Pray for me, St. Isidore of the Internet, for this afternoon I am overwhelmed by electronic tangles, by competing campus fiefdoms, and by the ideological and economic pressures for everything to be online.
“How does Saint Isidore of Seville become the patron saint for the Internet? The Observation Service for Internet, who drew its 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.’ “
[Retrieved October 9, 2013, from http://www.scborromeo.org/saints/isidores.htm and slightly edited for punctuation]