Sunday, November 08, 2009

St. Leo the Great, Pope, Doctor of the Church

The works of mercy are innumerable. Their very variety brings this advantage to those who are true Christians, that in the matter of almsgiving not only the rich and affluent but also those of average means and the poor are able to play their part. Those who are unequal in their capacity to give can be equal in the love within their hearts. St. Leo The Great

Today is the Feast of St. Leo The Great. I was baptized in St. Leo the Great Parish in 1952 by Monsignor Pat Molloy*.

St. Leo the Great Parish at 77th & Emerald was once the largest Catholic Parish in Chicago and eventually was divided into St. Sabina, St. Kilian, and Little Flower Parishes. Click my post title for Dr. Eileen McMahon's account of the action. Four Huge Catholic Parishes -That's a lot of Mackeral Snappers!

Today's Gospel from St. Luke for the Feast of St. Leo The Great is very telling about all of us - well me anyway.

Will any one of you, who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep, say to him when he has come in from the field, `Come at once and sit down at table'? Will he not rather say to him, `Prepare supper for me, and gird yourself and serve me, till I eat and drink; and afterward you shall eat and drink'? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that is commanded you, say, `We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.'"
Luke 17: 7 - 10

I was told by my Dad years ago, "You don't get "Atta Boys" for doing your job."

* Rose Keefe's -Guns & Roses: The Untold Story of Dean O'Banion

On November 14,1924 the hearse leaves Sbarbaro's Funeral chapel followed by cars carrying flowers en masse and made it's way to Mount Carmel Cemetary.

At the crowded cemetary, Father Patrick Malloy of St. Thomas of Canterbury church recites prayers for for the kind person he knew in O'Banion. Father Malloy stated that "One good turn deserves another" this in reference to O'Banion's helping needy and poor families on the Northside. After O'Banion is laid to rest, the Northsiders go on the hunt for everyone implicated in O'Banion's murder.

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