In the past week I learned about five different church fathers and the two I cover today are Augustine and Ambrose.
Augustine was a very young man when he converted, and he converted because of a boyish chant he heard of “take up and read”, and when he took up his bible and read the first verse he saw, he converted. The a little while later he was chosen as one of the candidates to be the bishop of Hippo and therefore took the priest Valerius’ place when he died. While in this position he was able to write a coule books – one, called Confessions, was about his early life, and he also wrote a book called City of God which contrasted the holy Heavenly city against an earthly one.
Ambrose is the other man. He held a very high position later in life after he followed his father into politics and converted. He actually converted vry young as he was born into a Christian family in 340 AD, and while he was young a swarm of bees landed on his face and left a drop of honey when they left. His father took this to mean that he would have a tongue/ speaking style as sweet and smooth as honey. Later on he followed his dad into politics and therefore gained a lot of populatrity, thus gaining him the ability to be named Pope of Milan, and then he wrote his books.
Both of these men were voluminous writers, founding fathers of the church, and very influential up to today. See you next essay!