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Monday, September 1, 2014

St. Giles

Ordinary Time: September 1st

According to tradition, St. Giles was born in Athens, Greece and was of noble extraction. After his parents died, he fled from his fatherland to avoid followers and fame. He went to France, and in a cave in a forest near the mouth of the Rhone, he was able to lead the life of a hermit. Legend notes a hind came everyday to his cell and furnished him with milk. One day the king's hunters chased the hind and discovered St. Giles and his secret hermitage. The hunters shot at the hind, but missed and hit Giles' leg with an arrow, which kept him crippled the rest of his life. He then consented to King Theodoric's request of building a monastery (known later as "Saint Gilles du Gard") and he became its first Abbot. He died some eight years later towards 712.

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