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St. Ambrose

St. Ambrose was one of the early church fathers. He was educated in law in Rome and stationed in the city of Milan when a dispute arose when the Bishop died and there were issues in the choices between the successors.

People were upset about the destructive heretical doctrine and others wanted someone that agreed with the Council of Nicaea.
Ambrose was greatly loved by the people; he was truly a Christian man and helped the poor and reached out to people in need. His words reached out to the hearts of the people. He told people to act in a Christian way, in an orderly fashion.

There was a story about his birth when he was a baby, he was in his crib and its swarm of bees settled on his face. The bees left behind a drop of honey and his father considered this a sign of his future eloquence and for this reason bees and beehives often appear in the same semiology.

Although Ambrose was gentle by nature he was able to stand in the face of opposition. One event that is always remembered in history, concerns Emperor Theodosius Even though he was a professing Christian and a member of the church he had massacred 7000 people in the city of Babylonia. It was punishment for rebellion for a few Roman officers being killed.

Ambrose wrote a letter to the Emperor about this with no reply. Soon afterwards the Emperor came to worship in Milan and wanted to present himself at the Lord ’s Table. But Ambrose was unwilling to receive him at the Lord ’s Table and he met him at the entrance of the of the church and said to his face, “How can you lift up your hands in prayer still dripping with the blood of murder? How will you with such hands receive and bring to your mouth the body and blood of the Lord. Get out of here and leave this place, do not dare to add another crime to the one you committed.�

In the outcome of this, the Roman Emperor made a public statement to confession of his sin in murder. Eight months later he was received at the Lord’s table and the Emperor as a token of his submission issued a law that that sentence against the man should never be carried into effect until 30 days after was pronounced.

Ambrose the gentleman, the man of God, the man of great eloquence, goes down in history as one of the three great early church fathers. He held the true Christian faith.