ST. ISIDORE THE FARMER
Isidore was born to very poor yet very pious Catholic parents in
His parents were unable to support him when he was a youth and sent him to work
for a wealthy landowner, John de Vergas (He ended up working for him for the
rest of his life). Madrid, Spain
He married a very religious woman named Maria Torribia (also known as Maria de la Cabeza). She, like Isidore became a saint. They had one son who died unexpectedly as a child. Their grief inclined them to believe their son's death to be a sign from God and consequently vowed to live a life of perfect continence.
Isidore frequented Holy Mass every morning but often reported to work late. Late, though he was, his plowing was nevertheless accomplished by angels that resulted in three times more productivity. His coworkers and his boss witnessed such miraculous events and accorded Isidore with great respect.
St. Isidore loved the poor and loved the animals. The miracle of the multiplication of food occurred when Isidore fed a flock of starving birds and on another time when Isidore shared his food with a large group of beggars.
Isidore died on
15, 1120 at 60 years of age and was canonized in 1622 along with
four very notable Spanish saints. The group, known as "the five saints",
included St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Francis Xavier, St.
Phillip Neri, and St. Isidore. His body has been found incorrupt. His memorial
is celebrated on May 15th on the Roman Calendar.
St. Isidore is known as the patron of
as well as Madrid,
Saragosa, and Seville. He is also
considered the patron of farmers, peasants, day laborers, and rural
communities. Lastly, he is the patron of the United States National Rural Life
St. Isidore pray for us and for the farming community at this time.