St. Leo the Great

Today is the feast day of St. Leo the Great. St. Leo is believed to have been born in Rome. He was a deacon underneath Popes Celestine I and Sixtus III and was elected pope to succeed Sixtus III. He reigned as pope between 440 and 461.

He persuaded Emperor Valentinian to acknowledge the primacy of the Bishop of Rome in an edict in 445. He formulated the doctrine of the Incarnation in a letter to the Patriarch of Constantinople, who had already condemned Eutyches. (Eutyches was abbot of a monastery at Constantinople who was deposed Patriarch Flavian for denying the 2 natures of Christ.) At the Council of Chalcedon, this similar letter was confirmed because the expression of Catholic Faith in regards to the Person of Christ.

All secular historic treatises eulogize his efforts through the upheaval of the fifth-century barbarian invasion. His encounter with Attila the Hun, persuading him to show again on the very gates of Rome, stays a historic memorial to his nice eloquence. When the Vandals underneath Genseric occupied town of Rome, he persuaded the invaders to desist from pillaging town and harming its inhabitants. He died in 461, leaving many letters and writings of nice historic worth.


St. Leo superior the affect of the papacy to unprecedented heights along with his authoritative method to occasions, buttressed by his agency perception that the Holy See is the supreme authority in human affairs due to divine and scriptural mandate. In a time of nice dysfunction, he solid an brisk central authority that stood for stability and knowledge. His hold forth affected the idea of the papacy for hundreds of years to come back. He was declared a physician of the Church in 1754.

From Johnnette Benkovic’s Graceful Living: Meditations to Help You Grow Closer to God Day by Day

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The phrase made flesh lived amongst us, and in redeeming the entire race, Christ gave himself solely.

— From a homily of St. Leo the Great

How do I see this definition of affection as whole self-donation lived out in God the Father? In God the Son? In God the Holy Spirit? In the Blessed Virgin Mary? In myself?


Dear St. Leo, I pray for all to know that the workplace of the hold forth was first given to Saint Peter as recorded in sacred scripture (Mt 16:18), and that the facility of this workplace comes instantly from God. There are so many on this planet who don’t settle for or perceive this reality — even many Catholics. Please St. Leo, intercede for many who are in darkness in regards to the Church and the workplace of the papacy and ask our Lord to take away the scales from their eyes in order that they might perceive and be docile to this authority that God, Himself, has given. Amen.

Other Saints We Remember Today

  • St. Andrew Avellino (1608), Priest
  • Saints Tryphon and Respicius (third Century), and Saint Nympha, Virgin (4th Century), Martyrs

picture: Artaud de Montor (1772–1849), Public area, through Wikimedia Commons



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