Today, December 6, is the Feast of St. Nicholas of Myra.
Nicholas was bishop of Myra in the fourth century. He was raised by Christian parents, but they tragically died during an epidemic when he was a young man. He was raised by his uncle, who was a bishop, and who would ordain Nicholas as a priest.
Upon the death of Nicholas’ parents, he inherited a great deal of money. He vowed to use this money for charity. When Nicholas heard of a man who had lost all of his money and was determined to sell his three daughters into prostitution, Nicholas made provisions for the man and his daughters with the money from his inheritance, thus saving the three girls from their father’s wicked designs. St. Nicholas is the patron saint of many causes, including sailors, children, Russia, and Greece. His saving the three girls makes him a perfect patron of those trapped in prostitution and human trafficking.
St. Nicholas, pray for us!
Be Christ for all. Bring Christ to all. See Christ in all.