St. Isidore of Seville

4 Apr

IsidoreMany years ago, a young man for whom I served as Confirmation sponsor and his wife were expecting a baby this time of year. Their last name is “Wall.” When I suggested that they name their child after today’s saint, Isidore of Seville, this young man famously responded, “Isidore . . . a Wall?”

Not to be confused with St. Isidore the Farmer, St. Isidore of Seville was a learned bishop and doctor of the Church who lived around the turn of the seventh century.

One story associated with St. Isidore is that, despite his obvious intellectual gifts as an adult, he struggled as a young student. One day things got so bad for Isidore that he ran away from home and from school. His brother Leander, some twenty years older than he, was his teacher, and a very demanding one. (Leander would nonetheless eventually become a bishop and saint.) While Isidore sat by himself out in the woods, he watched some drops of water falling on a rock. Then he noticed that the dripping water had worn a hole in the hard rock! The thought came to him that he could do what the little drops of water did. Little by little, by sticking to it, he could learn all his brother demanded, and maybe even more.

In more recent years St. Isidore has grown in popularity because some people have suggested that he should be named the patron saint of the Internet. That’s because St. Isidore wrote a 20-book collection called Etymologies, or The Origins, in which he tried to record everything that was known in his time. It was considered the encyclopedia of all human knowledge for over 1000 years. His search to record knowledge and make it available clearly foreshadows the purpose of the Internet.

St. Isidore, pray for us!

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