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St Isidore, patron saint of the internet

4 April 2023 @ 12:00 am 11:59 pm AEST

In 1997 Pope John Paul II declared Isidore of Seville the patron saint of the internet. Isidore was a scholar with encyclopedic knowledge. In his writings he sought to collect, systematize and synthesize all existing knowledge.

Speaking at a General Audience on 18 June 2008, Pope Benedict XVI, highlighted how Isidore combined contemplation and action. He went on to quote Isidore:

Therefore let the servant of God, imitating Christ, dedicate himself to contemplation without denying himself active life. Behaving otherwise would not be right. Indeed, just as we must love God in contemplation, so we must love our neighbour with action. It is therefore impossible to live without the presence of both the one and the other form of life, nor can we live without experiencing both the one and the other.

Prayer Seeking the Intercession of St Isidore

Almighty and eternal God
who has created us in thine 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 St Isidore, bishop and doctor,
during our journeys through the internet
we will direct our hand and eyes
only to that which is pleasing to Thee
and treat with charity and patience all those souls
whom we encounter.
Father, we ask you this, through Christ Our Lord.