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Saint of the Day – 4 April – St Isidore of Seville (c 560-636) Father & Doctor of the Church

Saint of the Day – 4 April – St Isidore of Seville (c 560-636) Father & Doctor of the Church, Creator of the first encyclopedia – often called “The Last Scholar of the Ancient World” and “The Schoolmaster of the Middle Ages.”   His most well known patronage is of computers and the internet (though not officially so_ – his full story with Patronages is here: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/saint-of-the-day-4-april-st-isidore-of-seville-father-and-doctor-of-the-church/ but today we will follow his life with Pope Benedict XVI during his Catechetical audiences on the Doctors of the Church.   This was given at St Peter’s on Wednesday, 18 June 2008.saint-isidore-of-sevilla-miguel-zitow wow header

He was a younger brother of St Leander (c 534-c 600) memorial 13 March, Archbishop of Seville and a great friend of St Pope Gregory the Great.   Pointing this out is important, because it enables us, to bear in mind, a cultural and spiritual approach, that is indispensable for understanding Isidore’s personality.   Indeed, he owed much to Leander, an exacting, studious and austere person who created around his younger brother a family context, marked by the ascetic requirements proper to a monk and from the work pace demanded, by a serious dedication to study.   Furthermore, Leander was concerned to have the wherewithal to confront the political and social situation of that time – in those decades in fact, the Visigoths, barbarians and Arians, had invaded the Iberian Peninsula and taken possession of territories that belonged to the Roman Empire.   It was essential to regain them for the Roman world and for Catholicism. Leander and Isidore’s home was furnished with a library richly endowed with classical, pagan and Christian works.   Isidore, who felt simultaneously attracted to both, was, therefore, taught under the responsibility of his elder brother, to develop a very strong discipline, in devoting himself to study with discretion and discernment.st Isidor_von_Sevilla murillo

Thus, a calm and open atmosphere prevailed in the episcopal residence in Seville.   We can deduce this from Isidore’s cultural and spiritual interests, as they emerge from his works themselves, which include an encyclopaedic knowledge of pagan classical culture and a thorough knowledge of Christian culture.   This explains the eclecticism characteristic of Isidore’s literary opus, who glided with the greatest of ease from Martial to Augustine, or from Cicero to Gregory the Great.   The inner strife that the young Isidore had to contend with, having succeeded his brother Leander on the episcopal throne of Seville in 599, was by no means unimportant.   The impression of excessive voluntarism that strikes one, on reading the works of this great author, considered to be the last of the Christian Fathers of antiquity, may, perhaps, actually be due to this constant struggle with himself.   A few years after his death in 636, the Council of Toledo in 653 described him as “an illustrious teacher of our time and the glory of the Catholic Church.”Saint-Isidore---stained-glass.md

Isidore was, without a doubt, a man of accentuated dialectic antitheses.   Moreover, he experienced a permanent inner conflict in his personal life, similar to that which Gregory the Great and St Augustine had experienced earlier, between a desire for solitud, to dedicate himself solely to meditation on the word of God and, the demands of charity to his brethren, for whose salvation, as Bishop, he felt responsible.   He wrote, for example, with regard to Church leaders:  “The man responsible for a Church (vir ecclesiasticus) must on the one hand allow himself to be crucified to the world, with the mortification of his flesh and, on the other, accept the decision of the ecclesiastical order – when it comes from God’s will – to devote himself humbly to government, even if he does not wish to”   (Sententiarum liber III, 33, 1: PL 83, col 705 B).   Just a paragraph later he adds:  “Men of God, (sancti viri), do not in fact desire to dedicate themselves to things of the world and groan when by some mysterious design of God they are charged with certain responsibilities….   They do their utmost to avoid them bu,t accept what they would like to shun and do what they would have preferred to avoid.    Indeed, they enter into the secrecy of the heart and seek there to understand what God’s mysterious will is asking of them.   And when they realise that they must submit to God’s plans, they bend their hearts to the yoke of the divine decision”   (Sententiarum liber III, 33, 3: PL 83, coll. 705-706).st isidore old image

