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Saint Elizabeth Ann SetonSaint John NeumannSaint Simeon the StyliteSaint Gertrude of DelftSaint Raymond of Penyafort
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Saint Margaret of HungarySaint SebastianSaints Fabian and SebastianSaint AgnesSaint Vincent
Saint Ildefonsus of ToledoSaint Francis de SalesSaint Henry SusoSaint TitusSaint Angela Merici
Saint Thomas AquinasSaint John BoscoSaint BrigidSaint BlaseSt. Rabanus Maurus
Saint AgathaSaint Paul Miki and CompanionsSaint Josephine BSaint Jerome EmilianiSaint Miguel Febres Cordero
Saint ScholasticaOur Lady of Lourdes Saint Benedict of AnianeSaint Catherine dei Ricci Saint Valentine
Saints Cyril and MethodiusSaint Claude la ColombiereSeven Founders of the Order of ServitesBlesseds Fransisco and Jacinta Marto Saint Peter Damian
Chair of PeterSaint PolycarpSaint Ethelbert  Saint Alexander Saint Gabriel Francis Possenti
Saint Angela of Foligno Saint John Cassian Saint Katharine DrexelSaint CasimirSaint Colette
Saint Perpetua and Saint FelicitySaint John of GodSaint Frances of RomeSaint Dominic SavioSaint Frances of Rome
The Forty Martyrs of SebasteSaint Eulogius of CordobaSaint FinaSaint Louise de Marillac
Saint PatrickSaint Cyril of JerusalemSaint JosephSaint Martin of BragaSaint Nicholas of Flue
Saint Turibius of MongrovejoÓscar Arnulfo RomeroAnnunciation of the LordSaint BraulioSaint John Climacus
Saint Francis of PaolaSaint Isidore of SevilleSaint Vincent FerrerSaint John Baptist de la SalleSaint Julie Billiart
Dietrich BonhoefferSaint StanislausSaint Martin IDamien the Leper Saint Bernadette Soubirous
Saint AnselmSaint Theodore of Sykeon Saint GeorgeSaint Fidelis of SigmaringenSaint Mark
Saint AldobrandescaSaint Gianna Beretta MollaSaint Catherine of SienaSaint Pius VSaint Joseph the Worker
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Saints Nereus and AchilleusSaint John the SilentSaint MatthiasSaint Isidore the Farmer Saint Paschal Baylon
Saint John ISaint AlcuinSaint Bernardino of Siena Saint Constantine Saint Rita of Cascia
John Baptist de RossiSaint Vincent of LérinsSaint Bede the VenerableSaint Gregory VIISaint Philip Neri
Saint Augustine of CanterburySaint Bernard of MontjouxSaint Joan of ArcSaint JustinSaints Marcellinus and Peter
Saint Charles Lwanga and CompanionsSaint BonifaceSaint PhilipVenerable Matt TalbotSaint Anne Mary Taigi
Saint EphremSaint BarnabasSaint Anthony of PaduaSaint Lutgarde of AywièresSaint Romuald
Saint AlbanSaint Aloysius GonzagaSaint Thomas MoreSaint Paulinus of NolaSaints John Fisher and Thomas More
Saint Joseph CafassoThe Birth of John the BaptistSaint Prosper of AquitaineSaint Cyril of AlexandriaSaint Irenaeus
Saint Peter and Saint PaulVenerable Pierre ToussaintFirst Martyrs of the Church of RomeBlessed Junípero SerraSaint Thomas
Pier-Giorgio FrassatiSaint Elizabeth of PortugalSaint Anthony ZaccariaSaint Maria GorettiBlessed Peter To Rot
Saint Veronica GiulianiSaint BenedictSaint HenryKateri TekakwithaSaint Camillus of Lellis
Saint BonaventureOur Lady of Mount CarmelSaint MacrinaSaint Lawrence of BrindisiSaint Mary Magdalene
Saint Bridget of SwedenSaint JamesSaint Joachim and Saint AnnBlessed Rudolf AquavivaSaint Martha
Saint Peter ChrysologusSaint Ignatius of LoyolaSt. Alphonsus LiguoriSaint Peter Peter Faber (Favre)          Saint Eusebius of Vercelli
Saint John VianneyDedication of Saint Mary MajorFeast of the Transfiguration  Saint Sixtus II and CompanionsSaint Cajetan
Saint DominicSaint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross Saint LawrenceSaint ClareSaint Jane Frances de Chantal
Saints Pontian and HippolytusFather KolbeAssumption of Mary Saint Stephen of Hungary  Saint John Eudes
Saint Bernard of ClairvauxSaint Pius XSaint Rose of LimaSaint Joseph of CalasanzSaint Louis, King of France
Saint Joan Antide-Thouret   Saint MonicaSaint AugustineSaint Gregory the GreatBlessed Teresa of Calcutta
Birth of Mary Saint Peter Claver Saint John ChrysostomTriumph of the Cross Saint Catherine of Genoa
Saints Cornelius and CyprianSaint Robert BellarmineSaint JanuariusSaints Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and CompanionsSaint Matthew
Saint Padre Pio of PietrelcinaSaints Cosmas and DamianSaint Vincent de PaulSaint Wenceslaus
Saint Michael the ArchangelSaint JeromeSaint Thérèse of LisieuxGuardian Angels Blessed Mother Therese Guerin
Francis of Assisi Saint Faustina Kowalska Saint BrunoBlessed Marie-Rose DurocherOur Lady of the Rosary
Saint Pelagia the Penitent  Saint DenisSaint Francis BorgiaBlessed John XXIIISaint Wilfrid
Saint Callistus ITeresa of AvilaSaint HedwigSaint Ignatius of AntiochSaint Luke
Saints Isaac Jogues, John de Brébeuf, and CompanionsSaint Paul of the CrossSaint HilarionSaint John of Capistrano  Saint Anthony Mary Claret
Saints Simon and Jude All Saints DayAll Souls DaySaint Martín de PorresSt. Charles Borromeo
Saint BertillaSaint Théophane VénardSaint WillibrordSaint Elizabeth of the TrinityDedication of St. John Lateran
Saint Leo the GreatSaint Martin of ToursSaint JosaphatSt. Frances Xavier CabriniSaint Raphael Kalinowski
Saint Margaret of ScotlandSaint Elizabeth of HungarySaint Odo of ClunySaint Mechtild of MagdeburgPresentation of Mary
Saint CeciliaSaint Clement ISaint ColumbanBlessed Miguel Agustín ProSaint Flora
Saint Catherine of AlexandriaSaint Leonard of Port MauriceSaint Gregory of SinaiSaint Catherine LabouréSaint Andrew
Saint Edmund CampionSaint John RuysbroeckSaint Francis XavierSaint John of DamascusSaint Sabas
The Life and Legends of St. NicholasSaint NicholasSaint AmbroseFeast of the Immaculate ConceptionSaint Juan Diego
Saint Eulalia of MéridaSaint Damasus IOur Lady of GuadalupeSaint LucySaint John of the Cross
Saint Mary of the AngelsSaint OlympiasSaint FlannanSaint Peter CanisiusSaint John of Kanty
Saint Marguerite dYouvilleSaint Jacopone da TodiSaint Stephen Saint JohnSaint Thomas Becket
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The Life and Legends of St. Nicholas
Feast Day December 6

