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St. Isidore the Farmer
Feast day: May 15
Isidore was born to very poor yet very pious Catholic parents in Madrid,
Spain. His parents were unable to support him when he was a youth and
sent him to work for a wealthy landowner, John de Vergas (He ended up
working for him for the rest of his life).
He married a very religious woman named Maria Torribia (also known as
Maria de la Cabeza). She, like Isidore became a saint. They had one son
who died unexpectedly as a child. Their grief inclined them to believe
their son's death to be a sign from God and consequently vowed to live a
life of perfect continence.
Isidore frequented Holy Mass every morning but often reported to work
late. Late, though he was, his plowing was nevertheless accomplished by
angels that resulted in three times more productivity. His coworkers and
his boss witnessed such miraculous events and accorded Isidore with
St. Isidore loved the poor and loved the animals. The miracle of the
multiplication of food occurred when Isidore fed a flock of starving
birds and on another time when Isidore shared his food with a large
group of beggars.
Isidore died on May 15, 1120 at 60 years of age and was canonized in
1622 along with four very notable Spanish saints. The group, known as
"the five saints", included St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Teresa of Avila,
St. Francis Xavier, St. Phillip Neri, and St. Isidore. His body has been
found incorrupt. His memorial is celebrated on May 15th on the Roman
St. Isidore is known as the patron of Madrid, Spain as well as Leon,
Saragosa, and Seville. He is also considered the patron of farmers,
peasants, day laborers, and rural communities. Lastly, he is the patron
of the United States National Rural Life Conference.