To understand Isidore better, it is first of all, necessary, to recall the complexity of the political situations in his time to which I have already referred – during the years of his boyhood he was obliged to experience the bitterness of exile.   He was, nevertheless, pervaded with apostolic enthusiasm.   He experienced the rapture of contributing to the formation of a people, that was at last, rediscovering its unity, both political and religious, with the providential conversion of Hermenegild, the heir to the Visigoth throne, from Arianism to the Catholic faith.   Yet we must not underestimate the enormous difficulty of coming to grips with such very serious problems as were the relations with heretics and with the Jews.   There was a whole series of problems which appear very concrete to us today too, especially if we consider what is happening in certain region, in which we seem almost to be witnessing the recurrence of situations, very similar to those, that existed on the Iberian Peninsular, in that sixth century.   The wealth of cultural knowledge that Isidore had assimilated, enabled him to constantly compare the Christian newness with the Greco-Roman cultural heritage, however, rather than the precious gift of synthesis, it would seem that he possessed the gift of collatio, that is, of collecting, which he expressed in an extraordinary personal erudition, although it was not always ordered as might have been desired.Saint-Isidore-by-Ambrosius-Benson1530.md

In any case, his nagging worry not to overlook anything, that human experience had produced, in the history of his homeland and of the whole world, is admirable.   Isidore did not want to lose anything that man had acquired, in the epochs of antiquity, regardless of whether they had been pagan, Jewish or Christian.   Hence, it should not come as a surprise if, in pursuing this goal, he did not always manage to filter the knowledge he possessed sufficiently, in the purifying waters of the Christian faith as he would have wished.   The point is, however, that in Isidore’s intentions, the proposals he made, were always in tune with the Catholic faith, which he staunchly upheld.   In the discussion of the various theological problems, he showed, that he perceived their complexity and often astutely suggested solutions, that summarise and express, the complete Christian truth.   This has enabled believers through the ages and to our times, to profit, with gratitude, from his definitions.   A significant example of this is offered by Isidore’s teaching on the relations between active and contemplative life.   He wrote: “Those who seek to attain repose in contemplation must first train in the stadium of active life and then, free from the dross of sin, they will be able to display that pure heart which alone makes the vision of God possible” (Differentiarum Lib. II, 34, 133: PL 83, col 91A).   Nonetheless, the realism of a true pastor, convinced him of the risk the faithful run, of reducing themselves to one dimension.   He therefore added: “The middle way, consisting of both of these forms of life, normally turns out to be more useful in resolving those tensions, which are often aggravated, by the choice of a single way of life and are instead better tempered, by an alternation of the two forms” (op. cit. 134; ibid., col 91B).st isidore glass

Isidore sought in Christ’s example the definitive confirmation of a just orientation of life and said:   “The Saviour Jesus offers us the example of active life, when during the day He devoted Himself to working signs and miracles in the town but, He showed the contemplative life, when He withdrew to the mountain and spent the night in prayer” (op. cit. 134: ibid.).   In the light of this example of the divine Teacher, Isidore can conclude with this precise moral teaching:  “Therefore let the servant of God, imitating Christ, dedicate himself to contemplation without denying himself active life. Behaving otherwise, would not be right.   Indeed, just as we must love God in contemplation, so we must love our neighbour with action.   It is therefore impossible to live without the presence of both the one and the other form of life, nor can we live without experiencing both the one and the other” (op. cit., 135; ibid. col 91C).   I consider that this is the synthesis of a life that seeks contemplation of God, dialogue with God in prayer and in the reading of Sacred Scripture, as well as action at the service of the human community and of our neighbour.   This synthesis, is the lesson that the great Bishop of Seville has bequeathed to us, Christians of today, called to witness to Christ at the beginning of a new millennium.   Amen … Vatican.va

Pedro Duque Cornejo and Manuel Guerrero de Alca'ntara, St. Isido
St Isidore at Seville Cathedral
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St Isidore on the Facade of Seville Cathedral

Prayer for the Intercession of St Isidore
before accessing the Internet

Almighty and eternal God,
who created us in Thy image
and bade us to seek after all that is good,
true and beautiful,
especially in the divine person
of Thy only-begotten Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
grant we beseech Thee that,
through the intercession of Saint Isidore,
Bishop and Doctor,
during our journeys through the internet,
we will direct our hands and eyes
only to that which is pleasing to Thee
and treat with charity and patience,
all those souls whom we encounter.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen

