St. Leo the Great was the bishop of Rome during difficult times. He was an eminent scholar of Scripture and rhetoric.
During an invasion by Attila the Hun, St. Leo met him outside the gates of Rome. After some short words, to everyone’s surprise, Attila turned and left.
Three years later, during an invasion by Genseric the Vandal, St. Leo’s intercession again saved the Eternal City from destruction.
Now that’s great preaching.