When Anselm was fifteen, he tried to enter a monastery, but his father was against it. Then Anselm became sick and not long after he got better, his mother died. He was still young and rich and clever, and soon he forgot about wanting to serve God. He began to think only of having good times.
Yet, after a while, Anselm became bored with this way of life. He wanted something better, something more important. So he went to visit the holy Abbot Lanfranc of the great monastery of Bee. He became Lanfranc's very close friend and the holy abbot brought him close to God. He also helped Anselm decide to become a monk.
Three years later, Anselm was made the superior. He was a very warm-hearted man who loved his brother monks dearly. Even those who were jealous of him at first became his friends. When he had to leave them to become Archbishop of the great diocese of Canterbury in England, he told them that they would always live in his heart. The people of England loved and respected Anselm very much.
However, the king at this time was the wicked William Rufus. This king persecuted the Saint in every way and even forbade him to go to Rome to ask the Pope's advice. But Anselm went anyway, and stayed with the Pope until the king died. Then he went back to his diocese in England.
Even in the midst of his many duties, St. Anselm always found time to write important books of philosophy and theology. To please his monks, he also wrote down the many wonderful instructions he had given them about God. He used to say: "Would you like to know the secret of being happy in the monastery? Forget the world and be happy to forget it. The monastery is a real Heaven on earth for those who live only for Jesus."
Let us realize that just having a lot of fun will
not make us happy. True happiness can only be
found in loving God and in helping our neighbor.