St. Isidore of Seville, Bishop and Doctor

St. Isidore of Seville

Feast Day: April 4

St. Isidore of Seville was a bishop and a scholar who wrote a huge encyclopedia. This collection was used as a textbook for nine centuries. He also invented the period, comma, and colon!

This is probably why he is associated with the internet. His encyclopedia was the wikipedia of the ancient world!

He lived during the late sixth and early seventh century, when there was a lot of division in Spain. He helped reunite the country. St. Isidore promoted the need to have well educated clergy. He was also known for his charity.

Patron Saint of …

St. Isidore of Seville is the patron saint of the internet, computer users, computer technicians, programmers, and students.

Daily Mass Readings for the Optional Memorial of Saint Isidore, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

  • First Reading – 2 Corinthians 4:1-2, 5-7: “For God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to bring to light the knowledge of the glory of God on the face of Jesus Christ.”
  • Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 37: “The mouth of the just murmurs wisdom.”
  • Gospel – Luke 6:43-45: “A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil; for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.”

Here are some more resources related to this saint of the internet.

Prayer for Youth Before Using the Internet

This prayer asks for the intercession of St. Isidore. Pray it before using the internet to ask for strength to use the internet wisely and for protection from evil.

Coffee Filter Prayer

This prayer helps youth consider how to filter out unclean or inappropriate thoughts. This would be a good prayer to use at a meeting focused on using electronic devices or the internet.

Pope Francis on the Pros and Cons of Internet Use

In his World Day of Social Communications message in 2019, Pope Francis reminds us that the internet can be used to unite or divide. We must use it responsibly.


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