The Patron Saint of Outcasts

…and, gosh, do we need his help right now.




Today is the feast of Saint Giles, one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, miracle-worker and hermit. A vegetarian, Saint Giles lived on plants and berries and his sole companion was a hind. One day, Wamba, King of the Visigoths, was hunting and aimed for the deer: his arrow missed and hit Saint Giles,wounding him.

In honour of the hermit, Wamba built a monastery at Saint-Gilles-du-Gard.  Saint Giles’ name is invoked to cure childhood fears, convulsions and depression.  He is also, according to the website of Saint Giles in the Fields, in London, originally a leper hospital, the patron saint of lepers, disabled people and outcasts.




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