Monday, December 07, 2020

Ambrose: the peace that is rich

Monday, December 7, 2020
    Feast of Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, Teacher, 397
    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
    —Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
    That peace is truly rich, which passeth all understanding. Peace is rich, modesty is rich, faith is rich, for to the faithful the whole world is a possession. Simplicity is rich, for there are also the riches of simplicity; for she scrutinizes nothing, has no mean, no suspicious, no deceitful thoughts, but pours herself forth with pure affection.
    Goodness too is rich, and if a man preserve it, he is fed by the riches of the heavenly inheritance.
    ... St. Ambrose of Milan (Aurelius Ambrosius) (339-397), letter to Simplician, A.D. 387, The Letters of S. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, Oxford, J. Parker, 1881, p. 251 (see the book)
    See also Phil. 4:6-7; Prov. 28:10; Matt. 6:19-21; Rom. 11:33; Col. 1:27; 2 Cor. 11:3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You send Your people eternal treasures.
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