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Saint Isidore, the Farmer - the dignity of work and an ordinary life
Saint Isidore, the Farmer - the dignity of work and an ordinary life
Saint Isidore, the Farmer - the dignity of work and an ordinary life
Saint Isidore, the Farmer - the dignity of work and an ordinary life
 
 
 
 

 
 

Saint Isidore, praying before the Holy Cross while the Angel plows the field (fresco); Collegiate Church of the Transfiguration, Garwolin, Poland;
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Saint Isidore, the Farmer
from the Works of Eminent Preachers, 1878

Meditation on the Painting of Saint Isidore

In every honest state of life men are able to become Saints. You find in your almanac holy kings, subjects, citizens, soldiers, shepherds and laborers, married people and virgins. Our own experience teaches us that bright virtues shine sometimes in palaces, and sometimes in hovels. The Holy Church commemorates, in these days, a Saint who tilled the soil, and, on this account, is held in great veneration by the farming community. Let us, for our edification and instruction, meditate awhile on his picture. In it Saint Isidore is represented:

I. His hands lifted up toward heaven
II. At his feet a spade
III. At his side holy Angels managing the plow

I. THE HANDS LIFTED UP TOWARD HEAVEN

This denotes:

1. In general the celestial spirit.

a. The earth is not our home. Our home is above the stars, "that Jerusalem, which is above, is free; which is our mother." Gal. iv, 26. Therefore the desire of our hearts should be directed toward heaven. "Mind the things that are above, not the things that are on the earth." Col. iii, 2. This desire for heaven is intimated in the picture of Saint Isidore, by his joined hands. They are directed heavenward; and as his hands, so his heart. Isidore sought God in all things, devoting to him all his thoughts and offering up to him all his words and deeds.

b. What do we seek? Heaven or earth; everlasting or perishable things; the Creator or the creature? Are we of the number of those of whom Saint Paul complains that they "mind earthly things"? Philip. iii, 19. Oh! let us use this world, as if we used it not: for the figure of this world passeth away. I Cor. vii, 31.

2. Especially devout prayer.

a. Prayer is the nourishment of the soul; it is the dew from heaven. "As wax, when exposed to the rays of the sun, becomes white, so the soul, who in prayer approaches the sun of divine justice, increases in sanctity and purity." Louis of Granada. Saint Isidore was a man of prayer.

I. Let us treasure the word of the Lord: "Watch ye and pray" (Mk. xiii, 33), and the exhortation of the Apostle: "Be instant in prayer." Col. iv, 2. Many say: "I find no time for prayer." Saint Isidore was also a hard-working man; still he found time for prayer. If you be of good will you will easily find some time for your morning and evening prayer. Besides, when at work, remember the divine presence, and renew frequently your good intentions. "Do all things for the glory of God." I Cor. x, 31.

II. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SPADE AT HIS FEET.

It signifies:

1. The toilsome way of making a livelihood.

a. "Cursed is the earth in thy work; with labor and toil shalt thou eat thereof all the days of thy life. Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return to the earth." Gen. iii, 17. Saint Isidore toiled hard, not for himself, but in the service of another.

b. Have you not often complained of your hard work? Remember, God himself placed the spade in your hands; and we cannot but bear the burden of the day and the heat, until the great day of rest approaches. God did not lead his Saints a different way to heaven. Therefore let us cheerfully work for the glory of God.

2. Pious industry.

a. Our daily labor, when done with resignation to God’s holy will, and with holy love, is meritorious for heaven. "Labor is well paid for; we earn by it the glory of eternity." Saint Jerome. Saint Isidore gained heaven by his industry. He worked with a good intention,--for the love of God; and with great diligence,--as in the presence of God.

b. On examining our conscience, we find that many of our works will bring no fruit for heaven, because only selfishness prompted us to perform them; they were not sanctified by having our spiritual eyes turned toward heaven. Let it be otherwise for the future. “Whatsoever you do, do it from the heart, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that you shall receive of the Lord the reward of inheritance.” Col. iii, 23.

