Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Feast of St. Nicholas

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By Bjoertvedt (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) 
or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Thom Peters

On this, the feast day of Saint Nicholas, stories of “hope” abound in the words, thoughts and prayers of every child and everyone who remembers being a child. The reason Nicholas has become the patron saint of children stems from a story of his secretly supplying the dowry for three daughters of a poor man.  Without his gifts, the daughters likely faced a future of prostitution and certain poverty.  Imagine the happiness of the children and the parent.  

Such is the life-giving gift of those who seek Jesus.  He gives us “Ho- ho- hope” when no hope seems to exist. 

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