StAmbrose.500

Ambrose wasn’t even baptized when he was elected Bishop of Milan; he was a lawyer and politician, present at the meeting to mediate between riotous factions. He did it so well, everyone dumped their favorite candidates and elected him instead. (He protested; they prevailed.) He was a defender of orthodoxy and introduced antiphonal chant to the liturgy, but his biggest strength may have been his preaching; he would discuss the highest concepts without using fancy words. That’s how he won over a skeptic named Augustine of Hippo – who had also dodged baptism. (artist unknown)

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