Saint for the Day - April 11 - St. Leo the Great
Leo was born at Rome.
He embraced the sacred ministry, was made archdeacon
of the Roman Church by St. Celestine, and under him
and Sixtus III. had a large share in governing the
Church. On the death of Sixtus, Leo was chosen Pope,
and consecrated on St. Michael's day, 440, amid
great joy. It was a time of terrible trial. Vandals
and Huns were wasting the provinces of the empire,
and Nestorians, Pelagians, and other heretics
wrought more grievous havoc among souls.
Whilst Leo's zeal made head against these perils,
there arose the new heresy of Eutyches, who
confounded the two natures of Christ. At once the
vigilant pastor proclaimed the true doctrine of the
Incarnation in his famous "tome;" but fostered by
the Byzantine court, the heresy gained a strong hold
amongst the Eastern monks and bishops. After three
years of unceasing toil, Leo brought about its
solemn condemnation by the Council of Chalcedon, the
Fathers all signing his tome, and exclaiming, "Peter
hath spoken by Leo." Soon after, Attila with his
Huns broke into Italy, and marched through its
burning cities upon Rome. Leo went out boldly to
meet him, and prevailed on him to turn back.
Astonished to see the terrible Attila, the "Scourge
of God," fresh from the sack of Aquileia, Milan,
Pavia, with the rich prize of Rome within his grasp,
turn his great host back to the Danube at the
Saint's word, his chiefs asked him why he had acted
He answered that he saw two venerable personages,
supposed to be Sts. Peter and Paul, standing behind
Leo, and impressed by this vision he withdrew. If
the perils of the Church are as great now as in St.
Leo's day, St. Peter's solicitude is not less. Two
years later the city fell a prey to the Vandals; but
even then Leo saved it from destruction. He died A.
D. 461, having ruled the Church twenty years.
Saint for the Day - St. Leo the Great
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Leo loved to ascribe all the
fruits of his unsparing labors
to the glorious chief of the
apostles, who, he often
declared, lives and governs in
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