December 25, 2013

FROM THE ARCHIVES : THE EVERYMAN SAINT:

Who is Saint Nicholas? : Writer Adam C. English explores the life of the man behind the myth in his book 'The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus.' (Randy Dotinga / December 25, 2012, CS Monitor)
 
Q: Who was Saint Nicholas in real life?
 
A: The historical Saint Nicholas was born around the late third century or early fourth century. He lived his life in what is now the southwest shores of Turkey. He served as a bishop, a Christian pastor of the church in Myra, doing good works of gift-giving and generosity, serving the people as a true civil servant. There are stories of him bartering with grain ships to get grain to save the starving people of Myra, going to the capitol to appeal for lower taxes, interfering in court cases and saving three men from beheading.

As a young man, he inherits gold from his parents, and he hears of a man in town who's become desperately poor and is thinking about selling off his own daughters. Nicholas bags up some of that gold and throws it through his window. It's used as a dowry for one of the daughters. He returns two times so the other daughters might be able to marry.

[originally posted : 12/25/12]

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