The Life of St. Nicholas

I spent most of my life not knowing how big my family really is.

When I became Catholic, it was like this curtain was opened and I was introduced to so many people!

“Hey!  Where did you guys come from?!”

Sure, I can’t see them physically.  My limitations are quite severe while I’m here on earth.  But it doesn’t mean that these people aren’t part of my family, and that when they died they quit participating as members of the body of Christ.

We are all part of the body of Christ, and He has only one body.  Christ doesn’t have one body on earth, and another in heaven.

Well, one of my favorite people I’ve gotten to know over the past few years is St. Nicholas.  He’s remembered every year during the Christmas season, although sometimes he’s referred to as Santa Claus.

There are so many great stories about the life of St. Nicholas.  Last year, I wanted to create something for my kindergarten CCE class so they could learn about St. Nicholas.  First, I went to the internet to see what was out there.  Once again, I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, so I gathered online resources and took to powerpoint.

Thanks to The St. Nicholas Center for all the free resources!  Please check out their site for what seems like an endless amount of activities about St. Nicholas.

I’ll be showing this to my kindergarteners the week before Christmas, and wanted to share it in case someone else was looking for something.  Again–please disregard my imperfect narration!

My favorite story about St. Nicholas I didn’t include in my presentation, due to the graphic nature of the story, so I’ll present it here.

Sometimes it’s a butcher, other times an innkeeper, but either way a small business owner was very wicked, and these stories led to St. Nicholas being the patron saint and protector of children.

The story goes that an innkeeper robbed and murdered three students traveling to Athens, and hid their remains in a large pickling tub.  St. Nicholas was traveling and happened to stay at the same inn.  During the night, he dreamed of the crime, got up and found the innkeeper.  He went to the pickling tub and prayed earnestly to God.  The students were restored to life.

In France, a butcher captures three small children, who had wandered while playing and gotten lost.  The Butcher chops them up and stores them in a large container, perhaps to pass them off as food for the townspeople.  St. Nicholas comes across the butcher shop, and is made aware of the crime.  He appeals to God and the children are restored to life.

I hope my video helps you get to know St. Nicholas!

If you’re interested in learning about the communion of saints and why Catholics talk to their brothers and sisters in heaven, check out Patrick Madrid’s article Any Friend of God is a Friend of Mine.  


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