Saint Ambrose (c.340-397)

for December 7

Those who knew Saint Ambrose were divided between those who admired him and those who loathed him. This division stemmed from Ambrose's personality and how he practiced his ministry. Ambrose would publicly do verbal battle with anyone, even people of nobility and power. In private, Ambrose was quiet, calm, and passionate in his faith. It was this side of Ambrose that helped convert Saint Augustine to Christianity. The sermons and writings of Saint Ambrose focused on the human soul and did not concentrate on material reality. He was also a passionate supporter of consecrated virginity. Ambrose is the patron saint of beekeepers and learning.

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We can't please everyone. Saint Ambrose knew this very well, because he was admired by some, and loathed by others. Part of this division came from the direct and public way that Ambrose would argue with his opponents. Ask the Lord for help when confronting others. Have a conversation with him about how you can get your point across passionately so that you can help others grow, not tear them down.


Merciful God, sometimes it’s hard to confront people about difficult issues. Give me the words to help others grow, not to tear them down. Give me the courage to actually challenge others when it is good to do so. (Taken from “Good News Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens”)