15 May 2009

Feast of St. Isidore the Farmer

Today is the Feast of St. Isidore the Farmer, the patron of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference. As I posted earlier on the homily of Pope Benedict in Nazareth and the importance of imitation of the Holy Family, here is a couple that followed that example and became saints themselves.
Isidore and Maria led virtuous lives: commitment to family, love for the land, service to the poor and a deep spirituality. This simple couple worked their entire lives for a wealthy landowner in medieval Spain. St. Isidore was known for his piety, special love of the downtrodden and a respectful care for animals.

Piety calls for faithfulness to relationships among family, kin, community and society. Piety moves a person to venerate God with generosity and affection, humbly to others and to all of Creation.

Dear God, thank you for rural lives. Bless those who are formed by the rhythms of nature and church. Help us to rejoice in You and each other. Isidore and Maria, pray for us. Amen.

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