Monday, August 28

When in Rome do as the Romans do

One of the first great men in history to recognize the social value of majority rule was St. Augustine.

When St. Augustine dispatched St. Ambrose from Milan to Rome, Ambrose was confused about the proper day on which to fast, for in Rome, it was then the custom to fast on Saturday.  

He asked St. Augustine which fast day to observe.  The learned Augustine remarked, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”  Because these words of St Augustine were both wise and practical, they have become one of the world’s noblest maxims.