Saint Isidore of Seville was a Christian leader in Spain during the important transitional period between the classical era of the Roman empire and the early Middle Ages. He played a key role in converting the Visigoth rulers of Spain from Arianism to Nicene Christianity. But he is probably best known for his Etymologiae, an early attempt to compile an encyclopedia of Christian thought.
Isidore died on April 4, 636 after more than 30 years as the Archbishop of Seville. In honor of his ministry, today’s prayer comes from him.
Here we are before thee, O Holy Ghost.
We feel the burden of our infirmities,
but we are united all together in Thy name:
come to us, help us, enter into our hearts:
teach us what we should do,
the path to follow,
do for us what Thou askest us to do.
Be the only one to propose and guide our decisions,
because only Thou, with the Father and the Son,
hast a name that is glorious and holy.
Do not allow us to offend justice,
Thou, who lovest order and peace,
Let not ignorance lead us astray,
Let not human sympathy bias us,
Do not let people or office influence us.
Keep us intimately close to Thee
with the gift of Thy Grace,
so that we may be only one thing with Thee,
and nothing may separate us from the Truth.
Gathered in Thy Holy Name,
may we be good and firm,
so that all we do may be in one accord with Thee,
awaiting that the faithful fulfillment of our duty
may lead us to the eternal good.