Orátio ante colligatiónem in interrete:
*Omnípotens aetérne Deus,
qui secúndum imáginem Tuam nos plasmásti
et omnia bona, vera, et pulchra,
praesértim in divína persóna Unigéniti Fílii Tui
Dómini nostri Iesu Chrísti, quaérere iussísti,
praesta, quaésumus,
ut, per intercessiónem Sancti Isidóri, Epíscopi et Doctóris,
in peregrinatiónibus per interrete,
et manus oculísque ad quae Tibi sunt plácita intendámus
et omnes quos convenímus cum caritáte ac patiéntia accipiámus.
Per Christum Dóminum nostrum.
Amen

prayer for the intercession of st isidore before internet - 4 april 2020

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Memorials of the Saints – 4 April

St Isidore of Seville (c 560-636) Father & Doctor of the Church (Optional Memorial)
St Isidore’s life:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/saint-of-the-day-4-april-st-isidore-of-seville-father-and-doctor-of-the-church/

Bl Abraham of Strelna
St Agathopus of Thessalonica
St Aleth of Dijon
St Benedict of Sicily OFM (1526-1589)
About St Benedict:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/04/04/saint-of-the-day-4-april-st-benedict-of-sicily-o-f-m-1526-1589/

Bl Giuseppe Benedetto Dusmet OSB (1818-1894)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/04/04/saint-of-the-day-4-april-blessed-giuseppe-cardinal-benedetto-dusmet-osb-1818-1894/
St Gwerir of Liskeard
St Henry of Gheest
St Hildebert of Ghent
St Peter of Poitiers
St Plato
St Theodulus of Thessalonica
St Theonas of Egypt
St Tigernach of Clogher
St Zosimus of Palestine

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Thought for the Day – 4 April – St Isidore, the Patron of the Internet?

Thought for the Day – 4 April – Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent, Year C and the Memorial of St Isidore of Seville (560-636) Father & Doctor of the Church

St Isidore, the Patron of the Internet?

Isidore may seem like a strange choice but his academic works make him a perfect fit.
It may seem strange that a 7th-century saint was chosen as the patron saint of the internet but after a careful examination of his life, St Isidore of Seville turns out to be the perfect choice.

Isidore was a great scholar whose encyclopedic knowledge was far reaching.

Before his death, Isidore wrote a collection of books called Etymologiae, which, according to the Catholic Encyclopedia, was “a vast storehouse in which is gathered, systematised and condensed, all the learning possessed by his time.   Throughout the greater part of the Middle Ages it was the textbook most in use in educational institutions.”

Interestingly enough, Isidore did not contain himself to only theological topics but successfully collected information on all subjects, both secular and religious. Pope Benedict XVI explained in a General Audience, “The wealth of cultural knowledge that Isidore had assimilated enabled him to constantly compare the Christian newness with the Greco-Roman cultural heritage, however, rather than the precious gift of synthesis it would seem that he possessed the gift of collatio, that is, of collecting.”

For this reason, Isidore has been regarded as the patron saint of the internet.   He was, in a certain sense, a human “Wikipedia,” possessing a vast storehouse of information on every topic available.

St Isidore is a great intercessor for all those logging on to the internet, a saint who can help us find what we need as well as protect us from the darker side of the World Wide Web.

St Isidore of Seville, Pray for Us!st-isidore-pray-for-us-no-2-4-april-2019.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 4 April – St Isidore of Seville

Quote/s of the Day – 4 April – Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent, Year C and the Memorial of St Isidore of Seville (560-636) Father & Doctor of the Church

“The suffering of adversity
does not degrade you but exalts you.
Human tribulation teaches you,
it does not destroy you.
The more we are afflicted in this world,
the greater is our assurance for the next.
The more we sorrow in the present,
..the greater will be our joy in the future.”the suffering of adversity - 4 april 2019 st isidore of seville.jpg

“Confession heals,
Confession justifies,
Confession grants pardon of sin,
all hope consists in Confession;
in Confession there is
a chance for mercy.”

