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1:but that which is contrary to His nature. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
2:No one heals himself by wounding another. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
3:Not that which is difficult to His power, but that which is contrary to His nature." ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
4:Nov 2 "Without the assistance of grace, immortality is more of a burden than a blessing." ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
5:He saw Christ, and instead of robbing others of their goods, he began to give away his own. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
6:We cannot fully know ourselves without first knowing the nature of all living things. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan, Hexameron VI,
7:Let us read it thus: even if you do turn your face away from us, Lord, its light is still imprinted upon us. We hold it in our hearts and our innermost feelings are transformed by its light. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
8:'Why do you turn your face away?' We think that God has turned his face away from us when we find ourselves suffering, so that shadows overwhelm our feelings and stop our eyes from seeing the brilliance of the truth. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
9:A man's face shines out more than the rest of his body and it is by the face that we perceive strangers and recognise our friends. How much more, then, is the face of God able to bring illumination to whoever he looks at! ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
10:It is the soul that has its door, it is the soul that has its gates. To that door Christ comes and knocks, he knocks at the door. Open to him, therefore: he wishes to come in, the Bridegroom wishes to find you keeping watch. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
11:Our soul has a door, but we have gates too, as the psalm says: 'Gates, raise your heads. Stand up, eternal doors, and let the king of glory enter.' If you choose to raise your gates, the King of glory will come to you, celebrating the triumph of his own Passion. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
12:We have heard where Christ shines in us: he is the eternal brilliant illumination of souls, whom the Father sent into the world so that his face should shine on us and permit us to contemplate eternal and heavenly truths - we who had been plunged in earthly darkness. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
13:It is important to keep watch so that when the Bridegroom comes, he is not shut out. If you are asleep and your heart is not keeping watch, he will go away without knocking; but if your heart is alert for his coming, he knocks and asks for the door to be opened to him. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
14:The light of the mysteries is of itself more effective where people do not know what to expect than where some instruction has been given beforehand. Open then your ears. Enjoy the fragrance of eternal life, breathed on you by means of the sacraments. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan, On the Mysteries,
15:Open your heart and run to meet the Sun of eternal light that illuminates all men. Indeed that true light shines on all; but if anyone closes his shutters against it then he will defraud himself of the eternal light. To close the doors of your mind is to exclude Christ. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,


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1:When in Rome, do as the Romans do. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
2:It is not enough just to wish well; ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
3:In some causes silence is dangerous. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
4:When in Rome, live in the Roman way. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
5:True repentance is to cease from sin. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
6:The Psalms are the voices of the church. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
7:No one heals himself by wounding another. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
8:When you are at Rome, live as Romans live. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
9:It is easier to look wise than to talk wisely. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
10:There is no time of life past learning something. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
11:The emperor is in the Church, not about the Church. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
12:A kindness received should be returned with a freer hand. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
13:Except a man fear the Lord, he is unable to renounce sin. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
14:As in paradise, God walks in the Holy Scriptures, seeking man. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
15:Dice have their laws, which the courts of justice cannot undo. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
16:It was not by dialectic that it pleased God to save His people. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
17:The devil tempts that he may ruin; God tests that he may crown. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
18:Love is like a shadow, one can only catch it by falling into it. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
19:We should pray to the angels, for they are given to us as guardians. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
20:If you do not give the tenth part to God, he will take the nine parts. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
21:Reverence: the spiritual attitude of a man to a god and a dog to a man. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
22:The rich man who gives to the poor does not bestow alms but pays a debt. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
23:Our own evil inclinations are far more dangerous than any external enemies. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
24:For how can we adopt those things which we do not find in the holy Scriptures? ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
25:When in Rome, live as the Romans do. When elsewhere, live as they live elsewhere. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
26:Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum (I think that I think, therefore I think that I am.) ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
27:There is nothing evil save that which perverts the mind and shackles the conscience. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
