My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II

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St. Isidore the laborer

From Fatima Portugal, we travel a little over 300 miles to Madrid, the birthplace of today's saint- Saint Isidore the laborer.

  Good Saint Isidore who was so good and holy, and such a good worker, that God sent an angel to toil the fields of the wealthy John de Vargas so that St. Isadore could keep going to daily mass!  Isadore's employer saw the angel working away and he converted to Christianity, and the story has it that Isidore and John de Vargas started going to mass together.

Isidore's wife, Maria Torribia  is also a saint.  They too suffered the sorrow of losing  their only child, a son.  They were noted however not for how they grieved, but how they incorporated that grief into living a full, holy, and even happy life afterwards.
St. Isidore the Farmer
Christina B Castro via Flickr Licensed by CC

St. Isidore loved the poor and loved the animals. He also had the gift of food multiplication. Isidore fed a flock of starving birds and another time shared his food with a large group of beggars.  His wife Maria always kept a pot of stew on the fire, knowing that her husband would always be inviting someone in to eat with them. One time he invited a large crowd over and Maria was just sure that there would not be enough food, but Isidore insisted that she check again and when she did, sure enough, there was enough stew for everyone to have something to eat.

Isidore died on May 15, 1120 at 60 years of age. It is noted that he took special preparation and prayer to prepare for a holy death.  He 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 Calendar.

He is the patron saint of Madrid and farmers.

My daughter's name is Isadora, so today is her feast day.  She is named for her Grandpa Isidore, Mr. Pete's father.  He was a delightful man with a wonderful sense of humor and fun.  I remember in high school he drove the family station wagon to pick up  Pete and his friends wearing a blond Farrah Fawcett wig.  Of course everyone pointed and stared but he pretended he had no clue what they were laughing at.  Mr. Pete and his friends had no choice but to get in the car with him if they wanted a ride home.  Ah... the fun of embarrassing teenagers!

Another time, after we were married, my father-in-law Isidore wore a pair of dark sun glasses to a New Year's Eve party.  The glasses lit up when he pressed a button in the pocket of his leisure suit.  He spent a good part of the evening flashing his glasses and surprising people.  The DJ that evening then found a record about cheap sunglasses and my father-in-law took to the floor, dancing by himself and flashing his sun glasses while the crowd watched and applauded.  Boy, that was so fun!  I really missed him after he passed on.

Lest you think he was just a jokester, my father-in-law was with General Patton in WWII.  He was with him during two campaigns, but was hit by shrapnel in Africa and was out for the rest of the war.  That's how he met my mother-in-law.  A girl was writing to him, but she had too many soldiers to write to, so she gave Isidore off to my mother-in-law Virginia.  Their letters clicked with each other.  They met, married and had nine children.  The rest is history!
Isadore LaVictoire PFC
My kids know all of these stories.  So in honor of St. Isidore, and of Grandpa Isidore, we are going to plant some flowers today.  St. Isidore was a farmer, so that is very appropriate.

Happy Feast Day St. Isadore, Grandpa Isadore, and sweet little Izzy!
Litany to St. Isadore here
Great day to do some planting! Like a Marian Garden. Check out St. Isidore's Grotto 

St. Isidore