St Isidore of Seville (560-636)

Father & Doctor of the Churchconfession heals - st isidore of seville 4 april 2019.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 4 April – “A veil hid Him from their eyes”

One Minute Reflection – 4 April – Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent, Year C, Gospel:  John 5:31–47 and the Memorial of St Isidore (c 560-636) Father & Doctor of the Church

“If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote of me.”…John 5:46

REFLECTION – “Moses face had become radiant while he conversed with the Lord. Aaron and the other Israelites saw (it)… and were afraid to come near him… When Moses had finished speaking with them, he would again put the veil over his face” (cf. Ex 34:29f.).   The radiance lighting up Moses’ face was Christ shining within him but He was hidden from the eyes of the Hebrews who did not see him… The Old Testament as a whole is shown to us, veiled like Moses, the symbol of all prophecy.   Underneath this veil, displayed by the lips of the prophets, Christ appears, a judge in majesty, seated on his throne of glory…

If Moses was veiled, what other prophet could have uncovered his face?   All veiled their speech in imitation of him.   They simultaneously heralded and veiled, they put forth their message and, at the same time, covered it with a veil… Because Jesus shone out in their books, a veil hid Him from their eyes, a veil that makes known to all the world how the words of Holy Scripture contain a hidden meaning…

Our Lord lifted this veil when He expounded His mysteries to the whole of creation.   By His coming, the Son of God uncovered Moses’ face, the incomprehensible words, that up to then had been veiled.   The new covenant has come to interpret the old, now, at last, the world is able to grasp those words that nothing covers any longer.   The Lord, our Sun, has arisen over the world and illumined every living being, mysteries and enigmas are at last made clear.   The veil that used to cover those books has been removed and the world beholds the Son of God with uncovered face.”…St Jacob of Sarug (c 451-521) Syrian Bishop and Monkthe new covenant has come to interpret the old john 5 46 thurs4thweeklent 4 april 2019.jpg

PRAYER – Father almighty, grant us Your good grace to trust completely in the Word made Flesh whom You sent to lead us to our heavenly home and save us from our evil ways.   As we proceed by penance and prayer, grant us now perseverance in listening to Him and learning from Him.   May the prayers of St Isidore, assist us on our journey.   We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God with You, now and forever, amen.st-isidore-pray-for-us-4-april-2018.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day -– 13 March – St Leander

Quote/s of the Day -– 13 March – Wednesday of the First week of Lent, Year C and The Memorial of St Leander (c 534-c 600)

“This man of suave eloquence and eminent talent shone as brightly by his virtues as by his doctrine.   By his faith and zeal the Gothic people have been converted from Arianism to the Catholic faith”

St Isidore of Seville (560-636) Doctor of the Church,

speaking of his brother St Leander, whom we celebrate today.this-man-st-isidore-of-seville 13 march 2018.jpg

“The humble man receives praise,
the way a clean window
takes the light of the sun.
The truer and more intense the light is,
the less you see of the glass.”

Thomas Merton OCSO (1915-1968)the humble man receives praise - thomas merton - 13 march 2019.jpg

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Thought for the Day – 4 April – Easter Wednesday and the Memorial of St Isidore of Seville (560-636) Father & Doctor of the Church

Thought for the Day – 4 April – Easter Wednesday and the Memorial of St Isidore of Seville (560-636) Father & Doctor of the Church

The 76 years of Isidore’s life were a time of conflict and growth for the Church in Spain. The Visigoths had invaded the land a century and a half earlier and shortly before Isidore’s birth they set up their own capital.   They were Arians—Christians who said Christ was not God.   Thus, Spain was split in two:  one people (Catholic Romans) struggled with another (Arian Goths).   Isidore reunited Spain, making it a centre of culture and learning.   The country served as a teacher and guide for other European countries whose culture was also threatened by barbarian invaders.

In 599, Isidore became bishop of Seville and for thirty-seven years led the Spanish church through a period of intense religious development..  Isidore also organised representative councils that established the structure and discipline of the church in Spain.   At the Council of Toledo in 633 he obtained a decree that required the establishment of a school in every diocese.   Reflecting the saint’s broad interests, the schools taught every branch of knowledge, including the liberal arts, medicine, law, Hebrew, and Greek.    Isidore was an amazingly learned man and is called “The Schoolmaster of the Middle Ages.”   The encyclopedia he wrote was used as a textbook for nine centuries in so many schools which he had founded.   AND he required seminaries to be built in every diocese, wrote a Rule for religious orders and founded schools that taught every branch of learning.   Isidore wrote numerous books, including a dictionary, an encyclopedia, a history of Goths and a history of the world—beginning with creation!   He also wrote a dictionary of synonyms, brief biographies of illustrious men, treatises on theological and philosophical subjects.  He completed the Mozarabic liturgy, which is still in use in Toledo, Spain.   For all these reasons, Isidore has been suggested as patron of the Internet.    Several others—including Anthony of Padua—also have been suggested.

