Tuesday, September 28, 2021

‘St Isidora and Us’


We delight in scientific reason;

You feigned madness before others.


We crave boisterous banter with friends;

You refused to eat a meal with sister nuns.


We desire the choicest foods and finest flavors;

You drank the wash-water of the dishes.


We preen upon our lofty occupations;

You did not raise yourself above a kitchen maid.


We obsess over germs and cleanliness;

You wore an old rag upon your head.


We loathe the rebukes of our neighbors;

You delighted in the scorn of your sisters.


We dream of becoming celebrities;

You fled your convent for the wilderness and died

In an unknown place to escape your sisters’ praise.


The great Abba Pitirim bowed and asked your blessing;

He will ask nothing of us, but give instead:

The sternest curses to our God-hating hearts.


A life of St Isidora may be read here:



Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!

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