[[Image:Isaac_of_Syria.jpg|thumb|right|Icon of St. Isaac of Syria]] '''Isaac of Syria''' is a 7th century [[saint]] known for his strict [[asceticism]].
He was born in the region of Qatar on the western shore of the Persian Gulf. When still quite young, he entered a [[monastery]] with his brother. He gained considerable renown as a teacher and was ordained [[bishop]] of Ninevah, the former capital of Assyria to the north, but requested to abdicate after only five months. He then went south to the wilderness of Mount Matout, a refuge for anchorites. There he lived in solitude for many years studying the [[Scripture]], but eventually blindness and old age forced him to retire to the monastery of Shabar, where he reposed and was buried. Feast day is [[January 28]]. Not to be confused with the other St. Isaac the Syrian, Abbot of Spoleto, who lived during the mid-sixth century ([[April 12]]).
* "Be persecuted, rather than be a persecutor. Be crucified, rather than be a crucifier. Be treated unjustly, rather than treat anyone unjustly. Be oppressed, rather than zealous. Lay hold of goodness, rather than justice." :::—St. Isaac of Syria * "A small but always persistent discipline is a great force; for a soft drop falling persistently, hollows out hard rock." :::—St. Isaac of Syria
* [http://www.roca.org/OA/137/137d.htm Pearls from Saint Isaac of Syria]
* [http://www.odyssey.on.ca/~paul.buis/frpius/desert06.html PEARLS of Saint Isaac from Syria]