St. Ambrose, born in AD 339, had no aspirations for the holy life. In fact, he didn't even learn any Scripture until he was thirty-five years old! Ambrose had a successful career as a lawyer, and was in fact the Governor of Milan when a riot broke out in his hometown. Since the Bishop of Milan had recently died, the task fell to Ambrose to keep the peace. In an attempt to quell the riot, Ambrose made an impassioned speech, begging both sides to use peaceful methods instead of violence. The Catholics and the Arians, who by this time were bitter enemies, were calmed by Ambrose's words of reason and logic. Suddenly someone shouted, "Ambrose for Bishop!" The chant was taken up by the crowd, and sure enough, Ambrose was made Bishop of Milan in 374.
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