“You were, You are, and You will be” by Anselm of Canterbury

“Through Your eternity You were, You are, and You will be.

And since being past is different from being future, and being present is different from being past and from being future, how does Your eternity exist always as a whole?

Does none of Your eternity pass by so that it no longer is, and is none of it going to become what, so to speak, it not yet is?

Then, in no case were You yesterday or will You be tomorrow; instead, yesterday, today, and tomorrow, You are. Or better, You simply are—existing beyond all time.

You do not exist yesterday or today or tomorrow; for yesterday, today, and tomorrow are nothing other than temporal distinctions.

Now, although without You nothing can exist, You are not in space or time but all things are in You.

For You are not contained by anything but rather You contain all things.”

–Anselm of Canterbury, Monologion and Proslogion, with the Replies of Gaunilo and Anselm, trans. Thomas Williams (Indianapolis, IN: Hackett, 1996), 106.

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