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And today we celebrate...

Wednesday, May 15
Saint Isidore the Farmer

Patron Saint of Farmers and Day Laborers

ISIDORE THE FARMER
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Laborer (ca. 1080-1130)

His life

+ We know very little of the life of Saint Isidore, who spent most of his life serving as a peasant-farmer in the service of a wealthy landowner near Madrid, Spain.

+ A devout man, Isidore would visit local churches and shrines and was known for praying as he worked in the fields.

+ A famous legend about Saint Isidore relates that one day, when he should have been serving in the fields, he had stayed too long at morning Mass. When the landowner heard that Isidore was not working, he rushed to the fields to catch him only to discover angels guiding the plough and Isidore standing in prayer nearby.

+ Saint Isidore the Farmer died in 1130. He was canonized in 1622 in the same ceremony as Saints Ignatius Loyola, Teresa of Avila, Philip Neri, and Francis Xavier.

+ The relics of Saint Isidore are enshrined in the Church of St. Andrew in Madrid and he is honored as a patron saint of farmers and of the Catholic Rural Life Conference of the United States.

Spiritual bonus

The wife of Saint Isidore the Farmer, known as Maria de la Cabeza, is also honored as a saint. Her memory is celebrated on September 9 and her relics are enshrined alongside those of her husband.

For reflection

The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”—Luke 6:45

Prayer

Lord God,

all creation is yours, and you call us to serve you

by caring for the gifts that surround us.

May the example of Saint Isidore urge us

to share our food with the hungry

and to work for the salvation of mankind.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God for ever and ever. Amen.

(from The Liturgy of the Hours)

Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.

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