Monday, December 6, 2010

This makes me think.... about St Nick

Happy St. Nicholas Day!
O good holy Nicholas, 
you who brought joy to children, 
put in my heart the spirit of childhood
about which the Gospel speaks. 
Teach me how to sow
happiness around me.
From the Catholic Encyclopedia at New Advent:

(Also called NICHOLAS OF BARI).
Bishop of Myra in Lycia; died 6 December, 345 or 352. Though he is one of the most popular saints in the Greek as well as the Latin Church, there is scarcely anything historically certain about him except that he was Bishop of Myra in the fourth century....
The following places honour him as patronGreeceRussia, the Kingdom of NaplesSicilyLorraine, the Diocese of Liège; many cities in ItalyGermanyAustria, andBelgium; Campen in the NetherlandsCorfu in GreeceFreiburg in Switzerland; and Moscow in Russia. He is patron of mariners, merchants, bakers, travellers, children, etc. His representations in art are as various as his alleged miracles. In GermanySwitzerland, and the Netherlands, they have the custom of making him the secret purveyor of gifts to children on 6 December, the day on which the Church celebrates his feast; in the United States and some other countries St. Nicholas has become identified with Santa Claus who distributes gifts to children on Christmas eve. 
His relics are still preserved in the church of San Nicola in Bari; up to the present day an oily substance, known as Manna di S. Nicola, which is highly valued for its medicinal powers, is said to flow from them.

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