ST. GUNDLEUS, CONFESSOR
THIS saint, who was formerly honored with great
devotion in Wales, was son to the king of the Dimetians in
South-Wales. After the death of his father, though the eldest son, he
divided the kingdom with his six brothers who nevertheless respected
and obeyed him as if he had been their sovereign. He married Gladusa,
daughter of Braghan, prince of that country, which is called from him
Brecknockshire, and was father of St. Canoc and St. Keyna. St.
Gundleus had by her the great St. Cadoc, who afterwards founded the
famous monastery of Llancarvan, three miles from Cowbridge, in
Glamorganshire. Gundleus lived so as to have always in view the
heavenly kingdom for which we are created by God. To secure this, he
retired wholly from the world long before his death, and passed his
time in a solitary little dwelling near a church which he had built.
His clothing was sackcloth, his food barley-bread, upon which he
usually strewed ashes, and his drink was water. Prayer and
contemplation were his constant occupation, to which he rose at
midnight, and he subsisted by the labor of his hands: thus he lived
many years. Some days before his death he sent for St. Dubritius and
his son St. Cadoc, and by their assistance, and the holy rites of the
church, prepared himself for his passage to eternity. He departed to
our Lord towards the end of the fifth century, and was glorified by
miracles. See his life in Capgrave and Henschenius, from the
collection of John of Tinmouth. See also bishop Usher.