Celebrate St. Isidore – Patron Saint of Technology!

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Did you say a prayer before logging onto your computer this morning?  Today, April 4th, is the feast day of St. Isidore of Seville, the patron saint of the internet and technology! Although there weren’t too many computers in the time of St. Isidore (the 600s), his vast encyclopedia of knowledge, known as the Etymologiae, has a “structure similar to that of a database.” Accordingly, in 1997, Pope John Paul II gave St. Isidore the distinction to help guide Catholics in their internet and computer use.

We wonder what St. Isidore would have thought about the marvels of modern technology, like creating flawless ministry schedules in a minute flat, reading scripture online, and following the Pope himself on Twitter!

Before your next Google search, say St. Isidore’s prayer:

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 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 Christ our Lord.
Amen

What everyday technologies are you thankful for? Let us know in the comments!

One Comment

  1. Ralphkay says:

    The Computer and Internet are my favorite! I pray that St. Isidore pray for us all. These days the rampant increase in immoral images/videos as banner ads are in amazing digits. May we all try our best to do the little we can through prayers to bring this down. In Jesus Christ’s Name we pray. Amen!

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