Saint Nicholas was born in Lycia in Asia Minor.
He is one of the most popular saints of the Church, even though there is scarcely anything historically certain about him except that he was Bishop of Myra in the fourth century.
As a young man he is said to have made a pilgrimmage to Palestine and Egypt in order to study in the school of the Desert Fathers. On returning some years later he was almost immediately ordained Bishop of Myra.
He was imprisoned during the Diocletian persecution and only released when Constantine the Great came to power and made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire.
He is also called Nicholas of Bari because his relics were taken to Bari by Italian merchants in 1087.
He is associated with Chirstmas because of the tradition that he had the custom of giving secret gifts to children, and is thus associated with Santa Claus in some countries.
He died on December 6th in 346.
The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard “delay,” but he is patient with you… 2 Peter 3:9
When I become aware of my forgetfulness and mistakes, then I become grateful for God’s patience with me. It’s a patience God gives to everyone because we never outgrow our need for it. Patience is a part of God’s forgiveness, and the gospel provides many examples for us to contemplate. The ultimate example was given to us as Jesus hung dying in agony on the cross. He asked his Father to forgive those who put him there because they did not know what they were doing. And then, after his resurrection, Jesus appeared to his apostles. Many of them had not understood him well, but Jesus, instead of admonishing them, filled them with the gift of the Holy Spirit. Through Jesus’ kindness and patience, the apostles found the strength to spread the gospel message, even at the cost of their lives. Jesus is the example of life-giving patience. Can we be patient with others as Jesus is patient with us.