Feast of Blessed Brother Isidore, Passionist


Blessed Isidore De Loor, known in the Passionist Congregation as Isidore of Saint Joseph, was born 13th April 1881, in the small town of Vrasene, located in the diocese of Gent-Gand, in Eastern Flanders. He was from a family of farmers, and he grew up loving his work in the fields. At the age of twenty-six he felt the call to the religious life, and entered the novitiate of the Passionist Congregation in Ere, where he was received as a lay-brother. He professed his religious vows on 13th September 1908. Thereafter he humbly served several communities of the Congregation; to his community service was joined an especially intense life of prayer and penance, in keeping with the spirit of the Congregation. His right eye had to be removed in 1911, because of a tumour. Among the religious of the congregation, and among the laity, he was admired for his charity and simplicity, his dedication to work and his spirit of recollection. Having suffered through several months of intense pain, he succumbed to cancer and pleurisy on 6th October 1916. Blessed Isidore was only thirty-five years of age, and had lived as a religious for only nine years. Many referred to him as “the good Brother” and “the Brother of the Will of God.”  Pope John Paul II, declared him Blessed the 30th September 1984.

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Blessed Isidore of St. Joseph at Wikipedia here

Blessed Isidore De Loor at the Belgium Passionists Website here

Blessed Isidore of St. Joseph at Answers.com  here

Beatification Homily of Pope John Paul II (in Italian)  here

From the Letters of Blessed Isidore, Religious

Look at this, already it is a year since my profession; and still I feel each moment more at home in the quiet life of the monastery. I cannot begin to describe for you the treasure which the Lord has given me by calling me to this state of life. Here, in fact, one lives far from that turbulent world which drags so many down with it to unhappiness and perdition; here one lives free from an excessive anxiety for the substance of life which must be provided daily. It is my total submission to obedience – whether I am praying or working to sleeping – that is most meritorious before God, who ever abandons his own who want to love him fully. Furthermore every day we religious have the joy of being united with Jesus in and through our Holy Communion, which strengthens us for bearing joyfully the burdens of the life and submitting ourselves to all things according to the will of God; this is a treasure very little recognized in the world and even less esteemed by it. What the world most desires is pleasure, even though it is so rarely achieved: and when it is, how fleeting it turns out to be and how near it is to death. No one ever thinks about this. With death everything ends. But I, who are a religious, have nothing, nor should become attached to anything – parents, family, worldly diversions – I am always ready to take my step toward eternity and receive from God the recompense promised to those who have left all things to follow him.


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