SAINT OF THE DAY: 04 APRIL, 2016

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SAINT ISIDORE
Archbishop

Patron Saint of Gardeners
(c. 560-636)

        Isidore was born of a ducal family, at Carthagena in Spain.

His two brothers, Leander, Archbishop of Seville, Fulgentius, Bishop of Ecija, and his sister Florentina, are Saints.

As a boy he despaired at his ill success in study, and ran away from school.

Resting in his flight at a roadside spring, he observed a stone, which was hollowed out by the dripping water.

This decided him to return, and by hard application he succeeded where he had failed.

He went back to his master, and with the help of God became, even as a youth, one of the most learned men of the time.

He assisted in converting Prince Recared, the leader of the Arian party; and with his aid, though at the constant peril of his own life, he expelled that heresy from Spain.

Then, following a call from God, he turned a deaf ear to the entreaties of his friends, and embraced a hermit’s life.

Prince Recared and many of the nobles and clergy of Seville went to persuade him to come forth, and represented the needs of the times, and the good he could do, and had already done, among the people.

He refused, and, as far as we can judge, that refusal gave him the necessary opportunity of acquiring the virtue and the power which afterwards made him an illustrious Bishop and Doctor of the Church.

On the death of his brother Leander he was called to fill the vacant see.

As a teacher, ruler, founder, and reformer, he laboured not only in his own diocese, but throughout Spain, and even in foreign countries.

He died in Seville on April 4, 636, and within sixteen years of his death was declared a Doctor of the Catholic Church.
(SOURCE: Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894])

READING OF THE DAY: 04 APRIL, 2016

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“The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary.

And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”

But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.

Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.

He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?”

And the angel said to her in reply, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.

Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.

And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.”

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.

May it be done to me according to your word.”

Then the angel departed from her.” – Luke 1:26-38.