May 15, 2023, St. Isidore the Farmer, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

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Friends of the Rosary:

We honor today the holiness of St. Isidore the Farmer (1070-1130), a twelfth-century Spanish day laborer and farmer who, although working many hours a day, never failed to attend daily Mass and spend time praying before the Holy Eucharist.

He married a maid-servant, a good Catholic young woman as simple and upright as himself, who also became a saint, Maria de la Cabeza. They had one son who unexpectedly died as a child.

They were both known for their love of the poor and their willingness to help their neighbors.

St. Isidore the Farmer — San Isidro Labrador — died on May 15, 1130, and was declared a saint in 1622 alongside Ignatius of Loyola, Francis Xavier, Teresa of Avila, and Philip Neri. Together, the group is known in Spain as “the five saints.”

In 1947, St. Isidore the Farmer was proclaimed the patron of the National Rural Life Conference in the United States.

Ave Maria!
Jesus, I Trust In You!
St. Isidore the Farmer, Pray for Us!

+ Mikel A. |, New York