Throughout his long life, Isidore lived austerely so that he could give to the poor and he continued his austerities even as he approached age 80.   During the last six months of his life, he increased his charities so much that his house was crowded from morning till night with the poor of the countryside.  But while Isidore had compassion for needy, he thought they were better off than their oppressors, as he explains in this selection:

“We ought to sorrow for people who do evil rather than for people who suffer it.   The wrongdoing of the first leads them further into evil.   The others’ suffering corrects them from evil.   Through the evil wills of some, God works much good in others.   Some people, resisting the will of God, unwittingly do His purpose.   Understand then that so truly are all things subject to God that even those who oppose His law nevertheless fulfil His will.

Evil men are necessary so that through them the good may be scourged when they do wrong…Some simple men, not understanding the dispensation of God, are scandalised by the success of evil men.   They say with the prophet:  “Why does the way of the wicked prosper?”   Those who speak thus should not wonder to see the frail temporal happiness of the wicked.   Rather they should consider the final end of evil men and the everlasting torments prepared for them.   As the prophet says:  “They spend their days in wealth and in a moment they go down to hell.”

Shortly before his death, Isidore had two friends clothe him in sackcloth and rub ashes on his head so that he could come before God as a poor penitent.   He died peacefully at Seville in 636.

Our society can well use Isidore’s spirit of combining learning and holiness.   Loving, understanding and knowledge can heal and bring a broken people back together.   We are not barbarians like the invaders of Isidore’s Spain.   But people who are swamped by riches and overwhelmed by scientific and technological advances can lose much of their understanding love for one another.

St Isidore, pray for the whole Church, the whole world, for us all, amen!st isidore - pray for us no 2 - 4 april 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 4 April – Easter Wednesday and the Memorial of St Isidore of Seville (560-636) Father & Doctor of the Church

Quote/s of the Day – 4 April – Easter Wednesday and the Memorial of St Isidore of Seville (560-636) Father & Doctor of the Church

“War with vices
but peace with individuals.”

“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.”

“We, as Catholics, are not permitted
to believe anything of our own will,
nor to choose what someone has believed of his.
We have God’s apostles as authorities,
who did not themselves of their own wills,
choose anything of what they wanted to believe
but faithfully transmitted to the nations,
the teachings of Christ.”war with vices...the more you devote yourself...we, as catholics - st isidore - 4 april 2018

“Confession heals,
Confession justifies,
Confession grants pardon of sin,
all hope consists in Confession;
in Confession there is
a chance for mercy.”

St Isidore of Seville (560-636) Father & Doctor of the Churchconfession heals - st isidore - 4 april 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 4 April – Easter Wednesday and the Memorial of St Isidore of Seville (560-636) Father & Doctor of the Church

One Minute Reflection – 4 April – Easter Wednesday and the Memorial of St Isidore of Seville (560-636) Father & Doctor of the Church

I know how to live modestly and I know how to live luxuriously too:  in every way now I have mastered the secret of all conditions:  full stomach and empty stomach, plenty and poverty.   There is nothing I cannot do in the One who strengthens me…Philippians 4:12-13

REFLECTION – “The suffering of adversity does not degrade you but exalts you.   Human tribulation teaches you, it does not destroy you.   The more we are afflicted in this world, the greater is our assurance for the next.   The more we sorrow in the present, ..the greater will be our joy in the future.”…St Isidore of Seville (560-636) Father & Doctor of the Churchthe suffering of adversity - st isidore - 4 april 2018the more we are afflicted in this world - st isidore - 2017

PRAYER – Graciously hear the prayers, O Lord, which we make in commemoration of Saint Isidore, that we and Your Church may be aided by his intercession, just as she has been instructed by his heavenly teaching. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.st isidore - pray for us - 4 april 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 21 March “Speaking of Sanctity”

Quote/s of the Day – 21 March
“Speaking of Sanctity”

“The secret of being always with God
and of assuring His continual presence
in our hearts is constant prayer.”

