St. Leonard of Port Maurice
Saint Leonard of Port Maurice (1676-1761) was a most holy Franciscan friar who lived at the
monastery of Saint Bonaventure in Rome. He was one of the greatest missioners in
the history of the Church.
He used to preach to thousands in the open square of
every city and town where the churches could not hold his listeners. So
brilliant and holy was his eloquence that once when he gave a two weeks' mission
in Rome, the Pope and College of Cardinals came to hear him.
Conception of the Blessed Virgin, the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the
veneration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus were his crusades. He was in no small
way responsible for the definition of the Immaculate Conception made a little
more than a hundred years after his death. He also gave us the Divine Praises,
which are said at the end of Benediction.
Saint Leonard's most famous work
was his devotion to the Stations of the Cross. He died a most holy death in his
seventy-fifth year, after twenty-four years of uninterrupted preaching.
One of Saint Leonard of Port Maurice's most famous sermons was "The Little
Number Of Those Who Are Saved." It was the one he relied on for the conversion
of great sinners. This sermon, like his other writings, was submitted to
canonical examination during the process of canonization. In it he reviews the
various states of life of Christians and concludes with the little number of
those who are saved, in relation to the totality of men.
The reader who meditates on this remarkable text will grasp the soundness of
its argumentation, which has earned it the approbation of the Church. Here is
the great missionary's vibrant and moving sermon.
Taken from Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Library >> Writings of the Saints