“But in order that your devotion, dearly beloved, may in all things be pleasing to God, we exhort you also to show due zeal in informing your presbyters of Manichees where ever they be hidden.  For it is naught but piety to disclose the hiding-places of the wicked, and in them to overthrow the devil whom they serve.  For against them, dearly beloved, it becomes indeed the whole world and the whole Church everywhere to put on the armour of Faith:  but your devotion ought to be foremost in this work, who in your progenitors learnt the Gospel of the Cross of Christ from the very mouth of the most blessed Apostles Peter and Paul.  Men must not be allowed to lie hid who do not believe that the law given through Moses, in which God is shown to be the Creator of the Universe, ought to be received:  who speak against the Prophets and the Holy Ghost, dare in their damnable profanity to reject the Psalms of David which are sung through the universal Church with all reverence, deny the birth of the Lord Christ, according to the flesh, say that His Passion and Resurrection was fictitious, not true, and deprive the baptism of regeneration of all its power as a means of grace.  Nothing with them is holy, nothing entire, nothing true.  They are to be shunned, lest they harm any one:  they are to be given up, lest they should settle in any part of our city.  Yours, dearly beloved, will be the gain before the Lord’s judgment-seat of what we bid, of what we ask.  For it is but right that the triumph of this deed also should be joined to the oblation of our alms, the Lord Jesus Christ in all things aiding us, Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.  Amen.” ~ Pope St. Leo the Great, Sermon IX Upon the Collections IV

 

 

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