St. Isidore the Farmer
Born at Madrid, Spain, of poor parents, he became a hired hand on
the estate of wealthy John de Vergas just outside of Madrid. He lived a
life of great devotion, is reputed to have performed numerous miracles,
and despite his own poverty, shared what little he had with the poor.
He died on May 15 at Madrid. His wife, Maria Torribia, who shared his
devotion and poverty, is also honored as a Saint under the name of
Santa Maria de la Cabeza. Many miracles were reported at Isidore's
shrine, and over the centuries his aid has been sought and granted to
several Spanish monarchs. He was canonized in 1622 and is the patron of
farmers and of the city of Madrid.
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