Anselm.] After this, my Son returned to His disciples and found that they had succumbed to sleep. He said to them with some disappointment, “Could you not remain awake for just one hour with Me?” And He added, “Behold! The one who will betray Me now draws nigh.” Just at…


The Betrayal of Christ and His Prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane

Anselm: Tell me, most beloved Lady, how did the events of the passion of your Son first begin? Mary: When my Son and His disciples had arisen from the table at His last supper, the perfidious traitor Judas Iscariot went forth alone to see the high priests of the temple. He received from them the…


The Words of Christ from the Cross

Saint Anselm had for a long time prayed earnestly to the glorious Virgin Mary that she would reveal to him the mysteries of her divine Son’s suffering and death.  His prayers were accompanied with ardent weeping and prolonged fasting. At last, the Blessed Virgin appeared before the saint.  She spoke to him the following words,…