SAINT GAL, CALLED THE FIRST BISHOP OF CLERMONT,
HE was born about the year 489. His father George
was of the first houses of that province, and his mother Leocadia 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 Conrnon, 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; but, 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 forgot 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
east 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 553. He is mentioned this day in
the Roman Martyrology. See St. Greg. of Tours, his nephew, Vit. Patr.
c. 6. Hist. Franc.1. 4, c. 5; also the remarks of Mabillon, sec. 1.
Bened. Gall. Christ, Nov. t. 2, p. 237, and Selier the Bollandist, t.
1. Jul. p. 103.
called the Second, is honored at
Clermont on the 1st of November. He was bishop of that see in 650.
See Gall. Christ. Nova, t. 2, p. 245.