Gerald of Aurillac


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confessor. Gerald had poor health from an early age and gave much time to prayer and study instead of martial pursuits; when he became count of Aurillac on his father's death, he continued to lead a devout life with almsgiving, fasting, and prayer. He founded a monastery and built a church at Aurillac, thought of becoming a monk there, but was dissuaded by Gausbert, bishop of Cahors, who told him he would be more useful devoting himself as a layman to his neighbours and dependants. He became blind for the last seven years of his life. Feast: 13 October.

Good contemporary Life by Odo of Cluny in AA.SS. Oct. VI (1794), 277–332 (Eng. tr. G. Sitwell, Lives of Odo of Cluny and Gerald of Aurillac (1958), A. Poncelet, ‘La plus ancienne Vie de S. Géraud d'Aurillac’, Anal. Boll., xiv (1895), 88–107; see also ibid. (2000), 47 et seq. for his miracles; B.L.S., x. 85–6.

Subjects: Christianity.

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