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Lives of the Saints:

How They Changed the World

Saint Isidore of Seville (c. 560–636)

Saint Isidore of Seville (c. 560–636)

Patron saint of computers and the Internet

Feast day: April 4




Saint Isidore of Seville is celebrated as a bright scholar, but he hated schoolwork as a young man. One day, he noticed a timeworn stone well. He observed the grooves worn into the walls of the well by the persistent abrasion of wet ropes. Isidore realized that, just as a rope can make an impact on stone, his studies could also make an impact on him if he gave them the focus and time that they deserved. He soon became one of the most well-educated men of his time. Isidore assisted his brother, Saint Leander of Seville, with the conversion of the Visigoths. This conversion reunited Spain and made it an epicenter of learning and culture. He was a celebrated teacher, reformer, and writer. Saint Isidore of Seville was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XIV in 1722. Because of the many books he wrote, including a dictionary and encyclopedia, he is one of the patrons of computer users and the Internet. (Image in public domain-100)