28:The devil's snare does not catch you, unless you are first caught by the devil's bait. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
29:But if these beings guard you, they do so because they have been summoned by your prayers. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
30:He who reads much and understands much, receives his fill. He who is full, refreshes others. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
31:If you are at Rome live in the Roman style; if you are elsewhere live as they live elsewhere. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
32:Accordingly, death is a harbor of peace for the just, but is believed a shipwreck for the wicked. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
33:If you have two shirts in your closet, one belongs to you and the other to the man with no shirt. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
34:Just as riches are an impediment to virtue in the wicked, so in the good they are an aid of virtue. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
35:Prayer is the wing wherewith the soul flies to heaven, and meditation the eye wherewith we see God. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
36:May each one of us glorify the Lord with the soul of Mary and rejoice in God with the spirit of Mary ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
37:To be content, to find true love, is what essentially drives us all, but if found, would it be recognized? ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
38:What is impossible to God? Not that which is difficult to His power, but that which is contrary to His nature. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
39:We do not innovate anything ... How is it that novelties are introduced which were never even thought of by our predecessors? ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
40:Your soul must hold fast to Him, you must follow after Him in your thoughts, you must tread His ways by faith, not in outward show. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
41:Law is twofold -- natural and written. The natural law is in the heart, the written law on tables. All men are under the natural law. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
42:Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God. No one is excepted, not [even] the infant. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
43:Prelate, n. A church officer having a superior degree of holiness and a fat preferment. One of Heaven's aristocracy. A gentleman of God. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
44:As the print of the seal on the wax is the express image of the seal itself, so Christ is the express image - the perfect representation of God. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
45:As a servant desireth the approval of his master, and a son the approval of his father, so should we desire the approval of God and our own conscience. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
46:If every time the blood is poured out it is poured out for the remission of sins, I ought to receive it always, that my sins may always be forgiven me. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
47:It is ingrained in all living creatures, first of all, to preserve their own safety, to guard against what is harmful, to strive for what is advantageous. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
48:When I go to Rome, I fast on Saturday, but in Milan I do not. Do you also follow the custom of whatever church you attend, if you do not want to give or receive scandal. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
49:Neither angel, nor archangel, nor yet even the Lord Himself (who alone can say "I am with you"), can, when we have sinned, release us, unless we bring repentance with us. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
50:The rich women, to avoid dividing the inheritance among many, kill their own fetus in the womb and with murderous juices extinguish in the genital chamber their children. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
51:The Lord was Baptized, not to be cleansed Himself, but to cleanse the waters, so that those waters, cleansed by the flesh of Christ which knew no sin, might have the power of Baptism. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
52:It is Peter himself that He says, 'You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church.' Where Peter is, there is the Church. And where the Church, no death is there, but life eternal. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
53:The prime objective of all Initiatory music in the Temples of Antiquity was to bring about physical purification and renewal, mental stimulation and alertness, spiritual exhilaration and Illumination. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
54:And let them remember that prayer should accompany the reading of Sacred Scripture, so that God and man may talk together; for "we speak to Him when we pray; we hear Him when we read the divine saying." ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
55:God drove Cain out of his presence and sent him into exile far away from his native land, so that he passed from a life of human kindness to one which was more akin to the rude existence of a wild beast. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
56:When I am at Rome I fast as the Romans do; when I am at Milan I do not fast. So likewise you, whatever church you come to, observe the custom of the place, if you would neither give offence to others, nor take offence from them. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
57:A good youth ought to have a fear of God, to be subject to his parents, to give honor to his elders, to preserve his purity; he ought not to despise humility, but should love forbearance and modesty. All these are an ornament to youthful years. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
58:The likeness of Your Church, O Lord, is that woman who went behind and touched the hem of Your garment, saying within herself: 'If I do but touch His garment I shall be whole' (Mt. 9:21). So the Church confesses her wounds, but desires to be healed. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
59:If it is "daily bread," why do you take it once a year? . . . Take daily what is to profit you daily. Live in such a way that you may deserve to receive it daily. He who does not deserve to receive it daily, does not deserve to receive it once a year. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
