ST. ISIDORE OF PELUSIUM
HE was a monk from his youth, and became superior
of a monastery in the neighborhood of that city, in the fifth age.
Facundus and Suidas assure us that he was promoted to the dignity of
priest. He was looked upon as a living rule of religious perfection,
and treated by his patriarch, St. Cyril, and the other prelates of
his time, as their father. He chose St. Chrysoslom for his model. We
have still extant two thousand and twelve of his letters, abounding
with excellent instructions of piety, and with theological and
critica learning. They are concise, and the style natural, very
elegant, agreeable full of fire and penetration. Possevin laments
that they are not in use as a classic author for the Greek language.
His prudence, undaunted zeal, profound humility, ardent love of God,
and other virtues shine admirably in them. He died about the year
449. See Photius, Bibl. Cod. 232 and 228. Tillem. t. 15, p. 97.
Bolland. 4 Feb p. 468.