A prayer of St Anselm – Archbishop of Canterbury (1093 – 1109)
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
I confess, Lord, with thanksgiving,
that you have made me in your
so that I can remember you, think of you, and love you.
But that image is so worn and blotted out by faults,
and darkened by the
smoke of sin,
that it cannot do that for which it was made,
renew and refashion it.
Lord, I am not trying to make my way to your height,
for my understanding
is in no way equal to that,
but I do desire to understand a little of your
which my heart already believes and loves.
I do not seek to understand so that I can believe,
but I believe so that I
and what is more,
I believe that unless I do believe, I
shall not understand.