THE LITTLE NUMBER OF THOSE WHO ARE SAVED

by
St. Leonard of Port Maurice

Saint Leonard of Port Maurice 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.  One of his most famous sermons is 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.  May this sermon encourage those struggling to retain their faith in the Church as it undergoes its current Passion. Continue…