III. THE HOLY ANGELS ENGAGED IN PLOWING

They remind us:

1. Of the blessing of heaven.

a. Isidore’s master saw frequently holy angels plowing at his side. Where angelic hands labor, the divine blessing is sure to come. Prosperity increased manifestly under the management of the Saint, so that he could say to his master in the words of Jacob once spoken to Laban: "Thou knowest how I have served thee, and how great thy possession hath been in my hands. Thou hadst but little before I came to thee, and now thou art become rich: and the Lord hath blessed thee at my coming." Gen. xxx, 29.

b. God is anxious to bless you, too, if you place no obstacle in His way. God does not send His angels into the houses of the quarrelsome, covetous, unchaste, etc. We read: "The innocent in hands, and clean of heart, he shall receive a blessing from the Lord." Ps. xxiii, 4. "Want is from the Lord in the house of the wicked: but the habitations of the just shall be blessed." Prov. iii, 33. Banish therefore sin and vice out of your house, and keep the divine commandments, and the precepts of the Church.

2. Of the interrelationship of holy Angels with men.

a. This truth is contained in the Christian faith. "He hath given his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. In their hands they shall bear thee up; lest thou dash thy foot against a stone." Ps. xc, 11. Holy Scripture records many instances of this loving intercourse of the holy Angels with men.

b. How great a consolation! Angels surround us, Angels protect us, Angels assist us at our daily work. "They are faithful, wise, mighty. Why should we tremble? Therefore let us follow them, and attach ourselves to them!" - Saint Bernard. In a special manner let us venerate our Guardian Angel, and, through its intercession, we shall obtain the abundance of heavenly blessing.


 
Saint Isidore, the Farmer
from the Works of Eminent Preachers, 1878

Meditation on the Painting of Saint Isidore

In every honest state of life men are able to become Saints. You find in your almanac holy kings, subjects, citizens, soldiers, shepherds and laborers, married people and virgins. Our own experience teaches us that bright virtues shine sometimes in palaces, and sometimes in hovels. The Holy Church commemorates, in these days, a Saint who tilled the soil, and, on this account, is held in great veneration by the farming community. Let us, for our edification and instruction, meditate awhile on his picture. In it Saint Isidore is represented:

I. His hands lifted up toward heaven
II. At his feet a spade
III. At his side holy Angels managing the plow

I. THE HANDS LIFTED UP TOWARD HEAVEN

This denotes:

1. In general the celestial spirit.

a. The earth is not our home. Our home is above the stars, "that Jerusalem, which is above, is free; which is our mother." Gal. iv, 26. Therefore the desire of our hearts should be directed toward heaven. "Mind the things that are above, not the things that are on the earth." Col. iii, 2. This desire for heaven is intimated in the picture of Saint Isidore, by his joined hands. They are directed heavenward; and as his hands, so his heart. Isidore sought God in all things, devoting to him all his thoughts and offering up to him all his words and deeds.

b. What do we seek? Heaven or earth; everlasting or perishable things; the Creator or the creature? Are we of the number of those of whom Saint Paul complains that they "mind earthly things"? Philip. iii, 19. Oh! let us use this world, as if we used it not: for the figure of this world passeth away. I Cor. vii, 31.

2. Especially devout prayer.

a. Prayer is the nourishment of the soul; it is the dew from heaven. "As wax, when exposed to the rays of the sun, becomes white, so the soul, who in prayer approaches the sun of divine justice, increases in sanctity and purity." Louis of Granada. Saint Isidore was a man of prayer.

I. Let us treasure the word of the Lord: "Watch ye and pray" (Mk. xiii, 33), and the exhortation of the Apostle: "Be instant in prayer." Col. iv, 2. Many say: "I find no time for prayer." Saint Isidore was also a hard-working man; still he found time for prayer. If you be of good will you will easily find some time for your morning and evening prayer. Besides, when at work, remember the divine presence, and renew frequently your good intentions. "Do all things for the glory of God." I Cor. x, 31.

II. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SPADE AT HIS FEET.

It signifies:

1. The toilsome way of making a livelihood.

a. "Cursed is the earth in thy work; with labor and toil shalt thou eat thereof all the days of thy life. Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return to the earth." Gen. iii, 17. Saint Isidore toiled hard, not for himself, but in the service of another.

b. Have you not often complained of your hard work? Remember, God himself placed the spade in your hands; and we cannot but bear the burden of the day and the heat, until the great day of rest approaches. God did not lead his Saints a different way to heaven. Therefore let us cheerfully work for the glory of God.

2. Pious industry.

a. Our daily labor, when done with resignation to God’s holy will, and with holy love, is meritorious for heaven. "Labor is well paid for; we earn by it the glory of eternity." Saint Jerome. Saint Isidore gained heaven by his industry. He worked with a good intention,--for the love of God; and with great diligence,--as in the presence of God.

b. On examining our conscience, we find that many of our works will bring no fruit for heaven, because only selfishness prompted us to perform them; they were not sanctified by having our spiritual eyes turned toward heaven. Let it be otherwise for the future. “Whatsoever you do, do it from the heart, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that you shall receive of the Lord the reward of inheritance.” Col. iii, 23.

III. THE HOLY ANGELS ENGAGED IN PLOWING

They remind us:

1. Of the blessing of heaven.

a. Isidore’s master saw frequently holy angels plowing at his side. Where angelic hands labor, the divine blessing is sure to come. Prosperity increased manifestly under the management of the Saint, so that he could say to his master in the words of Jacob once spoken to Laban: "Thou knowest how I have served thee, and how great thy possession hath been in my hands. Thou hadst but little before I came to thee, and now thou art become rich: and the Lord hath blessed thee at my coming." Gen. xxx, 29.

b. God is anxious to bless you, too, if you place no obstacle in His way. God does not send His angels into the houses of the quarrelsome, covetous, unchaste, etc. We read: "The innocent in hands, and clean of heart, he shall receive a blessing from the Lord." Ps. xxiii, 4. "Want is from the Lord in the house of the wicked: but the habitations of the just shall be blessed." Prov. iii, 33. Banish therefore sin and vice out of your house, and keep the divine commandments, and the precepts of the Church.

2. Of the interrelationship of holy Angels with men.

a. This truth is contained in the Christian faith. "He hath given his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. In their hands they shall bear thee up; lest thou dash thy foot against a stone." Ps. xc, 11. Holy Scripture records many instances of this loving intercourse of the holy Angels with men.

b. How great a consolation! Angels surround us, Angels protect us, Angels assist us at our daily work. "They are faithful, wise, mighty. Why should we tremble? Therefore let us follow them, and attach ourselves to them!" - Saint Bernard. In a special manner let us venerate our Guardian Angel, and, through its intercession, we shall obtain the abundance of heavenly blessing.




 
 
 

 
 

Saint Isidore the farmer and his wife, Maria Torribia with the Holy Angels by Joseph von Führich (1800-1876); circa 1830;
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March 22 (Traditional) / May 15 - Saint Isidore, the Farmer (1070-1172), Confessor - the dignity of work and an ordinary life


 
 

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OUR FATHER

Our Father, Who Art In Heaven
Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
       but gives us the grace to overcome and/or resist it
X
HAIL MARY

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though among women,
And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
X
APOSTLE'S CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen


[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
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GLORIA

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
X
DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May they rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

(50 days indulgence to all who pray the De Profundis with V. and R.
"Requiem aeternam" (Eternal Rest) three times a day.
Pope Leo XIII, February 3, 1888)


Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

May they rest in peace. Amen

CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
PADRE NUESTRO

Padre Nuestro,
que estas en los Cielos
Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu Reino;
Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
y líbranos del mal. Amén
 
CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
AVE MARÍA

Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María,
Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
CERRAR
CREDO

Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

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GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS y QUE DESCANSEN EN PAZ

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.