According to legend, when Ambrose was an infant, he was left outside one day, slumbering in his cradle in the warm sunlight. Suddenly, a swarm of bees discovered him. They landed on his face and crawled about, right into and out of his tiny open mouth. Then the swarm of bees flew away again—leaving him completely unharmed.
Those who witnessed this strange event believed it was a sign. Ambrose, they declared, was going to be a prestigiously eloquent man and rise to high places.
Whether or not the bees were indeed a prophecy, Ambrose w