St. Augustine and his Pastor, St. Ambrose

Info and photos of the Basilica of St. Ambrose in Milan can be seen here. You will even find a nice shot of the saint reclining comfortably in his crypt. And one of a statue of four doctors of the church, Athanasius, Chrysostom, Ambrose, and Augustine, at the chair of St. Peter. Here are more photos from Bishop Baron. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a picture of the list of bishops, Ambrose included, mentioned by Father Linsky.

day by dayBut, now to Ambrose’s pupil, Augustine. Here is a shot of the little book Hank Chardos mentioned, available here, leather bound, for $9.95. This one is on my desk and will be consulted more routinely in the future. It was a gift from Karen.

And below is a great read, not just a list of sins but an autobiography. It was part of my reading at the Lutheran Seminary fifteen or so years ago. Less than a dollar if you have a Kindle and the best way to learn about Augustine (translated) straight from the Saint’s pen. You can order it HERE.Confessions

For a quicker read of the details of Augustine’s life and work, check out the Wikipedia article. As usual, there is an impressive list of references.

And here is the trivia question of the day: How many persons, including Ambrose and Augustine, have received the papal designation “Doctor of the Church?”  Answer HERE.

Bonus Question: How many “Doctors of the Church” are women? You will find the answer and their names in the third paragraph HERE.


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