Saint Gildas the Wise
Jan 29, 2015 / Written by: America Needs Fatima
Feast January 29
St. Gildas is considered to be the first British historian quoted by the Venerable Bede and Alcuin.
Gildas was born in Scotland of a noble British family. He was educated in Wales under St. Illtud and was the companion of St. Samson and St. Peter of Leon.
He embraced the monastic state and went to Ireland where he was ordained. From Armagh in Ireland he went to North Britain where his teaching was confirmed by miracles.
On returning to Ireland at the invitation of King Ainmire, he strengthened the faith of many and built monasteries and churches.
After a pilgrimage to Rome, his love of solitude led him to a hermetical life on the Island of Houat off the coast of Brittany.
Discovering his place of retreat, the Bretons convinced him to establish a monastery at Rhuys, on the mainland from whence he wrote his famous rebuke to five petty British kings and also to the clergy accusing them of sloth and simony.
His writings indicate a man of no small culture, scriptural knowledge and sanctity.
He died on January 29, the day his feast is celebrated.