St. Nicholas was born in AD 270 and became the Bishop of Myra in Lycia (modern day Turkey). He died on December 6, 343 leaving a legacy that would grow into a strong and multifaceted cult. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus, whose modern name comes from the Dutch
Source: St Nicholas Center St. Nicholas and Your Shoes! A St. Nicholas Day Tradition.
My Great-Grandpa came from Groningen, Netherlands and my Great-Grandma came from Medwahl, Netherlands. So being Dutch and Catholic I like this article, and the Traditions my Mom and Dad had at Christmas Time. They filled the Shoes and Socks, and added an Orange in the toe of the sock and lots of walnuts still in their shells. Our Toys were on a chair. Our socks and shoes were under it.
It was fun. However, I was very keen, that Christ’s Birthday was more important. We always went to 7am Mass every Sunday, stopped off at the Drug Store to get a newspaper and was home, by 8:30am. Or it seems by at least 9:00am.
10. There was a certain man among those who were recently famous and well-born, and he was a neighbor, his home being next to Nicholas’. Owing to the plotting and envy of Satan, who always has a grudge against those who prefer to live a life in accord with God, this man was squeezed by great poverty and lack of resources. He had gone from being well-off to extreme indigence. He had three daughters who were both shapely and very attractive to the eye, and he was willing to station them in a brothel so that he might thereby acquire the necessities of life for himself and his household. For no man among the lordly or powerful deigned to marry them lawfully, and even among the lower-classes and those who owned the least bit of something there was no one well-minded enough to do this. And so the man looked away from his salvation and, as it were, fainted at the thought of prevailing upon God with persistence and prayer. By this logic he came to assent to situating his daughters in the abyss of such dishonor.
11. But the Lord who loves humankind, who never wishes his own creation to become hostage to sin, sent him a holy angel — I mean the godlike Nicholas — both to rescue him, along with his whole household, from poverty and destruction, and to restore readily his previous prosperity. For when he learned of the situation, the man who was and who was proven to be the all-honored and truly faithful steward of the Lord pondered in his mind this advice of Solomon’s that is full of help: “God loves a person who is a cheerful giver” (Proverbs 22.8) and “The one who pities a beggar is himself nurtured” (Proverbs 22.9). And again: “Provide good things before God and humankind” (Proverbs 3.4). And that one from the same place that is apt in various ways: “Save those who are led away to death” (Proverbs 24.11). By the expenditure and very generous donation of his own money, Nicholas became a most ready resource for their defense, and he saved them, though they were already being led away to a death of profligacy.
Saint Nicholas ~ Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Please, Pray a Chaplet of Divine Mercy, for the repose of the soul of Nelson Mandela. If he was repentant, great. If not, then that’s that. End of his infamous reign, on earth.
Raymond Arroyo praised Mandela on EWTN’s “World Over Live.” You can always tell, when Mr. Arroyo hasn’t done his homework. He regurgitates what popular media says about an infamous man. Mandela introduced abortion, porn, sex trafficking, and sexual preference, in South Africa!!! That is a fact, EWTN never bothered to check, to their shame.
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Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.
For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †