Saint Giles (c. 650 – c. 710), also known as Saint Egidius, was a Christian hermit and abbott who lived during the 7th and 8th centuries. He is believed to have been born in Athens and later lived as a hermit in France. Giles is often depicted with a hind, a female deer, which is said to have nursed him in the wilderness. He attracted followers and established a monastic community, becoming known for his ascetic lifestyle and devotion to God. Saint Giles is venerated as the patron saint of disabled people, hermits, and woodland animals. His feast day is celebrated on September 1st. His life exemplifies solitude, contemplation, and a deep connection to nature and God.
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