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Saint Isidore of Sevilles
About Saint Isidore of Seville
Saint Isidore was born in 560 in the town of Seville. Saint Isidore
of Seville came from a notoriously wealthy and powerful family in
Spain. All three of his siblings, two brothers and a sister, are now
patron saints along with Isidore. They all loved each other very much,
but often disagreed on many topics. His brothers were bishops during
their life times and his sister would live her life as an abbess.
was the youngest in his family and he could nearly always be found
trying to impress his older siblings. Many people can vouch for the
statement that keeping up with older siblings can be a very tough thing
to do for youngest of the bunch, and Isidore struggled with this
battle. He was always upset with himself because he couldn't do things
like his brothers and sister could. Isidore ran away one day out of
frustration with himself. He came to the conclusion, while hiding out
in the woods by himself, that he just had to keep trying things and
eventually he would become as good as his brothers and sister. He just
needed to practice.
Isidore returned home and his
siblings were very happy to have him back. They were extremely worried
about him in his absence, seeing as he told nobody of his plans. His
siblings thought Isidore was a danger to himself, and expected fully
that he would run away again. This led to their decision to send him to
a cold cell in their basement. This was terrible treatment by his
siblings, but Isidore eventually convinced them he was going to be fine
and they let him out. They only did this mean spirited act because they
feared losing him again so much.
Isidore was also keen on
sharing knowledge with other people. His biggest love in life was
writing because he was sharing knowledge on a widespread basis by doing
so. His favorite topics were grammar, history, and astronomy. Isidore
was also responsible for having many of the finest seminaries built.
When one of Isidore's older brothers died, he took his place as bishop over Seville. Isidore convinced the pagan Visigoths to become Christians during his time as bishop, which was a great feat.
Isidore lived to be eighty years old before passing away in 636.
Isidore was a selfless person and he made sure all of his personal
belongings and money were left to the needy in his home country of
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