Our Catholic calendar is vibrant with feast days. Some of these days have famous traditions; others are not as well-known. This month, let’s resolve to grow our love for the saints in unique and beautiful ways that will keep us focused on the joy of our faith as we celebrate the Easter season.
Here are 4 saints to celebrate in April … let’s mark our calendars now!
April 4: Research something holy and have a sweet treat with St. Isidore of Seville
St. Isidore of Seville (560-636 AD) is the patron saint of the internet, students, computer users, and programmers. Why? Well, the saint who is often called the “last scholar of the ancient world” wrote The Etymologiae, an encyclopedic work that gathered information and extracts from many classical works of antiquity that would have been lost were it not for his hard work.
That same industriousness for which St. Isidore was famous led to him having a beehive for his saintly symbol. Sometimes he’s depicted as the bishop holding a pen while surrounded by a swarm of bees. He was a true “worker bee” whose contributions benefited a whole “hive” of scholarship. Another fun fact: St. Isidore is credited with the invention of the comma, period, and colon. Archbishop of Seville for over 30 years, this Doctor of the Church was known as the most brilliant man of his time.
So in honor of this saint’s great intellect, why not spend an hour researching something about your faith this month, rather than scrolling for news or searching for bargains. You could choose a saint to learn more about, a devotion you’d like to look into, or an important event in the history of the Church (for example, the Council of Nicaea, the Battle of Lepanto, the wisdom of the Desert Fathers … etc.).
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