Theology of the Heart- Life of the Saints- St. Ambrose


Bishop of Milan and mentor of Saint Augustine.

Doctor of the Church


Feast: December 7


See his writings:

By the grace of your words win over your people – Office for his feast

Too young to be punished, yet old enough for a martyr's crown - From a treatise On Virgins

Mary visits Elizabeth - From a commentary on Luke

Let us die with Christ, to live with Christ - From a book on the death of his brother Satyrus 

The sacrament that you receive is effected by the words of Christ -From the treatise On the Mysteries 

More writings of St. Ambrose



The courage and constancy to resist evil form an important part of the essential virtues of a bishop.  In this sense, Saint Ambrose was one of the greatest pastors of the Church of God.  He is traditionally considered to be one of the four great Doctors of the Church in the west.

Ambrose was born of a Roman family at Trier about the year 340.  He studied in Rome and served in the imperial government at Sirmium.  In 374, while living in Milan, he was unanimously elected bishop of the city by popular acclaim and ordained on December 7.  He devotedly carried out his duties and especially distinguished himself by his service to the poor and as an effective pastor and teacher of the faithful.  He strenuously guarded the laws of the Church and defended orthodox teaching by writings and actions against the Arians.  He died on Holy Saturday; April 4, 397.

Sources: The Liturgy of the Hours

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