I will give you thanks among the peoples, O Lord.-- Psalm 57:10
Mass readings: Acts 15:22-31 / John 15:12-17
Perhaps the most noteworthy fact about St. Isidore is that he was declared a saint in 1622 along with Ignatius of Loyola, Francis Xavier, Teresa of Ávila and Philip Neri. How did this impoverished farmer become part of ''the Five Saints,'' as the group is known in Spain?
Born in Madrid in 1070 into a peasant family, Isidore worked most of his life on a farm outside the city, where he married Maria Torribia, also a saint. Isidore was an honest hard worker who attended daily Mass and generously shared his earnings and food with the poor. Although before and after his death there were stories of visions, miracles and angelic visitations, the fact I find most provoking is that his simple life was sufficient for holiness. Wealth, schooling and famous achievements weren't required.
Prayer: Help me, O God, to be faithful in my faith.