Thought for the Day – 15 May
There was nothing exceptional about St Isidore the Farmer’s life except his obvious holiness. He was a husband, a father and a common labourer who did all things exceptionally well because he did all for God. His life teaches that holiness is within the reach of everyone and that the life of the ordinary man should be the pathway to God. Many implications can be found in a simple laborer achieving sainthood: Physical labor has dignity; sainthood does not stem from status; contemplation does not depend on learning; the simple life is conducive to holiness and happiness. The truth which emerges is this: If you have your spiritual self in order, your earthly commitments will fall into order also. “[S]eek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness,” said the carpenter from Nazareth, “and all these things will be given you besides” (Matthew 6:33).
St Isidore the Farmer, Pray for us!