The Education of St. Ambrose

St. Ambrose of Milan (AD 340-397)

by Joseph Parkinson The life of St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan and Doctor of the Church, is known from his writings, and from the Life written by Paulinus, his secretary. St. Ambrose belonged to an old and noble Roman family, and among his ancestors were both Christian martyrs and distinguished … Read more

St. Francis of Assisi (October 4)

St. Francis, the son of a merchant of Assisi, was born in that city A.D. 1182. Chosen by God to be a living manifestation to the world of Christ’s poor and suffering life on earth, he was early inspired with a high esteem and burning love of poverty and humiliation. … Read more

February 12. St Benedict of Anian

St. Benedict of Anian was the son of Aigulf, Governor of Languedoc, and was born about 750. In his early youth he served as cupbearer to King Pepin and his son Charlemagne, enjoying under them great honors and possessions. Grace entered his soul at the age of twenty.  He resolved … Read more

February 10. St Scholastica, Abbess

Of St. Scholastica but little is known on earth, save that she was the sister of the great patriarch St. Benedict, and that, under his direction, she founded and governed a numerous community near Monte Casino. St. Gregory sums up her life by saying that she devoted herself to God … Read more

February 8. St. John of Matha

The life of St. John of Matha was one long course of self-sacrifice for the glory of God and the good of his neighbor. As a child, his chief delight was serving the poor; and he often told them he had come into the world for no other end but … Read more

February 7. St. Romuald, Abbot

In 976, Sergius, a nobleman of Ravenna, quarrelled with a relative about an estate, and slew him in a duel. His son Romuald, horrified at his father’s crime, entered the Benedictine monastery at Classe, to do a forty days’ penance for him. This penance ended in his own vocation to … Read more

February 6. St. Dorothy, Virgin & Martyr

St. Dorothy was a young virgin, celebrated at Cæsarea, where she lived , for her angelic virtue. Her parents seem to have been martyred before her in the Diocletian persecution, and when the Governor Sapricius came to Cæsarea he called her before him, and sent this child of martyrs to … Read more

February 5. St. Agatha

St. Agatha was born in Sicily, of rich and noble parents— a child of benediction from the first, for she was promised to her parents before her birth, and consecrated from her earliest infancy to God. In the midst of dangers and temptations she served Christ in purity of body … Read more

February 4. St. Jane, of Valois

Born of the blood royal of France, herself a queen, Jane of Valois led a life remarkable for its humiliations even in the annals of the Saints. Her father, Louis XL, who had hoped for a son to succeed him, banished Jane from his palace, and, it is said, even … Read more

February 3. St. Blase, Bishop & Martyr

St. Blase devoted the earlier years of his life to the study of philosophy, and afterwards became a physician. In the practice of his profession he saw so much of the miseries of life and the hollowness of worldly pleasures, that he resolved to spend the rest of his days … Read more