Saturday, 18 October 2008

On the blog of Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (Fr Z) there is a prayer that he composed to be used before switching on the internet. It asks also the intercession of St Isidore of Seville as Patron Saint of the internet. If you ever wondered why this saint was chosen as patron of this modern medium, here is what Fr Z has to say about it: "You will want to know why people proposed St. Isidore for this role. I think it was probably because his most notable work, the Etymologiae, a massive encyclopedic work of 448 chapters in 20 volumes indexing just about everything people thought it was important to know at the time, was rather like a primitive database."

Anyway here is the prayer.

A prayer before logging onto the internet:

Almighty and eternal God,
who created us in Thy image
and bade us to seek after all that is good, true and beautiful,
especially in the divine person of Thy Only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
grant, we beseech Thee,
that, through the intercession 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.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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