The title Mater Ecclesiae was used by Saint Ambrose of Milan
as early as the fourth century, and used by many bishops and saints through the centuries.
Let me illustrate from Brown's presentation of Ambrose of Milan
, which fails to do justice to the evidence.
The Minnesota-based Catholic Coalition for Church Reform drafted a position paper in November 2012 titled "People's Participation in Selection of Bishops." The paper explains how the laity were involved in electing bishops during the time of the early church: "Bishops John Chrysostom, Ambrose of Milan
and Augustine of Hippo, the great bishops of the Patristic era, were selected with the people's involvement." During the Middle Ages, however, noble families and civil rulers began to control bishop selection, and it wasn't until "the Code of Canon Law of 1917 ...
This exploration of the Early Fathers' thought on work concentrates on Basil of Caesarea, John Chrysostom, Ambrose of Milan
, and Augustine as major figures that laid the foundations of an idea of work that is at the same time theological and ethical-political.
Bishop Ambrose of Milan
constructed a church in honor of the apostles and imported relics, "reflecting his desire to establish Milan as a new Rome" (p.
(2012): "Tension and affinity between discourse forms and faith profession in Paradise by Ambrose of Milan
" en Tchibozo, G., (ed.), Actes du Congres International de Recherche en Sciences Humaines et Sociales, pp.
Concerning help offered to the poor, Ambrose of Milan
said, "When giving to the poor man, you are not giving him what is yours; rather you are paying back to him what is his." (4) Augustine of Hippo said, "The superfluous things of the wealthy are the necessities of the poor.
A., on the other hand, convincingly shows that Augustine's early understanding of the Trinity was much more indebted to his pro-Nicene predecessors, such as Hilary of Poitiers, Victorinus, and Ambrose of Milan
than has been previously generally acknowledged, and that Augustine's reading of these and other pro-Nicene authors nourished his growing understanding of the trinitarian mystery.
In recent years, the writings of Ambrose of Milan
have enjoyed a revival of interest in historical and theological circles.
I feel a little bit like Casey as I write this introduction to "Preaching Helps." I have waited for years for a bishop to agree to write "Preaching Helps." Probably because I spend too much time with Ambrose of Milan
, but I like to think of a bishop as a preacher and an expositor of Scripture, what I Timothy calls "an apt teacher." Alas, our bishops are busy administering, explaining what the church is and isn't doing, and putting out fires.
Ambrose of Milan
and Augustine's mother Monnica--the African spelling of her name--who had embraced the Old Testament as part of their canonical scripture.
Concerning the first task, working groups were given an excerpt from Ambrose of Milan
(fourth century CE), Gregory the Theologian (fourth century CE) or Isaac of Ninevah (seventh century CE).