Prayers, Quips and Quotes: St. Isidore the Farmer, Feast Day May 15

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St. Isidore the Farmer
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The feast day of St. Isidore is celebrated on May 15.

He is the patron saint of farmers. St. Isidore was born to poor parents at Madrid, Spain in the 12th century. As a young boy he worked for a wealthy farmer in Madrid. He married Maria de la Cabeza who also became a saint. They had one son who died as a child.

Isidore was very religious. He attended daily Mass before going to work in the fields. This sometimes caused complaints that he spent too much time in church. He prayed as he worked in the fields. It is said that angels sometimes helped him with his work. On holidays he would visit the many churches in Madrid. He loved the poor, often giving those more poor than himself food to eat. He also cared for animals. His concern that they be treated well was well known. He was kind and generous.
St. Isidore is a role model for everyone. He practiced his faith always and showed kindness and generosity to those he met.
St. Isidore died on May 15, 1130 after living a simple but holy life. He was canonized in 1622.


Like a tree in spring the cross has burst into flower…
the cross on which the Lord of glory hung.

Quote by St. Bernard; Feast day August 20

May is the Month of Our Lady.



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