In my very first post here at TRC, I wished aloud that there was a patron saint of blogging. I believe I’ve found something even better – the patron saint of the internet, Saint Isidor of Seville! Saint Isidore (560-636) was a bishop and Doctor of the Church and an incredibly learned man. He was named patron saint of the internet in the mid-2000s.
I discovered this saint today while browsing my local Catholic gift shop. When I saw the pile of holy cards I knew I had to have one! I will keep St. Isidore prominently displayed near my favorite blogging chair and pray the accompanying prayer often:
Prayer Before Logging Onto the Internet
Almighty and eternal God, who created us in Thy 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 Saint Isidore, bishop and doctor, during our journeys through the internet we will direct our hands and eyes only to that which is pleasing to Thee and treat with charity and patience all those souls whom we encounter. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
I realize that it really seems there’s a patron saint for everything (Beekeepers? Landscapers? Unattractive people? Yes to all three, seriously!), but I really didn’t think the Ancient and Apostolic Catholic Church would have established a saint for the internet, of all things. She’s hipper than I thought. Saint Isidore, pray for us (particularly, me)!