My Lent 2019 Book List Plans

Is this the year you really want to dive into Lent? Do you want to come out of this Lenten Season and truly feel that you've had a small share of living in the desert with Christ for 40 days? I know that I do. Maybe it's an upcoming birthday that's making me have more of a now-or-never type of attitude towards Lent. Or maybe I just acutely feel the necessity of truly modeling this for my children, and living it with my husband. Whatever it is, these are the books and resources I'm going to use this Lent to really LIVE the season from Ash Wednesday all the way through to Easter Vigil. Look them over. If something looks helpful to you, use it. If it inspires you, go with it. I hope all of these bless and encourage you.

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Feast of St. Ambrose

St Ambrose writing
Father Lawrence Lew, via flickr, licensed cc





Poor St. Ambrose. His feast day is nestled between St. Nicholas Day and the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. 

Interestingly, his feast day is not the anniversary of his death, but the anniversary of his becoming Bishop of Milan!  Like St. Nicholas and St. Martin, he became the bishop in an unusual way!

Ambrose was born in   Trier, Belgic Gaul   (what is now modern-day Germany)  to Christian parents. It is said that when he was a baby, a swarm of bees landed on his face! When the bees left he was unharmed with only a small drop of honey on his cheek. 

He studied law, rhetoric, and literature in Rome as a young man and went on to have a successful political career. 

When the bishop of Milan died, the people were divided over who should be his replacement. Arianism was quite a popular belief at the time, but other Christians people wanted to find a bishop who was strong in the Christian Faith. Ambrose stood up and publically explained all of the things they should look for in a good bishop. He should be a defender of the faith, a spiritual guide for the people, and a leader. Someone in the crowd shouted, "Ambrose for bishop!"  The sentiment caught on, but Ambrose felt that he was not worthy. He wasn't even a catechumen! Ambrose studied quickly and diligently and within a short span of time he was baptized and ordained. Shortly thereafter he was anointed bishop on December 7.

From that unusual beginning, he went on to become one of the great doctors of the church. He used his newfound knowledge of theology with his advanced edcuation to write his homilies. His words touched the heart of a young man who became another great doctor of the church, Augustine of Hippo. Ambrose baptized Augustine in 387.

Perhaps because of his love and devotion to the blessed mother, as well as his intense study of her life as a consecrated virgin, it is no coincidence that their feast days are so close together. 


He is the patron saint of beekeepers, education, and Milan.

WAYS TO CELEBRATE!

Have honey in your tea, cake or biscuits today.
Listen to Te Deum







Read some of the Saint's writings.




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