St Isidore of Seville (560-636) Doctor of the Churchthe secret of being always with god - st isidore - 21 march 2018 - speaking of sanctity

“The shortest, yes, the only way,
to reach sanctity, is to conceive a horror
for all that the world loves and values.”

St Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)the shortest, yes, - st ignatius - speaking of sanctity - 21 march 2018

“Sanctity consists in the accomplishment
of the duties God lays upon us.
In this way, one who fulfills well the duties of his station
and, much more, one who fulfills them well for God,
will become a real saint – nothing more is needed.”

Blessed Louis-Édouard Cestac (1801-1868)sanctity consists in the accomplishment - bl louis-edouard cestac - 21 march 2018 speaking of sanctity

“If God does not desire me to be a saint,
He would not have created me a reasonable being.”

St Peter Julian Eymard (1811-1868)if god does not - st peter julian eymard - speaking of sanctity - 21 march 2018

“Our Lord has created persons for all states in life
and in all of them, we see people,
who achieved sanctity
by fulfilling their obligations well.”

St Anthony Mary Claret (1807-1870)our lord has created - sdt anthony mary claret - speaking of sanctity - 21 march 2018

“Great’ holiness consists in carrying out
the ‘little duties’ of each moment.”

St Josemaria Escriva, (1902-1975) The Way, 81great holiness - st josemaria - speaking of sanctity - 21 march 2018

“We must have a real living determination to reach holiness.
I will be a saint means, I will despoil myself of all, that is not God;
I will strip my heart of all created things;
I will live in poverty and detachment;
I will renounce my will, my inclinations, my whims and fancies
and make myself a willing slave to the will of God.”

St Mother Teresa (1910-1997)we must have a ral living - st mother teresa - speaking of sanctity - 21 march 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 14 March 2018 – Wednesday of the 4th Week of Lent “Speaking of Death & Eternity”

Quote/s of the Day – 14 March 2018 – Wednesday of the 4th Week of Lent

“Speaking of Death & Eternity”

“Christ’s martyrs feared neither death nor pain. He triumphed in them who lived in them; and they, who lived not for themselves but for Him, found in death itself the way to life.”

St Augustine – (354-430) – Father & Doctor of the Churchchrist's martyrs - st augustine - 14 march 2018

“The more we are afflicted in this world, the greater is our assurance in the next; the more sorrow in the present, the greater will be our joy in the future.”

St Isidore of Seville (560-636) – Doctor of the Churchthe more we are afflicted - st isidore - 14 march 2018

“A man may very well lose his head and yet come to no harm – yea, I say, to unspeakable good and everlasting happiness.”

St Thomas More (1478-1535) a man may very well - st thomas more - 14 march 2018

“Let us prepare ourselves for death;  we have not a minute to lose:  it will come upon us at the moment when we least expect it; it will take us by surprise.  Look at the saints, my children, who were pure;  they were always trembling, they pined away with fear and we, who so often offend the good God–we have no fears.   Life is given us that we may learn to die well and we never think of it.   We occupy ourselves with everything else.   The idea of it often occurs to us and we always reject it;  we put it off to the last moment.   O my children! this last moment, how much it is to be feared!   Yet the good God does not wish us to despair;   He shows us the good thief, touched with repentance, dying near Him on the cross;   but he is the only one and then see, he dies near the good God.   Can we hope to be near Him at our last moment–we who have been far from Him all our life?   What have we done to deserve that favour?   A great deal of evil and no good.”