60:It is not the ambassador, it is not the messenger, but the Lord Himself that saveth His people. The Lord remaineth alone, for no man can be partner with God in forgiving sins; this office belongs solely to Christ, who taketh away the sins of the world. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
61:When we find ouselves in some grave danger we must not lose courage but firmly trust in God, for where there is the greatest danger, there is also the greatest help from Him who wants to be called our 'Help' in times of peace and in times of tribulation. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
62:It is a better thing to save souls for the Lord than to save treasures. He who sent forth his apostles without gold had not need of gold to form his Church. The Church possesses gold, not to hoard, but to scatter abroad and come to the aid of the unfortunate. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
63:Let your door stand open to receive Him, unlock your soul to Him, offer Him a welcome in your mind, and then you will see the riches of simplicity, the treasures of peace, the joy of grace. Throw wide the gate of your heart, stand before the sun of the everlasting light. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
64:The Church's foundation is unshakable and firm against the assaults of the raging sea. Waves lash at the Church but do not shatter it. Although the elements of this world constantly batter and crash against her, she offers the safest harbor of salvation for all in distress. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
65:The body should be bedecked naturally and without affectation, with simplicity, with neglect rather than nicety, not with costly and dazzling apparel, but with ordinary clothes, so that nothing be lacking to honesty and necessity, yet nothing be added to increase its beauty. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
66:The world has been created for everyone's use, but you few rich are trying to keep it up for yourselves. For not merely the possession of the earth, but the very sky, the air, and the sea are claimed for the use of the rich few... The earth belongs to all, not just to the rich. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
67:God is not accustomed to refusing a good gift to those who ask for one. Since he is good, and especially to those who are faithful to him, let us hold fast to him with all our soul, our heart, our strength, and so enjoy his light and see his glory and possess the grace of supernatural joy. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
68:Let us take refuge from this world. You can do this in spirit, even if you are kept here in the body. You can at the same time be here and present to the Lord. Your soul must hold fast to him, you must follow after him in your thoughts, you must tread his ways by faith, not in outward show. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
69:How far, O rich, do you extend your senseless avarice? Do you intend to be the sole inhabitants of the earth? Why do you drive out the fellow sharers of nature, and claim it all for yourselves? The earth was made for all, rich and poor, in common. Why do you rich claim it as your exclusive right? ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
70:Redemption, n. Deliverance of sinners from the penalty of their sin through their murder of the deity against whom they sinned. The doctrine of Redemption is the fundamental mystery of our holy religions, and whoso believeth in it shall not perish, but have everlasting life in which to try to understand it. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
71:When we speak about wisdom, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about virtue, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about justice, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about peace, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about truth and life and redemption, we are speaking about Christ. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
72:Nature has poured forth all things for the common use of all men. And God has ordained that all things should be produced that there might be food in common for all, and that the earth should be in the common possession of all. Nature created common rights, but usurpation has transformed them into private rights. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
73:Remember, then, that you received a spiritual seal, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the spirit of holy fear. Keep safe what you received. God the Father sealed you, Christ the Lord strengthened you and sent the Spirit into your hearts as the pledge of what is to come. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
74:On consideration.. .of the reason wherefore men have so far gone astray, or that many - alas! - should follow diverse ways of belief concerning the Son of God, the marvel seems to be, not at all that human knowledge has been baffled in dealing with superhuman things, but that it has not submitted to the authority of the Scriptures ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
75:... the Apostle Paul says that we are sealed in the Spirit (cf. Eph. 1:13); since we have in the Son the image of the Father, and in the Spirit the seal of the Son. Let us, then, sealed by this Trinity, take more diligent heed, lest either levity of character or the deceit of any unfaithfulness unseal the pledge which we have received in our hearts. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
76:The wise man does nothing but what can be done openly and without falseness, nor does he do anything whereby he may involve himself in any wrong-doing, even where he may escape notice. For he is guilty in his own eyes before being so in the eyes of others; and the publicity of his crime does not bring him more shame than his own consciousness of it. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
77:... these three witnesses are one, as John said: 'The water, the blood, and the Spirit' (I Jn. 5:8). One in the mystery, not in nature. The water, then, is a witness of burial, the blood is a witness of death, the Spirit is a witness of life. If, then, there be any grace in the water, it is not from the nature of water, but from the presence of the Holy Spirit. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
78:We must follow the ways of the Lord, and take heed to our own ways, lest they lead us into sin. One can take heed if one is not hasty in speaking. The law says: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord your God' (Dt. 6:4). It said not: 'Speak,' but 'Hear.' Eve fell because she said to the man what she had not heard from the Lord her God. The first word from God says to you: Hear! ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
