Saturday, May 15, 2010

St. Isidore the Farmer

Today is the Saint Day of one of my husband's favorite Saints, St. Isidore the Farmer. St. Isidore got in trouble for going to work a half an hour late each day after he attended Daily Mass. The saints employer was about to complain when he realized that there were angels doing St. Isidore's farm work for him! Because he went to Mass, St. Isidore was able to work twice as much as any of the other field hands!

Whenever Jon is overwhelmed by the shear multitude of tasks at his job, he prays for help from St. Isidore the Farmer. This Saint has been helping my husband make it reliably home each night at 6 PM for almost 5 years. Pray to him! He is great!


More info from "Saint of the Day" on Google
"This saint was born in 1070, in Madrid, Spain. His parents were deeply religious. They named their son after the great St. Isidore, archbishop of Seville, Spain. We celebrate his feast on April 4. Isidore's parents wanted to offer their son a first-rate education, but they could not afford it. They were tenant farmers. Their son would spend his life in the same occupation.

Isidore went to work for a rich land owner in Madrid. The man's name was John de Vargas. Isidore worked all his life for Mr. de Vargas. He married a good girl from a family as poor as his own. The couple loved each other very much. They had one child, a boy, who died as a baby. Isidore and his wife offered to Jesus their sadness over the child's death. They trusted their son was happy with God forever.

St. Isidore began each day at Mass. Then he would go to his job. He tried to work hard even if he didn't feel like it. He plowed and planted and prayed. He called on Mary, the saints and his guardian angel. They helped him turn ordinary days into special, joyful times. The world of faith became very real to St. Isidore, as real as Mr. de Vargas' fields. When he had a day off, Isidore made it a point to spend extra time adoring Jesus in church. Sometimes, on holidays, Isidore and his wife would visit a few neighboring parishes on a one day pilgrimage of prayer.

Once the parish had a dinner. Isidore arrived early and went into the church to pray. He arrived in the parish hall late. He didn't come in alone. He brought a group of beggars, too. The parishioners were upset. What if there wasn't enough food for all those beggars? But the more they filled up their plates, the more there was for everybody else. St. Isidore said kindly, "There is always enough for the poor of Jesus."

Stories of miracles began to circulate about this farm worker saint. Isidore was totally unselfish. He was a loving and compassionate human being. He is one of Spain's most popular saints. Isidore died on May 15, 1130. In March, 1622, Pope Gregory XV proclaimed five great saints together. They were St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Francis Xavier, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Philip Neri and St. Isidore the Farmer.

Caring for the gifts that surround him marked the life of this saint. He let his faith in Jesus and the Church light up his whole life. Perhaps we can make an effort to share the gifts we have especially with the poor."

2 comments:

Anne Marie said...

Abigail your blog is such a treat.

Just this week we invoked St. Isidore’s help getting a heifer out of a predicament we couldn’t solve on our own. He came through of course, but as I was asking his prayers out loud our son asked me about St. Isidore and I had to admit that other than being the patron of farmers I didn’t really know anything about him.

Now I will print out your post and we will learn about St. Isidore together.

Thank you.

Abigail said...

Great! St. Isidore is one of the most famous Saints from Spain, and you know Spain has had some great Saints!

St. Isidore and his wife are also one of the very few married saints where both husband and wife were cannonized together. The only other couple I know of were the Little Flower's parents, Zelie and Louis Martin. It's so great to have role-models where both spouses reached sainthood through the sacrament of marriage.