Today is the day in the church calendar in which we celebrate one of the most popular of the saints: Bishop Nicholas of Myra.
Nicholas lived during the fourth century. There are many stories about his love and care for children. He became the patron saint of children and, in a North American development, the giver of Christ-mas presents as Santa Claus. He is also a patron saint of Russia, sea-farers and pawnbrokers. There are many delightful legends told about Nicholas.
Today, take particular notice and care of the children you encounter. Give them the gift your time, your full attention and your encouragement.