May 15, 2024, Feast of St. Isidore, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

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Friends of the Rosary,

Today, the Catholic Church celebrates the memorial of St. Isidore the Farmer (1070-1130), a Spanish laborer who worked most of his life as a plowman for a wealthy landowner in Madrid, Spain.

Although he worked many hours a day, he never failed to attend daily Mass and spend time praying before the Holy Eucharist.

Isidore had deep religious instincts. He rose early in the morning to go to church and spent many holidays devoutly visiting the churches of Madrid and surrounding areas.

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

They were always willing to help their neighbors and worked with the poor in the city slums. He was known for his love of the poor, and there are accounts of Isidore miraculously supplying them with food.

He died May 15, 1130, and was declared a saint in 1622 along with Ignatius of Loyola, Francis Xavier, Teresa of Avila, and Philip Neri. Together, they are known in Spain as “the five saints.”

In 1947, he was proclaimed the Patron of the Catholic Rural Life Conference in the United States.

Come, Holy Spirit, come!

Ave Maria!
Jesus, I Trust In You!

To Jesus through Mary!

+ Mikel Amigot |, New York