Thursday, December 6, 2018

His Word Today: Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas
by Jaroslav Čermák
Good morning everyone,

Saint Nicholas of Myra (traditionally 15 March 270 – 6 December 343), also known as Nicholas of Bari, was an early Christian bishop of the ancient Greek city of Myra in Asia Minor (modern-day Demre, Turkey) during the time of the Roman Empire. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the Wonderworker. Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, children, brewers, pawnbrokers, and students in various cities and countries around Europe. His legendary habit of secret gift-giving gave rise to the traditional model of Santa Claus ("Saint Nick").

Nicholas' reputation for gift giving was born out of his awareness of great poverty and need - and his wish to demonstrate his deep belief that God is always close to his beloved children, always caring for them and for their needs.  Having read the words of Jesus in the scriptures: everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock (Mt 7:24), his deep concern for the wellness of the souls entrusted to his care provides us - even today - with inspiration to do the same.

Let us ask Saint Nicholas to pray with us today, to open our hearts to the needs of God's people and to inspire us to do what we can to lovingly respond to their needs.

Have a great day.

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