When Anselm was 15, he tried to enter a monastery, but his dad didn’t like the idea, so the superior refused to take Anselm. Out of disappointment, Anselm stopped being faithful to Jesus. Then 12 years later, he had a reawakening. He returned to the monastery and was accepted. He quickly earned a reputation for being able to use reason and logic to support faith in Christ. When he was 60, he became an archbishop, but the king got angry when Anselm wouldn’t do whatever he was told, so Anselm was exiled. Anselm didn’t let this bother him. He had already learned that even if he didn’t get what he wanted, he should stay faithful to the Lord. He focused on caring for the poor and trying to end slavery.
There are many times in a Christian’s life when we pray for something that we know is right and good, but we don’t get the answer we are looking for – maybe not for a long time. Maybe not ever. Then we must remember that God doesn’t make mistakes. If we don’t get what we want – even when what we want is right and good – we need to remember that God is still in control and working out everything for our best interests. That’s what Saint Anselm understood. Today, memorize a verse that will help you all your life, Romans 8:28, “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” Whenever you are frustrated by not getting the answers you seek in prayer, recite this verse.