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Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.--Psalm 24:(see 6)
Mass readings: Titus 1:1-9 / Luke 17:1-6
It could be said that Pope Leo the Great (d. 461) stared down Attila the Hun! This Doctor of the Church who's known for his wise writings also had the nerve to meet face-to-face with one of history's most violent characters. Not only did he confer with Attila in person, he persuaded him not to attack Rome in 452.
Years before that amazing achievement, Leo brokered peace between two warring generals whose violent relationship exposed Gaul to barbarian attacks. And yet, even in the midst of these worldly, political concerns, he found time to tend to the needy and to write influential and lasting theological treatises. Strong in his convictions about papal authority and the need for stability in the Church, he remains a towering figure whose legacy lives on.
Prayer: Wise and strong St. Leo, help us to imitate your courageous example.
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