Today Christians Celebrate Feast of St Ambrose, Patron Saint of Bee Keepers & Learning

Saint AmbroseSaint Ambrose –Image Courtesy: National Trust Art@Twitter

(Franciscan Media) One of Ambrose’s biographers noted that at the ‘Last Judgment’ people would still be divided between those who admired Ambrose and those who heartily disliked him–Ambrose emerges as a man of action who cut a furrow through the lives of his contemporaries, even royal personages were numbered among those who were to suffer crushing divine punishments for standing in his way.

At 33 Ambrose had it all observes Catholic Online a successful career as a lawyer, an important position as Governor of Milan, the approval and friendship of the Emperor and a large estate.

Then the Bishop of Milan died. At this time, about 374 heresies threatened to destroy the Church–the Bishop had supported the Arian heresy that argued against the divinity of Christ. Who would take his place an Arian or a Catholic? Both sides met in the cathedral and a riot broke out.

Public order was Ambrose’s responsibility as Governor, so he hurried to the church and made a passionate speech not in favor of either side but in favor for peace, begging the people to make their choice without a fight, using restraint and moderation.

Suddenly while he was speaking, a voice called out “Ambrose for Bishop.” Soon everyone was shouting, “Ambrose for Bishop.”

The other Bishops of the Province were only to glad to have this controversial decision taken out of their hands but Ambrose was not about to give up his successful career for the dangerous position as Bishop–a life threatening position in these heretical times, so Ambrose ran away.

When he appealed to his friend the Emperor to overturn the decision on the grounds that he hadn’t even been baptized yet, the Emperor answered that he was happy that he chose Governor’s fit for the episcopal office–Ambrose hid in a Senator’s house but the Senator surrendered Ambrose when he heard about the Emperor’s decision.

With nowhere else to run, Ambrose gave in. Since he had been forced to take the position, no one would have been surprised if he’d decide to keep on living the way he had before ordination. Instead, Ambrose immediately gave all of his property to the poor, making only provisions for his Sister Marcellina (who later became a Nun) and committed the care of his family to his brother–raising Ambrose’s popularity even more…

Full Biography here of Saint Ambrose from Catholic Online

Today Christians Celebrate Feast of Queen Saint Margaret of Scotland, Patron Saint for Learning

St Margaret of Scotland

Saint Margaret of Scotland (1045-1093) Image: Catholic Online

(CNA) Born in Hungary into Royalty, Margaret “was a truly liberated Woman in the sense, that she was free to be herself,” writes Franciscan Media “for her, that meant freedom to love God and serve others.”

Margaret’s father Edward ‘Outremere’ Atheling, heir to the English throne, her mother Princess Agatha of Hungary–While Margaret’s family returned to England when she was 10 yrs old, the Norman Conquest forced them into exile. By this time Margaret’s father had passed away and her mother fled with the children aboard a ship which crashed onto the coast of Scotland where they remained.

In 1070 at the age of 25 Margaret wed the King of Scotland Malcom III Canmore (1031-1093) — As Queen, Margaret’s Christian faith had a strong influence on her husband’s reign. Queen Margaret helped to soften his temper and led him to practice virtue, she dignified the Royal Court, providing an example of purity and reverence that others emulated. Queen Margaret and King Malcom III prayed together and fed the hungry, offering a powerful witness of faith to the people they served.

In addition to being wife and mother, Queen Margaret worked tirelessly to bring justice and relief to the poor of Scotland, she would also go on to build Churches and encouraged the practice of Christian devotion. In Queen Margaret’s private life, she exhibited a great prayerfulness and faith, her influence was seen not only in King Malcom’s life but throughout all of Scotland.

Queen Margaret passed away on this date in 1093 just 4 days after King Malcom III and one of her sons was killed in battle — In 1251 Queen Margaret was Canonized by Pope Innocent IV

More here from American Catholic and here from EWTN

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What the Holy Scriptures Teach About the Dangers of the Last Days — Sound Familiar?

There will be terrifying times in the last days. People will be self-centered and lovers of money, proud, haughty, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, irreligious, callous, implacable, slanderous, licentious, brutal, hating what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, as they make a pretense of religion but deny its power. Reject them. For some of these slip into homes and make captives of Women weighed down by sins, led by various desires, always trying to learn but never able to reach a knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 3:1-7

God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of those who by their wickedness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things He has made. So they are without excuse, for though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools and they exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling a mortal human being or birds, or four-footed animals or reptiles.

Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the degrading of their bodies among themselves because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever.

Since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind and to things that should not be done. They were filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, craftiness, they are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, rebellious toward parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. They know God’s decree, that those who practice such things deserve to die–yet they not only do them but even applaud others who practice them.  Romans 1:18-25, 28-32

  • For the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

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An Inspiration Of Time With God For Today

You Are Who Your Friends Are
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I give you a new Commandment: Love one another.

As I have loved you, so you should love one another. This is how all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:34-35

For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the Scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Concerning Anger

“You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’ and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment’ but I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the Hell of fire.

So when you are offering your gift at the alter, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the alter and go, first to be reconciled to your brother or sister and then come and offer your gift.

Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to Court — or your accuser may hand you over to the Judge and the Judge to the guard and you will be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.”  Matthew 5:20-26

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