Monday, November 10, 2008
St. Leo the Great
Leo was born in Tuscany and became Pope in 440. He kept Attila the Hun from sacking Rome, but three years later his peacemaking only kept the city from being burned. Leo is called Leo the Great for more than that - he influenced the Council of Chalcedon in 451 by his writings on the Incarnation. He also reminded us that "the reception of Christ's Body and Blood transform us into that which we consume." He was made a Doctor of the Church in 1754. Leo also said, "Unless Jesus were truly God, he could bring us no help; and if he were not truly human, he could offer us no example."
In Luke's Gospel today Jesus tells us to forgive even if someone wrongs us seven time in one day! If that one, he says, "Returns to you seven times saying 'I am sorry,' you should forgive him."
When the Apostles ask Jesus to increase their faith, he replies: "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea' and it would obey you."
My prayer today is "Lord, increase our faith; teach us to forgive, to love one another as You have loved us."