Saint for the Day - July 1 - St. Gal
St. Gal was born at
Clermont in Auvergne, about the year 489. His father
was of the first houses of that province, and his
mother was descended from the family of Vettius
Apagatus, the celebrated Roman who suffered at Lyons
for the faith of Christ. They both took special care
of the education of their son, and, when he arrived
at a proper age, proposed to have him married to the
daughter of a respectable senator.
The Saint, who had taken a resolution to consecrate
himself to God, withdrew privately from his father's
house to the monastery of Cournon, near the city of
Auvergne, and earnestly prayed to be admitted there
amongst the monks; and having soon after obtained
the consent of his parents, he with joy renounced
all worldly vanities to embrace religious poverty.
Here his eminent virtues distinguished him in a
particular manner, and recommended him to Quintianus,
Bishop of Auvergne, who promoted him to holy orders.
The bishop dying in 527, St. Gal was appointed to
succeed him, and in this new character his humility,
charity, and zeal were conspicuous; above all, his
patience in bearing injuries. Being once struck on
the head by a brutal man, he discovered not the
least emotion of anger or resentment, and by this
meekness disarmed the savage of his rage. At another
time, Evodius, who from a senator became a priest,
having so far forgotten himself as to treat him in
the most insulting manner, the Saint, without making
the least reply, arose meekly from his seat and went
to visit the churches of the city. Evodius was so
touched by this conduct that he cast himself at the
Saint's feet, in the middle of the street, and asked
his pardon. From this time they both lived on terms
of the most cordial friendship. St. Gal was favored
with the gift of miracles, and died about the year
Saint for the Day - St. Gal
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Humility is the path which leads
to abiding peace and brings us
near to the consolations of God.
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