Today’s meditation comes from the pen of none other than the Augustinian Archbishop of Canterbury Saint Anselm (1033 – 1109).
“Teach me to seek thee, and reveal thyself to me, when I seek thee, for I cannot seek thee, except thou teach me, nor find thee, except thou reveal thyself.”
“I long to understand in some degree thy truth, which my heart believers and loves. For I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand.” (Proslogium 1)
“Ah ha!” we say. “Anselm has a pre-commitment in his belief in God.” Yes, that is very true and we should be quite impressed that he is so open and candid about it. If we are candid with ourselves in the same way that Anselm is, we will find that we all have a pre-commitment to some “ultimate authority”.
“For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature,have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. (Romans 1:20-23, ESV)”