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Today’s Readings – Saint Ambrose of Milan

St Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor (Memorial)



Ambrose was born in 339 at Trier, son of the Pretorian Prefect of Gaul. There is a legend that, as a small child, a swarm of bees landed on his face as he lay in his cradle and left behind a drop of honey. His father took this as a sign of Ambrose’s future eloquence and honeyed tongue.

He studied Greek literature, law and rhetoric. About 372 he was made consular prefect of Liguria and Aemilia with headquarters in Milan, then, after Rome, the second capital of Italy. Ambrose soon made a name for himself as an excellent administrator.

At this time in the Church there were deep divisions between the Arians, who denied the divinity of Christ and those who affirmed it. In 374, Auxentius, the Arian bishop … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Friday of week 1 of Advent - First Reading

Commentary on Isa 29:17-24

Today’s Mass is about seeing. The First Reading gives promise of a future full of hope. The prophet presents God’s plan of redemption in terms of happenings that could hardly be hoped for in normal circumstances, such as the cedars … Continue


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