Saint Ambrose was an archbishop of Milan who became one of the most influential ecclesiastical figures of the 4th century. He was one of the four original doctors of the Church. He is patron saint of Milan. He is also the patron of bee keepers, bees, candle makers, domestic animals, learning, students, wax refiners, and school children. He is notable for his influence on St. Augustine. St. Ambrose is called the sweet-tongued saint because it was said that when he was an infant many bees came to Ambrose, but none of them stung him. Instead they left honey on his lips.
When the previous bishop died there was a large uproar in the city; Ambrose was an outstanding governor so many wanted him to be the next bishop. Ambrose could have lived like a politician and priest, following in the footsteps of some bad examples in Church history. Instead, he completely embraced the life of the Church, sold all that he had and devoted himself to the study of theology and philosophy. He became the Arians’ worst nightmare: a passionate, eloquent bishop who was determined to stamp out heresy.
If you find yourself under attack for your faith, Saint Ambrose is a great intercessor to have in your corner. When you stand for truth, not only do you defend the faith, but you will also help others to abandon the world’s lies in favor of the freedom only found in Jesus Christ.