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Each December we celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas. “The best-known story about Bishop Nicholas concerns his charity toward a poor man who was unable to provide dowries for his three daughters of marriageable age. Rather than see them forced into prostitution, Nicholas secretly tossed a bag of gold through the poor man’s window on three separate occasions, thus enabling the daughters to be married. Over the centuries, in honor of St. Nicholas' generosity, the custom of gift-giving on the saint’s feast day developed. In English-speaking countries, St. Nicholas became, by a twist of the tongue, Santa Claus..." (see Franciscan Media for more). His generosity was truly transformational for the women and their families. The Christmas season is a time to explore generosity. God’s generosity in his self-gift in Jesus is truly ineffable.
Reflection: Take some time to visit with Jesus about generous, transformational giving this season. Explore with Jesus ways to make a transformational difference in someone’s life, like St. Nicholas did.
— Deacon Danny Hartnedy