St. Isidore was born in Spain in the 12th century. For the greater part of his life, he was employed as a laborer on a farm outside the city. According to tradition, many marvelous happenings accompanied his lifelong work in the fields and continued long after his holy death. He was favored with celestial visions, it is said, and the angels sometimes helped him in his work in the fields. St. Isidore was canonized in 1622. In 1947, he was proclaimed the patron of the National Rural Conference in the United States. He is the patron of farmers, and his feast day is May 15. Prayer: God, through the intercession of St. Isidore, the holy Farmer, grant that we may overcome all feelings of worry and anxiety in our daily lives. May we always serve You, O God, with humility and gratitude. Amen.