Saint Leo the Great (c.400-461)

for November 10

Saint Leo was a pope who lived in the early centuries of the Church. Elected in 440, he was a talented administrator who was equally gifted at spiritual leadership. He was the first pope to claim to be Peter’s heir and to have supreme authority over all the Church. He also strongly defended the teaching that Jesus was both fully human and fully divine against a heresy that taught that Jesus was only divine. He even courageously met with Attila the Hun and convinced him not to ransack the city of Rome. Leo understood the everyday needs of the people and was famous for his preaching. (Taken from "Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.")

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With all of the daily tasks and activities that we have on our plate, it can be difficult to accept the call to leadership when it presents itself. Ask the Lord to help you follow in the footsteps of Saint Leo and be a spiritual leader for others.


Dear God, on this day we pause to thank you for the women and men who have heard your call to leadership and responded. We stand on their shoulders. Help us to continue to make our nation great, as you would have us great: that is, a nation of peace, justice, charity, and community. (Taken from “Good News Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens.”)