Believe in Order to Understand


St. Anselm of Cantebury lived c. 1033 – 1109. The spiritual journey starts with belief, not with understanding.

Nor do I seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe that I may understand. For this too I believe, that unless I first believe, I shall not understand.

- St. Anselm of Cantebury

Ok. It does kind of remind me of, ‘How much wood can a woodchuck chuck…” Nonetheless, I can relate to the point he is trying to make which is the spiritual life doesn’t begin with a complete understanding of God or the meaning of a spiritual life. It begins with faith and a willingness to believe. Very consistent with my  2nd Step experience. 

  1. #1 by Tony on November 12, 2012 - 9:46 am

    I read this post probably a hundred times and just now think I “got” what he says…it does sound like a woodchuck could chuck… :)! Thanks for all your posts, immensely helpful to myself and others in recovery!

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