St Ambrose

Lord, teach me to seek you, and reveal yourself to me when I seek you. For I cannot seek you unless you first teach me, nor find you unless you first reveal yourself to me. Let me seek you in longing and long for you in seeking. Let me find you in love, and love you in finding. ~ St Ambrose

The prayer above was written by St Ambrose, a brilliant preacher, Biblical scholar, and a writer of liturgical hymns.

St Ambrose had a career in law and politics, and was the Imperial governor of Northern Italy. When the bishop of Milan died in 374, the people demanded that he be made their bishop, although he was only a catechumen at the time. He resisted but finally agreed. He was baptized, ordained a priest, and consecrated a bishop all within a week.

St Ambrose was a friend of St Augustine and was influential in his conversion. St Ambrose baptized St Augustine, who later went on to become bishop of Hippo in North Africa.

Some quotes from St Ambrose:

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.

If you are at Rome live in the Roman style; if you are elsewhere live as they live elsewhere.

The Devil tempts that he may ruin and destroy; God tests that He may crown.


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