||“The more you devote yourself to study of the sacred utterances, the richer will be your understanding of them,
just as the more the soil is tilled, the richer the harvest.”
St. Isidore had three great loves: God, his family, and the soil. Born in Madrid, Spain in 1070. He worked for the same landowner his entire life. While he walked the fields, plowing, planting, and harvesting, he also prayed. Isidore understood that without soil, the human race cannot exist for very long. His insight explains why he always has such a reverent attitude toward his work as a farmer.
Isidore and his wife, Maria, were known for their love of the poor. Practicing the both corporal and spiritual works of mercy, they fed the hungry and comforted those in despair. Lore would tell that Maria always had a pot of stew on the stove to feed the hungry people Isidore would bring home every day. One day Isidore brought home many more people than usual. Maria was worried for there would not be enough stew to feed everyone. Isidore insisted she have faith; to Maria’s surprise, the pot never went empty.
Today, Isidore is honored in Spain as one of the country’s greatest saints, and he is also honored especially in the rural United States. Together Isidore and Maria, who was also honored as a saint (though not officially canonized), proved that poverty, hard work, and sorrow (their only son died as a little boy) cannot destroy human happiness if we accept them with faith and in union with Christ.
- Feast Day: May 15
- Known Canonized a Saint in 1622
- Patron Saint of Farmers