St John Vianney  (1786-1859) let us prepare ourselves for death - st john vianney - 14 march 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 13 March – The Memorial of St Leander (c 534-c 600)

One Minute Reflection – 13 March – The Memorial of St Leander (c 534-c 600)

For his sake I have forfeited everything….so that Christ may be my wealth and I may be in him....Philippians 3:8-9philippians 3 8-9

REFLECTION – “This man of suave eloquence and eminent talent shone as brightly by his virtues as by his doctrine. By his faith and zeal the Gothic people have been converted from Arianism to the Catholic faith”…St Isidore of Seville speaking of his brother St Leander, whom we celebrate today.this-man-st-isidore-of-seville-13 march 2017

PRAYER – Help me to discern through prayer and meditation what You truly want of me. Then enable me to offer it to You – and indeed to offer myself and all I have to You.   St Leander, you were and are an example to all of total and complete commitment to the Glory of the Kingdom and the One, True Faith.   Grant Holy Father, that by the prayers of St Leander we may too be filled with zeal and love, amen!st-leander-pray-for-us-2- 13 march 2017

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Quote/s of the Day – 13 December

Quote/s of the Day – 13 December

“If you want to honour the body of Christ,
do not scorn it when it is naked;
do not honour the Eucharistic Christ
with silk vestments and then,
leaving the church, neglect the other Christ
suffering from cold and nakedness”

St John Chrysostom (347-407)

Father and Doctor of the Church – (Hom. in Matthaeum, 50.3: PG 58)if-you-want-to-honour-the-body-of-christ-st-john-chrysostom-19-nov-2017

“The more we are afflicted in this world,
the greater is our assurance in the next;
the more we sorrow in the present,
the greater will be our joy in the future.”

St Isidore of Seville (560-636) Doctor of the Churchthe more we are afflicted - st isidore of seville - 13 dec 2017

“When it is all over, you will not regret having suffered;
rather, you will regret, having suffered so little
and suffered that little so badly.”

Bl Sebastian Valfre (1629-1710)when it is all over - bl sebastian valfre - 13 dec 2017

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Thought for the Day – 4 April

Thought for the Day – 4 April

How amazing it is – what one person can accomplish when he works for God alone!   We all find ourselves in situations of leadership or influence and the good we can do by our labour and our example knows no bounds.    Look around, see the lives you can touch – become a genuine influence and example to others.   We have every tool we need AND we have every reason to work for the glory of the Kingdom!

St Isidore of Seville, pray for us!

ST ISIDORE PRAY FOR US 2ST ISIDORE OF SEVILLE - APRIL 4

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Quote/s of the Day – 4 April

Quote/s of the Day – 4 April

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.”

“Confession heals, confession justifies,
confession grants pardon of sin,
all hope consists in confession;
in confession there is a chance for mercy.”

St Isidore of Seville – Father & Doctor of the Church

QUOTES - ST ISIDORE

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One Minute Reflection – 4 April

One Minute Reflection – 4 April

Have just men for your……companions;
in the fear of God be your glory…………Sirach 9:16

REFLECTION – “Seek the association of persons who are good. For if you are the companion of their life, you will also be the companion of their virtue.”…….St Isidore of Seville

PRAYER – God of goodness, help me to be continually in the company of true Christians.
Let me be edified by their virtues and their works and let our association bring us all to heavenly glory.   St Isidore of Seville, pray for us, amen.

ST ISIDORE-QUOTEST ISIDORE PRAY FOR US

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Saint of the Day – 4 April – St Isidore of Seville – Father and Doctor of the Church

Saint of the Day – 4 April – St Isidore of Seville – Father and Doctor of the Church (560-636) Bishop, Father, Doctor, Scholar, Writer, Teacher, Reformer and Evangelist – Patron of news dealers, the internet, computer programmers and technicians, 2 dioceses, 13 cities.  He was, for over three decades, Archbishop of Seville and is widely regarded as the last of the Fathers of the Church, as the 19th-century historian Montalembert put it in an oft-quoted phrase, “The last scholar of the ancient world.”   Born in Cartagena of a family that included three other sibling saints–Leander, Fulgentius and Florentina–he was educated by his elder brother, whom he succeeded as bishop of Seville.1 isisdore.jpg

St Isidore of Seville is sometimes called “the schoolmaster of the Middle Ages” because his books and schools helped shape the education and culture of medieval Europe.   For ten centuries, Isidore’s voluminous works were among those most quoted by other writers.   And his establishment of cathedral schools laid a foundation for the medieval universities and for education in the West.2-saint-isidore-isidro-of-seville-mary-evans-picture-library.jpg

