Saints and Saintly Dominicans – 22 March

Blessed Ambrose Sansedoni of Siena holy cardBlessed Ambrose of Siena, Confessor, O.P.

After having finished his novitiate, Blessed Ambrose was sent to study in Paris, where he had Blessed Albert the Great for his master and Saint Thomas for his fellow disciple. The Pope recalled him to Rome to revive the study of theology, which had become much neglected. He applied himself especially to the apostolic ministry and overthrew the sect of the Bohemians who were attacking the Church, the sacraments and the cultus of the saints; he helped towards the free election of a new Pope, preached the Crusade against the Turks, and strove to reconcile many cities and, above all, his dear native town, Siena, to the Holy See. He loved peace so much that, before saying Mass, he used to go and ask pardon of those whom he thought to be irritated against him; he called vengeance idolatry, because it usurps the right of punishing sin, which belongs to God alone. “Vengeance is mine and I will repay.” (Romans 12:19) Ambrose founded several pious confraternities for widows, virgins and servants. During his preaching a dove was often seen hovering over him. Whilst preaching a sermon against usury at Siena, he broke a blood vessel in his chest and died soon after, happy in giving his life for the defense of the poor. (1286)

Prayer

“The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?”

Practice

Recall to your mind the many dangers of soul and body from which God has delivered you and give thanks to Him.