gallery Saint Leo the Great

Morning prayer: Jesus Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God: come, let us adore Him!

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia!

Jesus said, “Everyone who listen to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.” Matthew 7:24

Saint Leo the Great prayed, lived, and taught the wisdom of God’s Word made flesh. On that rock he sought to build up the faith of the Church, God’s house, which he served as Pope.

Leo was elected pope in 440 amid widespread heresies and political strife. In 451, he convened the Council of Chalcedon that taught the union of two natures, human and divine, in the one person of Jesus Christ. During the council, Leo’s letter, or “tome”, to the bishop of Constantinople was read aloud. Concerning Christ’s Incarnation, Leo wrote, “Invisible in his own nature, he became visible in ours. Beyond our grasp, he chose to come within our grasp. Existing before time began, he began to exist at a moment in time. Lord of the universe, he his infinite glory and took the nature of a servant.” Upon hearing Leo’s tome the Council fathers exclaimed, “Peter has spoken through the mouth of Leo.”

(Source: Magnificat: November 2015 | Vol. 17, No. 9)