St. Ambrose


Also Known as:
Sant Ambroggio de Milano in Italian, Early Church Father, Confessor and Doctor of the Church

Feast:
December 7th

Born:
339 AD in what is now France

Died:
On Holy Saturday (April 4) in the year 397 AD

Canonized:
Unknown Date pre-Congregation

Patronage:
bee keepers; bees; candle makers; domestic animals; French Commissariat; learning; Milan; students; wax refiners


 

In the late 4th century there was a deep conflict in the diocese of Milan between the Catholics and Arians. In 374 the bishop of Milan, Auxentius, an Arian, died, and the Arians challenged the succession. Ambrose went to the church where the election was to take place, to prevent an uproar, which was probable in this crisis. His address was interrupted by a call “Ambrose, bishop!”, which was taken up by the whole assembly.

Aurelius Ambrosius, better known in English as Saint Ambrose, was an archbishop of Milan who became one of the most influential ecclesiastical figures of the 4th century. He was one of the four original doctors of the Church. The powerful Mariology of Ambrose of Milan influenced contemporary Popes like Pope Damasus and Siricius and later, Pope Leo the Great. Central to Ambrose is the virginity of Mary and her role as Mother of God.

Lord, teach me to seek You, and reveal Yourself to me when I seek You.
For I cannot seek You unless You first teach me, nor find You, unless You
first reveal Yourself to me.

Let me seek You in longing, and long for You in seeking.
Let me find You in love, and love You in finding.
Amen.

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