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Published on Dec 6, 2017
On December 6th, Holy Church celebrates the great feast of St. Nicholas. On the evening before St. Nicholas Day, especially in European countries, children place little shoes outside the doors of their homes or perhaps near their bedsides. If they have been good, he fills their shoes with delicious fruits, nuts, and candies. But if they have not been good, they may find potatoes, coal, or twigs in their shoes. If we don’t necessarily use shoes, many within our country will use stockings hung on the fire place mantle. What many people forget about St. Nicholas is his profound love for the Christ Child and his love of Catholic Truth. During his time as bishop, there was a horrible heresy that denied the divinity of Christ. This false teaching was preached by a priest named, Arius and the heresy bears his name…Arianism. St. Nicholas not only did acts of charity and dropped off gifts of gold in people’s homes, he also defended the teachings of the apostles. St. Nicholas began by preaching so wonderfully on the divinity of Christ, that the evil and false teaching of Arianism was firmly rejected by the people of his diocese. In addition, St. Nicholas attended a very important Church council in the city of Nicea. While at the Council of Nicea, St. Nicholas, in a moment of holy zeal, rose up and struck Arius forcefully to the ground. The Emperor Constantine and some of the bishops present, removed Nicholas from the council chambers, stripped him of his office, took away his episcopal robes, miter, and crosier, and imprisoned him. Both our dearest Lord and His Blessed Mother visited Nicholas in his cell. The Son of God and Son of Mary asked Nicholas why he was behind bars. Nicholas simply answered…Because of my love for You. Soon Jesus and Mary restored his bishop’s robes, his miter, and his crosier, as well as giving him the Sacred Scriptures to study while in jail. When the emperor heard of this miraculous visitation, Constantine fully restored Nicholas and allowed him a place at the council. For more please visit http://www.reginaprophetarum.org & remember to say 3 Hail Marys for the priest