Posted by Luke J. Wilson on 14th April 2017 in Lent | Lent,great lent,Fasting,early church fathers,devotional,daily reading,Doctor of the Church,lectures,Leo the Great,St Leo,Pope Leo I,sermon,almsgiving
...Day Thirty-nine: St. Leo the Great: Sermon XLIX (On Lent XI)
Who: Leo the Great, also known as Pope St. Leo I (the Great), was Pope from 440-61 AD. Place and date of birth unknown; died 10 November, 461. Leo's pontificate, next to that of St. Gregory I, is the most significant and important in Christian antiquity, as he tried to combat the heresies which seriously threatened church unity even in the West, such as Pelagianism.
What: A sermon on the season of Lent as the Easter festival approached.
Why: To encourage the Church to fast during this season in order than they may put away temptations and overcome their vices, to be guided by God in all things.