DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     May 15-17, 1998     vol. 9, no. 95


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Friday, May 15, 1998

    Friday, May 15:
    Friday in the Fifth Week of Easter and
    Feast of Saint Isidore the Farmer, married man

    White vestments

      First Reading: Acts 15: 22-31
      Psalms: Psalm 57: 8-12
      Gospel Reading: John 15: 12-17


      Not to be confused with Saint Isidore of Seville who lived six centuries before, this Saint Isidore was born in Madrid, Spain and farmed the fertile land of a wealthy Madrid nobleman. From his early days Isidore was devoted to God and never missed a day of Mass, often being accused of neglecting his work. However, Isidore replied to his employer, "I know, sir, that I am your servant but I have another Master as well, to Whom I owe service and obedience." The nobleman employer was understanding for he beheld two strangers helping Isidore plough and understood them to be angels to make up the work Isidore missed while at Mass. He grew to love Isidore and offered him riches, but Isidore gracefully declined, asking that the money go to the poor to whom he had a great love, often bringing food to those less fortunate. He tended all the livestock with love for they, too, were God's creatures. He died peacefully on May 15, 1130 and since his canonization has been revered as the Patron of Farmers.

Saturday, May 16, 1998

      First Reading: Acts 16: 1-10
      Psalms: Psalm 100: 1-3, 5
      Gospel Reading: John 15: 12-17

SUNDAY, May 17, 1998

      First Reading: Acts 15: 1-2, 22-29
      Psalms: Psalm 67: 2-6, 8
      Second Reading:Revelation/Apocalypse 21: 10-14, 22-23 Gospel Reading: John 14: 23-29

Monday, May 18, 1998

    Monday, May 18:
    Monday in the Sixth Week of Easter and
    Feast of Saint John I, Pope and Martyr

    White and/or Red vestments

      First Reading: Acts 16: 11-15
      Psalms: Psalm 149: 1-6, 9
      Gospel Reading: John 15: 26-27; 16: 1-4


      The 53rd successor of Peter, Pope Saint John I was born in Tuscany and became a priest and then bishop before being elected Pope on August 13, 523. John was asked to go to Constantinople to settle issues regarding the Arians for the Arianism heresy was running rampant. He became the first pope to visit Constantinople and while there he crowned Justinian emperor. This did not sit well with his rival, the ribald Theodoric who retaliated violently by invading Italy and imprisoning the Pope, accusing John of treason and threw him into shackles in Ravenna where he died on this day in 526 of neglect and starvation.

May 14, 1998       volume 9, no. 94


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