St. Ambrose

St. Ambrose
Posted on 12/07/2017
Bishop of Milan (339-397)

In 374 the Bishop of Milan, Italy died.  His diocese was bitterly divided between Catholic and Arian factions, and thus unable to choose a successor.  Ambrose at this time was the provincial governor of Aemilia-Liguria in northern Italy.  Violence was breaking out between the two factions as to who was to be the next bishop.  Ambrose went to the basilica to exhort the assembly to conclude their deliberations in a peaceful manner.  Suddenly a voice rose up, “Ambrose for bishop!”  This cry was quickly taken up by the entire assembly.  Ambrose was horrified.  Not only was he a layman – he was not even baptized.  He fled the basilica and went into hiding, but he was found, cornered, and, finally, agreed to be the next bishop.

Within a week he was baptized and confirmed, received holy orders, and was consecrated bishop of Milan.  He made up for lost time:  He gave away all his property, embraced a standard of austerity and daily prayer, and immersed himself in the study of Scripture and theology.  He became a protector of the poor and opened his door to all in need.  He became, in short order, the model bishop. 

When, he died 23 years later, the people acclaimed him as a saint.  Today is his feast day.
All Saints, Robert Ellsberg

Today is the 76th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japanese aircraft. We pray in thanks for all veterans and those who serve in the military today. A great friend of SJJ requests our prayers in dealing with a lung condition. Seek the Lord while he maybe found; call him, while he is near. (from today’s Advent Mass) St. Ambrose, pray for us.  St. John Berchmans, pray for us.  St. Ignatius, pray for us.  

The God We Hardly Knew

No one can celebrate
a genuine Christmas
without being truly poor.
The self-sufficient, the proud,
those who, because they have
everything, look down on others,
those who have no need
even of God – for them there
will be no Christmas.
Only the poor, the hungry,
those who need someone
to come on their behalf,
will have that someone.
That someone is God.
Emmanuel.  God-with-us.
Without poverty of spirit
there can be no abundance of God.
Bishop Oscar Romero  
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