He was always happy to educate people interested in becoming baptized. There is nothing to think. The tumult of the people I will not encourage: but God alone can appease it. Threatening to excommunicate the Emperor, the bishop blocked a powerful movement in 384 toward erecting again the old pagan altar and statue of the goddess Victory in the Senate house at Rome. . He grew up with his siblings, Satyrus and Marcellina, in Trier, Belgic Gaul present-day Germany.
Therefore, also according to the flesh all things are given in subjection to Him, according to which He was also raised from the dead. Ballerini Milan, 1878 in six folio volumes; it has not rendered superfluous the Benedictine edition of du Frische and Le Nourry. Exposition of Psalm 118, Sermon 12, 44, as quoted in Loci Theologici, Vol. Friend of Justice Upon ordination, St. His work On the Duties of the Clergy is one of the first comprehensive treatments of Christian ethics.
Rarely, if ever, has a Christian bishop been so universally popular, in the best sense of that much abused term, as Ambrose of Milan. His studies were of an eminently practical nature; he learned that he might teach. There is nothing I ever need to do. Then came the excellent Maurist edition published in two volumes at Paris, in 1686 and 1690; reprinted by Migne in four volumes. De his qui initiantur mysteriis, ch.
Every day, he tells us, he offered up the Holy Sacrifice for his people pro quibus ego quotidie instauro sacrificium. Saint Ambrose of Milan was known for being a Doctor of the Church. If you have been graced by God with the means to do so, please support our work. For several hours before his death he lay with extended arms in imitation of his expiring Master, who also appeared to him in person. He did not write his sermons, but spoke them from the abundance of his heart; and from notes taken during their delivery he compiled almost all the treatises of his that are extant. Luke has reached us Expositio in Lucam. Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place, the darkness disappears.
Ambrose and his congregation barricaded themselves within the church walls until the imperial order rescinded. On Luke, as quoted in Examination of the Council of Trent, Part I, p. He reopened the heathen temples, and ordered the famous altar of Victory, concerning which Ambrose and the prefect Symmachus had maintained a long and determined literary contest, to be again set up in the Roman senate chamber. Ambrose was enormously popular as bishop, and on the occasions when he butted heads with imperial authority, it was this popularity that kept him from suffering unduly in consequence. However, where there is not the full sacrament of Baptism, there is thought to be neither the beginning nor any kind of Baptism; however it is full if you confess the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
That he was sincere in his repugnance to accepting the responsibilities of the sacred office, those only have doubted who have judged a great man by the standard of their own pettiness. When, in 390, the emperor Theodosius, in a fit of rage over a bloody riot in the city of Thessalonica, had his soldiers massacre several thousand inhabitants, Ambrose brought the ruler to do public penance for his act of vengeance, again under threat of excommunication. The writings of the holy Fathers bear witness that at times even they built stubble upon the foundation but that this did not overturn their faith. The light which it gives in regard to the faith and the labors of love which the Holy Spirit wrought in other days, the lives which were rendered luminous by rays from heaven — as others were rendered dark by obscuring blackness from hell, in its rage against the Anointed of the Lord — the Church is not willing to forget. Why do you rich claim it as your exclusive right? It is believed by many that when Ambrose was just an infant, a swarm of bees landed on his face and left behind a drop of honey.
Exposition of Psalm 118, c. On the Faith, book 5, chapter 6, as quoted in Catalog of Testimonies, p. The great bishop of Milan is therefore an important figure in the history of the relations between Church and State in the Western world. Ambrose is that of P. This triumph of paganism was of short duration. Within a week's time, Ambrose was baptized, ordained and duly consecrated bishop of Milan on December 7, 374.
They demanded some of the churches in Milan be dedicated to them, one in the city and one in the suburbs. His hymns are a sufficient evidence of the sure mastery that he possessed over the Latin language. Kellner, Der heilige Ambrosius als Erklärer das Alten Testamentes, Ratisbon, 1893. Trier, Arles, and Lyons, the three principal cities of the province, contend for the honour of having given birth to the Saint. He often attempted to theologically dispute their propositions. I hope to attain not the grace of the prophets nor the strength of the evangelists nor the foresight of the pastors, but only application to and love for the divine Scriptures.
Judaico , known in the Middle Ages as Hegesippus or Egesippus, a distortion of the Greek name of the original author Iosepos. He died on Good Friday. Unable to overcome the fortitude of the Bishop and the spirit of the people, the court finally desisted from its efforts. Temperance is therefore a teacher who shows the way of corrective discipline, reining in desires. But he who is without defect is also without this conception. To excel in this seems a noble thing.