79:The Church was redeemed at the price of Christ's blood. Jew or Greek, it makes no difference; but if he has believed, he must circumcise himself from his sins [in baptism (Col. 2:11-12)] so that he can be saved . . . for no one ascends into the kingdom of heaven except through the sacrament of baptism . . . "Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God" ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
80:Stephen prayed for his persecutors, who had not been able even to listen to the Name of Christ, when he said of those very men by whom he was being stoned: "Lord, lay not this sin to their charge" And we see the result of this prayer in the case of the Apostle, for Paul, who kept the garments of those who were stoning Stephen, not long after became an apostle by the grace of God, having before been a persecutor. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
81:The Lord Jesus himself proclaims, 'This is My Body.' Before the blessing of the heavenly words something of another character is spoken of; after consecration it is designated 'body'. He himself speaks of his blood. Before the consecration it is spoken of as something else; after the consecration it is spoken of as 'blood'. And you say, 'Amen', that is, 'It is true.' What the mouth speaks, let the mind within confess; what the tongue utters, let the heart feel. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
82:We ask for what reason our Lord was unwilling to state the time of His coming (cf. Mk. 13:31-32). If we ask it, we shall not find it is owing to ignorance, but to wisdom. For it was not to our advantage to know; in order that we being ignorant of the actual moments of judgment to come, might ever be as it were on guard, and set on the watch-tower of virtue, and so avoid the habits of sin; lest the day of the Lord should come upon us in the midst of our wickedness. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
83:Do not desert a friend in time of need, nor forsake him nor fail him, for friendship is the support of life. Let us then bear our burdens as the Apostle has taught (cf. Gal. 6:2): for he spoke to those whom the charity of the same one body had embraced together. If friends in prosperity help friends, why do they not also in times of adversity offer their support? Let us aid by giving counsel, let us offer our best endeavors, let us sympathize with them with all our heart. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
84:If you offer fasting with humility and with mercy, your bones, as Isaiah said, shall be fat, and you shall be like a well-watered garden (cf. Isa. 58:11). So, then, your soul shall grow fat and its virtues also by the spiritual richness of fasting, and your fruits shall be multiplied by the fertility of your mind, so that there may be in you the inebriation of soberness, like that cup of which the Prophet says: 'Your cup which inebriates, how excellent it is' (Ps. 23:5 LXX)! ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
85:... the Apostle Peter declared that the Church was built by the Holy Spirit. For you read that he said: 'God, Who knows the hearts of men, bore witness, giving them the Holy Spirit, even as was given to us; and He made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith' (Acts 15:8-9). In which is to be considered, that as Christ is the Cornerstone, Who joined together both peoples into one, so, too, the Holy Spirit made no distinction between the hearts of each people, but united them. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
86:Blessed, plainly, is that life which is not valued at the estimation of outsiders, but is known, as judge of itself, by its own inner feelings. It needs no popular opinions as its reward in any way; nor has it any fear of punishments. Thus the less it strives for glory, the more it rises above it. For to those who seek for glory, that reward in the shape of present things is but a shadow of future ones, and is a hindrance to eternal life, as it is written in the Scriptures: 'Truly I say to you, they have received their reward' ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
87:What will you do if your product still further increases next year? You should then destroy again the warehouses which you are now preparing to build, and build bigger. For the reason why God has given you fruitful harvests is that He might either overcome your avarice or condemn it; wherefore you can have no excuse. But you keep for yourself what He wished to be produced through you for the benefit of many - nay, rather, you rob even yourself of it, since you would better preserve it for yourself if you distributed it to others. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
88:If someone offends you, don't tell anyone about it except your elder, and you will be peaceful. Bow to everyone, paying no attention whether they respond to your bow or not. You must humble yourself before everyone and consider yourself the worst of all. If we have not committed the sins that others have, perhaps this is because we did not have the opportunity - the situation and circumstances were different. In each person there is something good and something bad; we usually see only the vices in people and we see nothing that is good. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
89:...Now since you are celebrating the holy Pascha, you should know, brethren, what the Pascha is. Pascha means the crossing-over, and so the Festival is called by this name. For it was on this day that the Children of Israel crossed over out of Egypt, and the Son of God crossed over from this world to His Father. What gain is it to celebrate unless you imitate Him Whom you worship; that is, unless you cross over from Egypt, that is, from the darkness of evildoing to the light of virtue, from the love of this world to the love of your heavenly home? ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,
90:... the Lord Jesus said, 'To those who are in bonds, Come out, and to those who are in prison, Go forth' (Isa. 49:9); so your sins are forgiven. All, then, are forgiven, nor is there any one whom He has not loosed. For thus it is written, that He has forgiven 'all transgressions, doing away with the handwriting of the ordinance that was against us' (Col. 2:13-14). Why, then, do we hold the bonds of others, while we enjoy our own remission? He, who forgave all, required of all that what every one remembers to have been forgiven to himself, he also should forgive others. ~ Saint Ambrose of Milan,



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