7 December: St. Ambrose of Milan

Today is the feast of St. Ambrose, who seemed to bring out both the worst and the best in people.  For example, St. Jerome couldn’t stand him. HERE


If you are interested in learning more about this titanic figure of the 4th century, who helped God to convert St. Augustine and faced down heretics and Emperors, one the better books about him is Ambrose by Boniface Ramsey. [UK HERE]

I am happy to have the company of Ambrose in a special way: a first class relic of the great saint and doctor.

Ask St. Ambrose today to intercede before God’s throne am implore graces for the recovery of pro-abortion catholic politicians and for strength, especially, for bishops who must deal with them.

Fill in the names in your prayers!

How do you think St. Ambrose would have dealt with, say, Nancy Pelosi?


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  1. Benedict Joseph says:

    Nancy Pelosi surely would find herself in deep and threatening waters should she present herself to the scrutiny of St. Ambrose, let alone any of the saints who have gone before us. Unfortunately she does not seem to garner the same charity from most ecclesiastics who presently walk among us and lead us. In any event, according to what I’ve spied at other web sites today, Archbishop Fisichella has determined that those of us who find ourselves objecting to certain postures, positions and procedures, presently finding favor at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, can find ourselves in a state of mortal sin or even excommunication.
    I know there is a logic to this, and I fear I know its construct, but it surely deserves some sort of rational assessment by those of greater intelligence and devotion than myself. Legislatively supporting the slaughter of children is not grounds for being denied Holy Communion – but objecting to the trajectory presently traced in the current pontificate can be a mortal sin – or even the cause of excommunication.
    The Chinese curse, “…may you live in interesting times…” comes to mind.
    Will someone clarify this muddle proposed by the good Archbishop?

  2. Maybe St. Ambrose would be horrified at our apathy and be excoriating people like me to deeper prayer, self-examination, more spiritual reading of old Church writings, instead of exhausting ourselves on things we can’t control [like politics, Pope Francis, idiots on Facebook, etc.] . I think I can hear him yelling at me…from the distance. Something about ‘save yourself…”? Sorry, I gotta go.

    St. Ambrose, powerful saint, pray for all of us!

  3. Veritatis Splendor says:

    Well Father, to be honest, St. Jerome couldn’t really stand anyone, and no one could really stand Jerome either.

  4. Grumpy Beggar says:

    Each time St. Ambrose’s name comes up, I’m reminded of those prophetic words of comfort he spoke to St. Monica who sought his council during that same time that she lived a deep anguish worrying about the salvation of her errant son (St.) Augustine:

    From EWTN’s Biography of St. Monica

    She implored the local bishop for help in winning him over, and he counseled her to be patient, saying, “God’s time will come.” Monica persisted in importuning him, and the bishop uttered the words which have often been quoted: “Go now, I beg you; it is not possible that the son of so many tears should perish.”

    Concerning “how I think St. Ambrose might have dealt with Nancy Pelosi” , I’m tempted to wonder whether St. Ambrose would have bothered dealing with her at all . . . as I recall another of the Saint’s lesser known quotes – which goes something like this :

    “It is idle to play the lyre for an ass.”

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