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Saint Giles

Saint Giles

Feast Day
Sep 01, 2012
Beggars, Blacksmiths, Breast Cancer, Breast Feeding, Cancer Patients, Disabled People, Epilepsy
<p>Patronage &ndash; Beggars, Blacksmiths, Breast Cancer, Breast Feeding, Cancer Patients, Disabled People, Epilepsy, Fear of Night, Noctiphobics, Forests, Hermits, Horses, Lepers, Mental Illness, Outcasts, Poor People, Sterility, Domestic Animals</p> <p>St. Giles was born in Athens, and he was the son of King Theodore and Queen Pelagia of Athens.&nbsp; Giles being humble, didn&rsquo;t want the publicity of his noble birth, and withdrew deep into the forest near Nimes, in France, where he spent many years in solitude.&nbsp; His sole companion was a deer, who according to stories sustained him with her milk.&nbsp; He also lived on a vegetarian diet.&nbsp; Most artwork depicts him with is deer.&nbsp;</p> <p>The King&rsquo;s hunters, who had looked for a place of refuge for the night, finally discovered his solitude.&nbsp; The next day an arrow was shot at a deer, but instead wounded the saint, thus becoming the patron saint of handicap persons.&nbsp; The King, who by legend was Wamba, developed a high esteem for the hermit, whose humility was heroic.&nbsp; He rejected all honors, and the king built him a monastery in his valley, Saint-Gilles-du-Gard, which eventually was placed under the Benedictine rule, years later.&nbsp; He was eventually ordained a Priest, and became Abbot of that monastery, and a town grew around it. &nbsp;</p> <p>St. Giles fame soon spread far and wide, and many miracles were manifested with his intercession in life, and later at his tomb.&nbsp; He had the gift to see deeply into the soul, and on one occasion the king had not made a full confession to St. Giles.&nbsp; St. Giles spoke to him about the error of not making a full confession, and the king quickly corrected that and found peace.&nbsp; From then on, the king would beg Giles to leave his humble surroundings, but it was always in vain.&nbsp; St. Giles eventually died in 710 at that monastery, with the highest reputation for sanctity and continued miracles. &nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>Practical Take Away</strong></span></p> <p>St. Giles shows us that we can seek God out, and make Him our priority, no matter where we are born.&nbsp; He was born to the king and queen of Athens, but left that life and lived in solitude in a woods, so he could speak solely to God, without any disruptions from the world.&nbsp; He went on to found a monastery, and after being ordained a Priest, became its Abbot.&nbsp; He continually walked away from wealth and comfortable surroundings to live a simple life.&nbsp; This lifestyle won the favor of God, and was well known for his many miracles, both in life and after death; So much so, that he is recognized in the Church as one of the &ldquo;Fourteen Holy Helpers&rdquo;&rsquo; a group of Saints invoked with special confidence because &ldquo;they proved themselves efficacious helpers in adversity and difficulties&rdquo;. &nbsp; These Fourteen Holy Helpers are invoked as a group.&nbsp; Here are the &ldquo;Fourteen Holy Helpers&rdquo; that the Church has assembled, to be invoked as a &ldquo;group&rdquo; for miracles, with confidence. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>St. Achatius &ndash; Helpful advocate in death, against headaches</p> <p>St. Barbara &ndash; Mighty patroness of the dying, against fever and sudden death</p> <p>St. Blaise &ndash; Zealous Bishop and benefactor of the poor, against ills of the throat</p> <p>St. Catherine of Alexandria &ndash; Defender of the Faith, against sudden death</p> <p>St. Christopher &ndash; Intercessor in Dangers, against plagues and sudden death</p> <p>St. Cyriacus &ndash; Terror of Hell, against temptations &ndash; especially at death</p> <p>St. Denis &ndash; Shining mirror or faith and confidence, against headaches</p> <p>St. Erasmus &ndash; Protector of the oppressed, against abdominal maladies</p> <p>St. Eustachius &ndash; Patience in adversity, against family trouble&nbsp;</p> <p>St. George &ndash; Martyr of Christ, protection of domestic animals</p> <p>St. Giles &ndash; Despiser of the world, against plagues and good confession</p> <p>St. Margaret of Antioch &ndash; Champion of the faith, safe childbirth</p> <p>St. Pantaleon &ndash; Exemplar of Charity, for physicians and protector of animals</p> <p>St. Vitus &ndash; Protector of Chastity, against epilepsy</p>