7 Dec – Titanic, intriguing St Ambrose of Milan, bishop and doctor

Today is the feast of St. Ambrose of Milan, a titanic figure of the early Church, massively influential, endlessly intriguing.  He died in 397 and is entombed in Milan, where you can visit and venerate his bones, which were recently examined and verified.  HERE

In the past I have written quite a few posts about St. Ambrose, including one about St. Edith Stein’s dialogue between Ambrose and Augustine, whom Ambrose would baptize.  HERE

I’ve also written about how Jerome simply couldn’t stand Ambrose and how he railed against him.  HERE

This year, I would point you all to one of the better books about Ambrose, written by the priest who helped to blow the whistle, as it were, on the disgraced Theodore McCarrick, formerly of the College of Cardinals and perv.  I wonder how Jerome… and Ambrose and Augustine would write about him.  Hmmm.

If you want to know more about Ambrose, and I am sure that you do, check out Ambrose by Boniface Ramsey. US HERE – UK HERE

I also have a few oldie PODCAzTs that touch on Ambrose.  Wow… some are ten years old.

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  1. maternalView says:

    Thanks for the Ambrose stuff. I shall spend the weekend learning.

  2. Elizabeth D says:

    Any pointers to a great book about St Jerome?

    I am going to be leading a book study on Augustine’s Confessions starting in January and got the book Augustine of Hippo (45th anniv edition) by Peter Brown based on a recommendation on this blog from some previous time. Haven’t started reading it due to the fact I waste too much time reading Catholic news and internet commentary.

    [You might try J.N.D. Kelly’s book. HERE]

  3. Semper Gumby says:

    A good article from Regina magazine about Ambrose, Augustine, and Augustine’s mother Monica.


    “Let your door stand open to receive Him, unlock your soul to Him, offer Him a welcome in your mind.” – St. Ambrose

  4. Elizabeth D says:

    Thank you. Ambrose may have been a little more winsome with people, but Jerome is the one I find intriguing.

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