In 599, Isidore became bishop of Seville and for thirty-seven years led the Spanish church through a period of intense religious development.    Isidore also organised representative councils that established the structure and discipline of the church in Spain.    At the Council of Toledo in 633 he obtained a decree that required the establishment of a school in every diocese.    Reflecting the saint’s broad interests, the schools taught every branch of knowledge, including the liberal arts, medicine, law, Hebrew, and Greek.Isidor_von_Sevilla.jpeg

Isidore wrote many books, the most famous being the Etymologies, an encyclopedia of grammar, rhetoric, theology, history, medicine, and mathematics.   He also wrote a dictionary of synonyms, brief biographies of illustrious men, treatises on theological and philosophical subjects, a history of world events since the creation and a history of the Goths, which is our only source of information about them.   Throughout his long life, Isidore lived austerely so that he could give to the poor.   But while Isidore had compassion for needy, he thought they were better off than their oppressors, as he explains in this selection:

We ought to sorrow for people who do evil rather than for people who suffer it. The wrongdoing of the first leads them further into evil.   The others’ suffering corrects them from evil.   Through the evil wills of some, God works much good in others. Some people, resisting the will of God, unwittingly do His purpose.   Understand then that so truly are all things subject to God that even those who oppose His law nevertheless fulfil His will.

Evil men are necessary so that through them the good may be scourged when they do wrong…Some simple men, not understanding the dispensation of God, are scandalised by the success of evil men.   They say with the prophet: “Why does the way of the wicked prosper?”   Those who speak thus should not wonder to see the frail temporal happiness of the wicked.   Rather they should consider the final end of evil men and the everlasting torments prepared for them.   As the prophet says: “They spend their days in wealth and in a moment they go down to hell.”

Shortly before his death, Isidore had two friends clothe him in sackcloth and rub ashes on his head so that he could come before God as a poor penitent.   He died peacefully at Seville in 636.

ST ISIDORE

King Reccared abjures his heresy before St. Leander.
King Reccared abjures his heresy before St Isidore

 

 

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One Minute Reflection – 13 March

One Minute Reflection – 13 March

I heard the voice of the Lord saying,
Whom shall I send?……
“Here I am”, I said, “send me!”……….Isaiah 6:8

REFLECTION – “This man of suave eloquence and eminent talent shone as brightly by his virtues as by his doctrine. By his faith and zeal the Gothic people have been converted from Arianism to the Catholic faith”…..St Isidore of Seville speaking of his brother St Leander, whom we celebrate today.

PRAYER – Help me to discern through prayer and meditation what You truly want of me. Then enable me to offer it to You – and indeed to offer myself and all I have to You. St Leander, you were and are an example to all around you, please pray for us, amen!

IS 6-8-ST LEANDER

THIS MAN-ST ISIDORE OF SEVILLE

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Quote/s of the Day – 17 February

Quote/s of the Day – 17 February

“Mary means enlightener, because She brought forth the Light of the world. In the Syriac tongue, Mary signifies Lady.”
~~~~~ St Isidore of Seville

“Let me say something concerning this name also, which is interpreted to mean Star of the sea, and admirably suits the Virgin Mother.”
~~~~~ St Bernard

“Mary means Star of the sea, for as mariners are guided to port by the ocean star, so Christians attain to glory through Mary’s maternal intercession.”
~~~~~St Thomas Aquinas

“God the Father gathered all the waters together
and called them the seas or maria [Latin, seas].
He gathered all His grace together
and called it Mary or Maria . . .
This immense treasury is none other than Mary
whom the Saints call the ‘treasury of the Lord.’
From Her fullness all men are made rich.”
~~~~~ St Louis de Montfort

“This most holy, sweet and worthy name was ’eminently fitted to so holy, sweet and worthy a virgin. For Mary means a bitter sea, star of the sea, the illuminated or illuminatrix. Mary is interpreted Lady. Mary is a bitter sea to the demons; to men She is the Star of the sea; to the Angels She is illuminatrix, and to all creatures She is Lady .”
~~~~~St Bonaventure

“When you find yourself tossed by the raging storms on this great sea of life, far from land, keep your eyes fixed on this Star to avoid disaster. When the winds of temptation or the rocks of tribulation threaten, look up to the Star, call upon Mary!”
~~~~~ St Bernard

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