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Saint
Ambrose
Archbishop of Milan

Early mosaic of Ambrose that might be an actual portrait.
See Mediolanum, Diocese of Milan
Appointed 374 AD
Term ended April 4, 397
Predecessor Auxentius
Successor Simplician
Orders
Consecration December 7, 374
Personal details
Born c. 340 AD
Augusta Treverorum,
Gallia Belgica, Roman Empire
(modern Trier, Germany)
Died April 4, 397
Mediolanum,
Italia annonaria, Roman Empire
(modern Milan, Italy)
Sainthood
Feast day December 7[1]
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
Oriental Orthodoxy
Anglican Communion
Lutheran Church
Title as Saint Confessor and Doctor of the Church
Attributes Beehive, a child, whip, bones
Patronage Bee keepers; bees; bishops; candle makers; domestic animals; French Commissariat; geese; learning; livestock; Milan; police officers; students; wax refiners
Shrines Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio

Forget not, O Lord, that I am one of those whom Thou hast created, and with Thine own blood hast redeemed. I repent me of my sins: I will strive to amend my ways.
Saint Ambrose
God created the universe in such a manner that all in common might derive their food from it, and that the Earth should also be a property common to all.
Saint Ambrose
No one is good but God alone. What is good is therefore divine, what is divine is therefore good.
Saint Ambrose
It is a better thing to save souls for the Lord than to save treasures. He who sent forth his apostles without gold had not need of gold to form his Church. The Church possesses gold, not to hoard, but to scatter abroad and come to the aid of the unfortunate.
Saint Ambrose
Let there be a door to thy mouth, that it may be shut when need arises, and let it be carefully barred, that none may rouse thy voice to anger, and thou pay back abuse with abuse.
Saint Ambrose
A duty is to be chosen from what is virtuous, and from what is useful, and also from the comparison of the two, one with the other; but nothing is recognized by Christians as virtuous or useful which is not helpful to the future life.
Saint Ambrose
God is not accustomed to refusing a good gift to those who ask for one. Since he is good, and especially to those who are faithful to him, let us hold fast to him with all our soul, our heart, our strength, and so enjoy his light and see his glory and possess the grace of supernatural joy.
Saint Ambrose
Many a sin has sullied me in body and in soul because I did not restrain my thoughts nor guard my lips: nevertheless it is to Thee, O God of majesty and love, that I turn in my extremity, for Thou art the fount of mercy; to Thee, as quickly as I may, I speed: for Thou alone canst heal me; I take refuge under Thy protection.
Saint Ambrose
When I go to Rome, I fast on Saturday, but in Milan I do not. Do you also follow the custom of whatever church you attend, if you do not want to give or receive scandal.
Saint Ambrose
Take away the contests of the martyrs, and you have taken away their crowns.
Saint Ambrose
The emperor is in the Church, not above the Church.
Bind up thy words that they run not riot, and grow wanton, and gather up sins for themselves in too much talking. Let them be rather confined, and held back within their own banks. An overflowing river quickly gathers mud.
Saint Ambrose
The best way to use the gold of the Redeemer is for the redemption of those in peril.
Saint Ambrose
One of the duties of fortitude is to keep the weak from receiving injury; another, to check the wrong motions of our own souls; a third, both to disregard humiliations, and to do what is right with an even mind. All these clearly ought to be fulfilled by all Christians, and especially by the clergy.
Saint Ambrose
When in Rome, live as the Romans do; when elsewhere, live as they live elsewhere.
Saint Ambrose
Where a man's heart is, there is his treasure also.
When in Rome, live as the Romans do; when elsewhere, live as they live elsewhere.
Saint Ambrose
It is not enough just to wish well; we must also do well.
O most merciful Father, put far from me all my iniquities and all my offences; so that, by Thee made whole in body and in soul, I may be accounted worthy to approach the Holy of holies.
Saint Ambrose
A kindness received should be returned with a freer hand.
Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's.
Saint Ambrose
It is not from your own goods that you give to the beggar; it is a portion of his own that you are restoring to him. The Earth belongs to all. So you are paying back a debt and think you are making a gift to which you are not bound.
Saint Ambrose
In some causes silence is dangerous.
It is ingrained in all living creatures, first of all, to preserve their own safety, to guard against what is harmful, to strive for what is advantageous.
Saint Ambrose
Let us take refuge from this world. You can do this in spirit, even if you are kept here in the body. You can at the same time be here and present to the Lord. Your soul must hold fast to him, you must follow after him in your thoughts, you must tread his ways by faith, not in outward show.
Saint Ambrose
Nothing graces the Christian soul so much as mercy; mercy as shown chiefly towards the poor, that thou mayest treat them as sharers in common with thee in the produce of nature, which brings forth the fruits of the earth for use to all.
Saint Ambrose
God drove Cain out of his presence and sent him into exile far away from his native land, so that he passed from a life of human kindness to one which was more akin to the rude existence of a wild beast.
Saint Ambrose
A good youth ought to have a fear of God, to be subject to his parents, to give honor to his elders, to preserve his purity; he ought not to despise humility, but should love forbearance and modesty. All these are an ornament to youthful years.
Saint Ambrose
Nothing escapes God's knowledge. This is proved by the witness of the Scriptures and the analogy of the sun, which, although created, yet by its light or heat enters into all things.
Saint Ambrose
There is nothing evil save that which perverts the mind and shackles the conscience.
Saint Ambrose
God, who preferred the correction rather than the death of a sinner, did not desire that a homicide be punished by the exaction of another act of homicide.
Saint Ambrose