This week’s quote is from Saint Ambrose

downloadSaint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, was instrumental in Saint Augustine’s conversion to Christianity. ¬†Ambrose was also a close friend and spiritual advisor to Augustine’s mother, Saint Monica. ¬†During her time in Milan, Monica was puzzled about some of the differences in Christian practice in Italy compared to her home in North Africa. ¬†North African Christians fasted on Saturdays; Italian Christians did not. ¬†North African Christians had picnics at the graves of departed loved ones; the Italians frowned on this practice. ¬†Monica asked Ambrose which traditions should be followed. ¬†His response: “If you are at Rome, live in the Roman style. ¬†If you are elsewhere, live as they live there.” ¬†This is the origin of the common saying “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”

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