Today is the feast of St. Nicholas. We know a lot of legends about this saint — my personal favorite being when he threw bags of gold coins through a window (or down a chimney, depending on who is telling the story) for a poor man’s daughters. I probably love the story because I enjoy putting my shoe out for St. Nick the night before his feast and then finding chocolate gold coins in the morning. Sadly, he hasn’t visited me since I moved out of my parents’ house. Hmmm …
Anyways, there is more to St. Nicholas than gold coins or rumors that he is Santa Claus. He was the bishop of Myra in what is now Turkey and is most famous for his generosity to the poor. After his wealthy parents died when he was young, St. Nicholas used his entire inheritance to help the sick and suffering. His life is a poignant example for the Advent season. You can learn more about him in our Definitive Guide to Advent
Jennifer Rey is the web editor of Our Sunday Visitor Publishing.