ST. MAGUIL, IN LATIN MADELGISILUS, RECLUSE IN
HE is said to have been a native of Ireland, and
the inseparable companion of St. Fursey, with whom he passed into
France. After the death of that saint (who is honored on the 16th of
January) Maguil retired among the monks of St. Riquier, whom he
exceedingly edified by his virtues; but fearing that the
extraordinary veneration in which he was held might expose him to the
suggestions of pride, he with the abbot’s leave hid himself in
the solitude of Monstrelet, upon the river Authie, where he served
God with new fervor in all the exercises of a contemplative life.
Here he was visited by a holy English recluse named Vulgan,†
with whom he contracted a strict friendship, and they afterwards
lived together for several years. The latter being seized with a
mortal illness, endeavored to comfort his companion, whose grief on
the occasion was excessive; and exhorting him to have sentiments more
becoming a Christian, “You should tremble,” says he,
“lest by this grief you offend God, and lose all the fruit of
your labors.’ The abbot and monks of St. Riquier, being
apprized of the situation of Vulgan, administered him the sacraments,
and after his death buried him in the chapel of the hermitage. St.
Maguil survived him but a short time, having died about the year 685.
His body was buried in the same tomb with that of his holy companion,
but was afterwards removed into a church of his name built near St.
Riquier. He is honored on this day, which is supposed to be the day
on which he died. See his life written in the twelfth age by Hariulf,
a monk of St. Riquier, and published with remarks by Mabillon sæc.
4; Bened. p. 2: it is also in the Bollandists, with the notes of
Henschenius and Papebroke.