Saint Leo the Great Feast day November Printer Friendly. In , the Huns, led by Attila, marched toward Rome to destroy the city. Pope Leo went out to meet Attila and was able to stop him by agreeing to pay tribute to him every year.
Three years later, another tribe marched on Rome—the Vandals, led by Genseric. Again Leo went out to meet the enemy, but this time, Leo was only able to stop the tribe from burning the city. For two weeks, the Vandals pillaged and looted Rome while the people sought shelter in the churches. Leo helped rebuild the city after the invaders departed, and he then sent missionaries to Africa to minister to those who had been captured and taken there by the Vandals.
Thomas and Scholastic Philosophy inspired Catholic scientists, and through their influence non-Catholic scientists as well, to study both theology and science more ardently, systematically, and conservatively, and with such success in reconciling their apparent disagreements that the best scientists of our day recognize how each is but a study from a different aspect of the same great First Cause and its effects, and that each must necessarily, therefore, be in accord with the other.
The Sacred Writings of Leo the Great
Lord Kelvin 's words, "Science positively affirms Creative Power. A perusal of the Letters contained in this volume will satisfy the reader that in other spheres as well as in that of science, in education, sociology, and statesmanship, the late Pontiff, by adapting himself to his age and studying carefully its needs and possibilities, has so far influenced its thought and tendencies, and so plainly altered its current of events, as to have opened a new era in its history.
As ruler, he exercised a singular power over his cardinals and bishops, many of whom he was magnanimous enough to appoint when their views and policy did not coincide entirely with his own.
By counsel, direction, and command, he was ever aiding them to govern their dioceses, and to impart to the faithful proper guidance in every matter affecting faith and morals. As priest and Pontiff, he was solicitous for the unity, integrity, and splendor of Christian worship, instituting many reforms in the observance of the liturgy and in ecclesiastical music, but he was more solicitous still for the interior holiness of the faithful, as appears by his Letters on Human Liberty , The Right Ordering of Christian Life , Marriage , The Holy Spirit , Christ the Redeemer , and by his zeal in raising to the altars the approved models of Christian perfection in every walk of life.
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The great Pontiff was no pessimist. If he never lost sight of the evils afflicting humanity, neither did he ever fail to provide a remedy, nor on occasion to take comfort in what was good, and to praise most generously all who had labored to accomplish it; in this he was really the Vicar of Christ, from his tribulations learning patience, from patience trial, and from trial hope—the hope that confoundeth not, because it shared in the supreme confidence of Christ in humanity, who, as Leo loved to remind men, was willing "when we were yet weak, according to the time, to die even for the ungodly.
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Leo takes a number of Gospel scenes and shows that the one person, Jesus, was by nature both fully divine and completely human. What Eutyches thought he meant is not easy to tell. If these things sound unnecessarily abstruse, we might perhaps bear in mind an analogy: that we have not the first idea how our digital watches work, but we are glad that someone has the theory worked out.
Except that in talking about God no one has the circuit design. Indeed if it had not been for God choosing to reveal things about himself, we should be left knowing that he is but not at all what he is.
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So it was wise of Leo to return to the Gospels, where revelation brought by Jesus the Son of God is written. I cannot help thinking that those Christians later called Monophysites and those by contrast called Nestorians said to have made the two natures of Christ so distinct as to seem like two persons did not in practice believe falsehoods, since their faith truly referred to God and its mysterious content was tacitly reflected in sacred liturgy.