Saturday, March 28, 2009

Isidore of Seville - Patron Saint of: computers, computer users, computer programmers, Internet

[Thanks to Crank Bait....]

Isidore of Seville Born: c.560 in Cartagena, Spain Died: April 4, 636 Feast Day: April 4 Patron Saint of: computers, computer users, computer programmers, Internet

[Last paragraph following a long and interesting--really!-- biography]:

...So, how does Saint Isidore of Seville become the patron saint for the Internet? The Observation Service for Internet, who drew it's mission from the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, researched the Internet and related technologies to select a patron saint that best reflects the concerns and ideals of computer designers, programmers and users. The saint chosen by the Observation Service for Internet was Saint Isidore. "The saint who wrote the well-known 'Etymologies' (a type of dictionary), gave his work a structure akin to that of the database. He began a system of thought known today as 'flashes;' it is very modern, notwithstanding the fact it was discovered in the sixth century. Saint Isidore accomplished his work with great coherence: it is complete and its features are complementary in themselves.

More Weird But Sorta Cool Stuff About St. Isidore

We are all in the monestary of the Internet, so speak softly:

The Order of Saint Isidore of Seville is an Internet-based organisation. The Order was formed on 1st January 2000 to celebrate the beginning of Christ's Third Millennium, to honour Saint Isidore of Seville and to promote the ideals of Christian chivalry through the medium of the Internet. In short, they pledge to use the Internet only for good and to encourage others to do so. It is perhaps best said in the prayer to Saint Isidore which is on its website. ---- Here is the latter portion of the prayer to Saint Isidore:

...grant 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 [no S&M!] and treat with charity and patience all those souls whom we encounter... [no snarking!] --------------- Excerpts taken from:


because St. Isidore helps those who give attribution to others.

Patron Saint of Direct Dialing

Does that mean when my cable modem goes down Submitted by cent on Thu, 03/26/2009 - 12:18pm. it is an act of god...? ----- It DOES raise questions.

Does the installation of a UPS reveal a lack of faith?

What if the magnet in the base of my plastic St. Isidore icon wipes my hard drive?

I just discovered that St. Gabriel the Archangel is the patron saint of telecommunications, so you need to know something about the problem before you go praying to patron saints willy-nilly.

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