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Tuesday, April 4, 2006
St. Isidore of Seville

Optional Memorial (1969 Calendar): April 4
Double (1955 Calendar): April 4

Today the Church celebrates the Optional Memorial of St. Isidore of Seville, and we remember his life. He lived from (c. 560 - 636) in Spain during a period similar to our own - one of conflict and the promotion of lies. Spain was divided between the Catholic Romans and the Arian Goths. The Goths believed in the heresy of Arianism (the first great heresy), which claims that Jesus Christ is not God. This is a blatant lie, and, unfortunately, has never died out.

St. Isidore helped unite Spain and defeat the heresy there. He came from a family in Cartagena, which included three other saints. St. Isidore followed his elder brother as bishop of Seville.

Above all, St. Isidore was a scholar. He was called the "The Schoolmaster of the Middle Ages" because the encyclopedia he wrote was used as a textbook for nine centuries! He required seminaries to be built in every diocese. St. Isidore wrote numerous book, one was a history of the world beginning at creation! He helped found numerous schools and even wrote a Rule for a religious order. For the last six months of his life, as he died, his house was filled with the poor and needy. St. Isidore cared for them regardless of his own condition. He has been declared a Doctor of the Church.

St. Isidore has even been proposed as the patron saint for the Internet. So, whenever you have a problem with your blog, remember to ask for his intercession.


O God, Who didst give blessed Isidore to Thy people as a minister of eternal salvation: grant, we beseech Thee, that we, who have had him for our teacher on earth, may deserve to have him for our advocate in heaven. Through our Lord.

Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal

Image Source: In the Public Domain (Wikipedia)


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