Or dead in the case of St. Isodore of Seville
(560-636). It was only this week that it was revealed to me that this worthy gentleman is the Catholic church's leading candidate to be the Patron Saint of the Internet. Just what we need and who better?
He was a seventh-century Spanish encyclopedist, Saint Isidore of Seville (560-636). A theologian and a scholar, Isidore is best known for his massive, 20-volume Etymologiae, an attempt at compiling all the world's knowledge, covering grammar, medicine, law, geography, agriculture, theology, cooking and all points between.
Saint Isidore by Murillo
There are several other candidates but none seem to have their own sophisticated web site offering a Prayer Before Logging On
.Lord, keep me from drooling over Internet porn, spreading spam and wasting my day with online games.
Sorry, wrong one. I meant this one:Almighty and eternal God, we beseech thee that, through the example 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. Amen.
Tomorrow: God and the World Cup