Church Doctor and Patron Saint of Internet Users
Memorial: April 4
Saint Isidore of Seville (c. 560-636) is the official patron saint of internet users. He was the son of Severianus and Theodora, and brother of Saint Fulgentius of Ecija, Saint Florentina of Cartagena, and Saint Leander of Seville who raised him after his father’s death.
Initially a poor student, St. Isidore gave the problem to God and became one of the most learned men of his time. He assisted his brother, archbishop of Seville, in the conversion of the Visigoth Arians.
In 601 he succeeded his brother as Archbishop of Seville. Through his influence, the Council of Toledo, which began on December 5 633, required seminaries in every diocese. St. Isidore was also a prolific writer whose works include a dictionary, an encyclopedia, a history of Goths, a rule for religious orders, and a history of the world beginning with creation. He also introduced the work of Aristotle to Spain. St. Isidore of Seville was proclaimed Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XIV in 1722, and became the leading candidate for patron of computer users and the internet in 1999.
PRAYER TO ST ISIDORE OF SEVILLE, PATRON SAINT OF INTERNET USERS
Almighty and eternal God,
who created us in Thy image and bade us to seek after all that is good,
true and beautiful,
especially in the divine person of Thy only-begotten Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
grant that we beseech Thee that,
through the intercession of Saint Isidore,
bishop and doctor,
during our journeys through the internet we will direct our hands and eyes only to that which is pleasing to Thee and treat with charity and patience all those souls whom we encounter.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.