25 Dec 2012

Homily of Pope St Leo the Great (441 AD)

"This is the day our Saviour was born: what a joy for us, my beloved! This is no season for sadness, this, the birthday ...of Life - the Life which annihilates the fear of death, and engenders joy, promising, as it does, immortality.

Nobody is an outsider to this happiness. The same cause for joy is common to all, for as our Lord found nobody free from guilt when he came to bring an end to death and to sin, so he came with redemption for all. Let the saint rejoice, for he hastens to his crown; let the sinner be filled with joy, for pardon is offered him; let the Gentile be emboldened, for he is called to life.

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O Christian, remember your dignity!"


Read the full homily HERE or listen to a reading of it from the students of the Irish Dominican Province below.



 

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