Extract from About St. Nicholas: “Nicholas came from one of the city’s wealthy merchant families, but he was not spoiled by his family’s wealth. His mother and father taught him to be generous to others, especially those in need. So Nicholas came to see that helping others makes one richer in life than anything else. One day, by chance, Nicholas heard about a rich man in Myra who lost all his money when his business failed. The man had three lovely daughters, all wishing to get married, but he had no money for their marriage. Besides, who would marry them, he thought, since their father is such a failure? With nothing to eat, the man in desperation decided to sell one of his daughters into slavery. At least then the rest of them might survive. That night before the first daughter was to be sold, Nicholas, with a small bag of gold in his hand, softly approached their house, and, tossing the gold through an open window, quickly vanished into the darkness. The next morning, the father found a bag of gold lying on the floor next to his bed. He had no idea where it came from. . . . The poor man fell to his knees and great tears came to his eyes. He thanked God for this beautiful gift. His spirits rose higher than they had been for a long time because someone had been so unexpectedly good to him. He arranged for his first daughter’s wedding and there was enough money left for the rest of them to live for almost a year.”
Saint Nicholas of Myra, Patron Saint of Children (Feast Date: December 6)
Extract from: Saint Nicholas of Myra: “Priest. Abbot. Bishop of Myra, Lycia (modern Turkey). Generous to the poor, and special protector of the innocent and wronged. Many stories grew up around him prior to his becoming associated with Santa Claus. . . . Upon hearing that a local man had fallen on such hard times that he was planning to sell his daughters into prostitution, Nicholas went by night to the house and threw three bags of gold in through the window, saving the girls from an evil life. These three bags, gold generously given in time of trouble, became the three golden balls that indicate a pawn broker’s shop. He raised to life three young boys who had been murdered and pickled in a barrel of brine to hide the crime. . . . Induced some thieves to return their plunder. This explains his protection against theft and robbery, and his patronage of them – he’s not helping them steal, but to repent and change. . . .During a voyage to the Holy Lands, a fierce storm blew up, threatening the ship. He prayed about it, and the storm calmed – hence the patronage of sailors and those like dockworkers who work on the sea.”
Saint Nicholas of Myra, Patron Saint of Turkey (Feast Date: December 6)
(b. 270 – d. 6 December 346) Extract from Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker (Multilingual): “Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker is the common name for Nicholas of Myra, a saint and Bishop of Myra (in Lycia, part of modern-day Turkey). Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the Wonderworker. 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 English name comes from the Dutch Sinterklaas. His reputation evolved among the faithful, as is common for early Christian saints. In 1087, his relics were furtively translated to Bari, in southern Italy; for this reason, he is also known as Nicholas of Bari.”
Wikipedia: Saint Nicholas
SAINTSSQPN: Saint Nicholas of Myra
CATHOLIC ONLINE: St. Nicholas
SANTOSCATOLICOS.COM: San Nicola di Bari Biografia, Festa, Immagini, Vita Santo Di Mira – Multilingual Links
SANTOPEDIA: Vida y milagros de San Nicolás de Bari
Nominis: Saint Nicolas de Myre
Sanctus.Pl: Święty Mikołaj, biskup
We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Nicolas of Myra on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:
Boat accident in Nigeria (December 13, 2011) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: December 19, 2011 – January 1, 2012.
Violence against Children in Somalia (Spring, 2011) (Ongoing) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: June 7 – June 19, 2011.
Flooding in Turkey (September 2009) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: September 28 – October 11, 2009.
That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.
Instructions for Praying World Mission Rosary: