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Ambrose of Milan (339-397 A.D.) was a Roman prefect in charge of his city. He led his troops into the cathedral to stop a riot when there was fighting over who would be the next bishop. As you can imagine, those gathered became very silent when he entered, not knowing what would happen. In the silence, a child cried out, “Ambrose for bishop!”
He was quickly baptized, ordained, and consecrated. And over the next years, he provided exemplary leadership to the office!
Sometimes being pushed into situations for which we have no preparation helps us keep the important in focus. We know we need the Lord because we cannot rely on our own knowledge and strength.
So, like us, Ambrose had to depend on the Lord. His recorded prayer says it very eloquently.
STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY
“Lord, teach us to seek you, and reveal yourself to us when we seek you. For we cannot seek you unless you first teach us, nor find you except you reveal yourself to us. Let us seek you in longing, and long for you in seeking; let us find you in love, and love you in finding, O Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
(Ambrose of Milan from 2000 Years of Prayer, Morehouse Publishing, 1999, p. 28.)