ST ISIDORE; BISHOP, CONFESSOR, AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH – FEAST DAY: APRIL 4
Isidore, a Spaniard by nationality, was born at Carthagena, while his father, Severian, was governor of the province. He received a well-rounded and pious training from his two brothers, Leander, Bishop of Seville, and Fulgentius, Bishop of Cartagena, and he came from his masters a most eminent scholar in all human knowledge and a pattern of all Christian virtues.
A most eminent scholar
After the death of Leander, he was raised to the See of Seville and made Vicar Apostolic of Spain. As a bishop he set an example in all good works and was especially solicitous in restoring ecclesiastical discipline. In a council assembled at Seville, he broke up and destroyed the heresy of the Acephali which was then threatening Spain.
A pattern of all Christian virtues
So great was the universal reputation that he had attained for piety and learning that he had scarcely been dead sixteen years when he merited to be called the Outstanding Doctor. He wrote most useful books full of learning. He presided over the fourth Council of Toledo, the most celebrated of all those convened in Spain. Finally, after having governed his See for about forty years, he went to heaven from Seville, in the year 636.
– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964