Thursday, December 6, 2007
Feast of St. Nicholas
Today is the Feast of St. Nicholas. He was a fourth century bishop who went around doing good, giving gifts to the poor, and loving children. He was so loved that many countries still honor him and there are pictures and statues of him in churches throughout Europe. Santa Claus came years after this holy bishop. Even today, some put out shoes on the eve of his feast to be filled by him.
His feast reminds us that Christmas is coming. We need to be aware and prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus. In the midst of preparations for Christmas let us not forget the example of St. Nicholas.