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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Feast of St. Isidore



Collect: O God,
by whose providence blessed Isidore
was sent to guide thy people in the
way of everlasting salvation:
grant we beseech thee, that as we have learned
of him the doctrine of life on earth,
so we may be found worthy to have him
for our advocate in heaven.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Homily from the Breviary by St. Isidore:
Whosoever is set over the people, to teach and train them in godliness, must first of all himself be holy and blameless. For only he that is himself a stranger to sin should rebuke a sinner. Because a man dareth not to rebuke another, if the latter can justly say: Shut thy mouth until thou hast taught thyself to do properly. A bishop should also be learned in the Scriptures, both to teach those who belong to him, and to overcome the enemies of the Faith. For except these be overcome, they will easily lead astray the hearts of simple folk. Moreover, a bishop should adapt his preaching to each one's profession and way of life. That is, he must know what to speak, to whom he is speaking, and when and how to speak. It is his special duty to read the Scriptures, to know well the Canons, to follow the example of the Saints. Such an one must also possess charity, without which all others virtues are nothing. For charity is the keeper of chastity. And the home of this keeper of chastity is humility. Chastity should hold the foremost place amongst all these virtues, that the mind may be clean given to Christ. Besides such habits of godliness, he should be a prudent administrator, and distinguished for hospitality. If the faithful obey those words: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: how much more a bishop? for a bishop's house should be the home of all.

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