Today is the Feast Day of St. Isidore the Farmer.
Here's what you need to know...
Isidore was born in Madrid, around 1070, to poor but very devout parents. They named him after one of their favorite saints - St. Isidore of Seville.
Isidore spent his entire adult life as a laborer and farmer for a wealthy landowner in Madrid.
Despite his simple lifestyle Isidore was a very spiritual man, and spent most of his day in prayer and contemplation while working in the field. He also woke up early before the other workers to attend daily Mass.
Despite his meager earnings he was known for his care for the poor. He also advocated for the humane treatment of animals.
Many miracles surrounded Isidore during his life and after his death. His master and fellow workers claimed to often see angels accompanying Isidore in the field working alongside him.
His wife, Maria Torribia, is also on her way to becoming a Saint.
Isidore died in either the year 1130 or 1172 (conflicting accounts).
Isidore was canonized by Pope Gregory XV along with Saints Ignatius of Loyola, Francis Xavier, Teresa of Avila, and Philip Neri on March 12, 1622.
Talk about a draft class. Sheesh...
St. Isidore is the patron Saint of farmers, laborers, and Madrid.
He is often seen holding a sickle, staff, spade or plough; often with an angel working behind him in the field.
St. Isidore the Farmer, ora pro nobis!