Sometime in the fourth century a man named Nicholas was elected bishop of Myra, now called Mugla in southwestern Turkey. After his death he was buried in his cathedral. These two sentences tell all that we know for sure about St. Nicholas.

Yet from ancient times Nicholas has been among the most celebrated saints. Somehow during the sixth century, a cult of Nicholas’s devotees grew extensively throughout the East. And in the ninth century a fictitious biography spread his following westward to Europe. When Muslims invaded Myra in 1087, Nicholas’s body was taken surreptitiously to Bari, Italy. Pope Urban II presided at the ceremony that enshrined his relics in a newly constructed church. From that time St. Nicholas has been universally venerated. For example, it is said that in the Middle Ages he was the saint most frequently depicted in art, second only to the Virgin Mary. Today this saint about whom we have so few facts durably maintains his worldwide popularity.

However, we all enjoy legends about St. Nicholas. All know, for example, the story of the generosity of young Nicholas to an impoverished neighbor. Here it is told by Jacob of Voragine in his famed thirteenth-century book of saints, The Golden Legend:

One of his neighbors, a nobleman, was so poor that he planned to deliver his three daughters to prostitution in order to make a living from the profits of their shame.

When Nicholas heard of this, he was horrified at the thought of such a sin. Wrapping a lump of gold in cloth, during the night he threw it through a window in his neighbor’s house. Then he fled without being seen. The next morning the man found the bundle of gold. Thanking God, he immediately arranged for his eldest daughter’s marriage.

A while later, St. Nicholas did the same thing a second time. Finding the gold, the neighbor broke out into great songs of praise. He determined in the future to watch and discover who was thus coming to the relief of his poverty.

A few days later a bundle of gold twice as large was thrown into his house. He heard the noise it made falling and set out in pursuit of Nicholas. He begged him to stop so he could see his face. He ran so fast that he caught up with the young man and recognized him. Throwing himself before him, he tried to kiss his feet. But Nicholas declined his thanks. He exacted a promise that the man would keep the secret of his deed until after his death.

“Threes” also play a role in other St. Nicholas legends. Nicholas is said to have personally obtained at Myra the release of three innocent men. And he miraculously appeared to the Emperor Constantine to rescue from death three falsely accused imperial officers. These latter reportedly had witnessed his intervention for the three men at Myra and had prayed for God to send Nicholas to their aid. Historians today regard as preposterous the take that Nicholas resurrected three children that an innkeeper had beheaded and pickled in brine. The story may have been started by people who mistook three bags of gold in pictures for three childrens’ heads.

The legends of the three gold bundles and the three children are probably behind the tradition of giving gifts on Nicholas’s feast day and at Christmas, which originated in Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Dutch settlers in the United States transformed St. Nicholas into the Santa Claus who now helps us celebrate the birth of Christ.

St. Nicholas is the patron saint of Greece, Russia, children, brides, pawnbrokers, merchants, sailors, and travelers. The feast day of St. Nicholas is December 6.


Voices of the Saints by Bert Ghezzi from Voices of the Saints: A 365-Day Journey with Our Spiritual Companions by Bert Ghezzi

 


 




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Thank you for providing teaching methods that we can use to reach our children and the people around us with our Lords love and wisdom.
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