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October 6 – Beatification Homily for Br. Isidore

5 October, 2019

vintage-reliquary-blessed-isidore-de_1_26f9f204fa0501740198262eec4650bfTaken from the Beatification Homily of Blessed Isidore De Loor, given by Saint Pope John Paul II, 30 September 1984:

In Blessed Isidoro De Loor we are able to contemplate above all the face of the suffering Christ, in whom God’s infinite love is revealed. The new blessed was able to grasp the supreme and absolute value of the will of God, and committed himself to doing it in his own existence with love and trust, following the example of Jesus Christ, who always moved, even when it came to taking the cross, to do what was pleasing to the Father. Such was the docility and readiness with which Blessed De Loor gave himself completely to the will of the Lord, to follow Jesus crucified and risen, to be called “brother of the will of God”. Struck by one of the most widespread diseases of our century, cancer, brother Isidoro prepared himself for death with the same docility, with which he had lived,

The new blessed invites each of us to the feet of Christ who died for love, exhorting us to unite our labors and our sufferings with those of Christ, to find the salvific and constructive meaning of work, pain and fatigue, and receive answers valid for the questions of existence (cf. Ioannis Pauli PP. II, Salvifici Doloris , 31). The new blessed Isidoro De Loor is certainly, for our age desiring an sometimes equivocal independence, a providential and fascinating example of growing conformity to the will of the heavenly Father in the following of Christ Jesus. Some of his contemporaries, witnesses of the life of Brother Isidoro of St. Joseph they called him “the brother of the will of God”. May the blessed help us all to advance in the understanding and daily fulfillment of the Lord’s plan for our existence. There is no other way to true happiness!

October 6 – Blessed Isidore De Loor

5 October, 2019

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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.

October 6 – Blessed Isidore, Passionist

5 October, 2019

man_of_sorrows_2001“Long before he heard about the Passionists, Isidore used to turn his mind to the Passion of Christ. He was a member of the Confraternity of the Stations of the Cross and every Sunday at least he made the Stations. There were quite a few people who did, mostly elderly though, but that was no deterrent for him. And when he was in pain, as he often was, he was heard to say that Our Lord surely must have suffered worse than that. If a special devotion to the Passion of Christ was one of the reasons why Fr. Bouckaert directed Isidore to the Passionists, it is not on record.

Shortly after joining the Passionists, however, the theme of the Passion of Christ appears in most of his letters. “Being mindful of the Passion of Our Lord, that is what the Passionist is really about”, he wrote. He explains to his parents how he is learning to pray without a book or anything, just with the heart, and the evening hour of meditation is mostly on the Passion.

We know through a note of Fr. Sebastian how fast a progress he made. He never changed the method he had learned in the novitiate. No mystical elevation, but an affectionate remembrance of how much our Lord has suffered for us, of how much love He has shown us in doing so. The thought of the sufferings of Jesus is our strength in our own sufferings and trials. It is all very simple and genuine.”

[The life of Brother Isidore De Loor, C.P., by Marcellus Claeys, C.P. 1976]