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Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

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“There is also a certain water which we put into the basin of our soul, water from the fleece and from the Book of Judges; water, too, from the Book of Psalms. It is the water of the message from heaven. Let, then, this water, O Lord Jesus, come into my soul, into my flesh, that through the moisture of this rain the valleys of our minds and the fields of our hearts may grow green. May the drops from Thee come upon me, shedding forth grace and immortality.”[1]

St. Ambrose was the Bishop of Milan in the 4th century. The son of the Praetorian Prefect of Gaul, St. Ambrose was raised around the Roman senate and studied law in their courts. When his predecessor died, the Catholic laity demanded St. Ambrose become the new bishop. He accepted the post, became a catechumen and was later baptized and ordained. His preaching was efficacious, converting the most learned of men including St. Augustine. Additionally, he preached a strong moral ethic and combated Arianism. St. Ambrose is one of the original Four Doctors of the Western Church along with St’s Jerome, Augustine, and Gregory the Great.[2][3][4]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

[1] St. Ambrose, “To the Emperor Gratian,” in Ambrose: Select Works and Letters,” eds. Philip Schaff and Henry Wace (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.), 95.
[2] F.L. Cross and E.A. Livingstone, The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (London: Oxford University Press, 1974), 42-43.
[3] Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, The Martyrology of the Monastery of the Ascension, 2008.
[4] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “St. Ambrose.”

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Jesus we claim Your promise for provision for ALL of our needs even financial. Please rescue my father from Jezebel's grasp, open his blind eyes and turn his heart from stone. For all who come to You here in prayer, we thank You Blessed Lord for Your Love and ask for enduring Faith forever.

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Please, Lord God, Father and Creator of us all, open a way for residential treatment for my grandson. I trust in your wisdom and purpose Lord. Through Jesus Christ your son and our Redeemer. Amen.

No Image Grzegorz Okulewicz on December 7th, 2023 at 11:42

For a quick recovery of my pastor Father John Dillon from his hand surgery.

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Thanking God for His Mercy and the significant improvement in baby Campbell’s condition. All praise be to God Almighty!

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Thanking God for His Mercy and the significant improvement in baby Campbell’s condition. All praise be to God Almighty!

No Image Fannie on December 7th, 2023 at 10:08

Praying for Our Lord's Divine Mercy and Grace tomorrow morning as my friend, V, has her follow up MRI. We pray to the Lord.

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Lord Jesus, Divine Mercy-Jerry and Norma Stewart & Family

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We pray for the souls of the service men who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor 82 years ago today. We ask that the Lord grant them entrance into His heavenly kingdom if they are not with him already.

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For Deacon Jim and the successful replacement of his hip

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My neighbors do not maintain their septic system creating the most foul odors that permeate our entire neighborhood. This morning it has changed to a more potent, chemical smell that burns my throat. Please pray the smell dissipates quickly. Pray it does not harm my dog who loves the outdoors.

No Image Tom on December 7th, 2023 at 5:21

That in God we find the joy of our souls we pray.

No Image Danny Smith on December 7th, 2023 at 1:21

Eternal Father, I offer you the most precious blood of thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with all the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal Church and those in my own home and family.

No Image Marie-Lou Dauharry on December 7th, 2023 at 0:00

Jesus,You speak to us, call us & reveal Your presence through the Scriptures. Open our hearts to receive those words & translate them into action; knowing that we will become wise, make right decisions, strengthen us to withstand evil temptations. May Your human life be the foundation of our life.

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I'm requesting prayers to Professor Marvin on his special day. May God grant him good health, happiness, and petitions. Lord, hear our prayer.

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For the successful thoracic surgery of my mentee's dad, Mr. C. Harris tomorrow. He was involved in a serious truck accident on Monday in the USA. God has mercy on him - he is conscious but suffering from fractures. Please pray for the healing and strength of his family. Jesus, I trust in you.

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Please pray for the healing power of our Lord Jesus Christ come upon our brother-in-Christ, Ruben, who had knee replacement surgery today. In Jesus' name we pray!

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Lord Jesus, Divine Mercy-Cassie Campbell & Family

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For my dying uncle, on his deathbed, a hardworking man all his life, a sweet man and gentle soul. May God receive him in His gracious Mercy. May Our Lady and St Joseph intercede for him in his last hour on earth.

No Image Daniel Cravens on December 6th, 2023 at 11:55

Bishop Nicolas, my confirmation saint, you were charitable to all even to go so far as to give them the cloak off your back. Help me to increase in charity and to love everyone as you did even when they are unkind.

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Lord God please help me to remain focused on preparing, watching and waiting or your coming during this season. Please be in the heart of all Christians that they refrain from falling into the trap of secularist Christmas but rather celebrate the peace o advent waiting in joyful preparation.

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