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Bishop of Milan, influential scholar, eloquent preacher. A key figure in the conversion of Saint Augustine

Bishop of Milan, influential scholar, eloquent preacher. A key figure in the conversion of Saint Augustine
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Pili Piñero
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December 7th: Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Gospel text
Jn 10,11-16
«I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep (…)».
Gospel's Commentary
Today we admire Ambrose's prestige. His election was peculiar: he went directly from prefect of the city to bishop. The election of the new bishop of Milan was complicated, as there were partisanship and division ... They called the city police, with Ambrose leading, to guarantee order. Ambrose was getting ready to receive the baptism ... In a moment of discussions a voice was heard: "Ambrose, Bishop!" The applause was unanimous and he had no choice but to accept. In a few days he was baptized and received the Holy orders. —Ambrose became the most distinguished bishop of Milan. And you, how’s your professional prestige?

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