In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Today, December 6th is the Feast of St. Nicholas, the patron of our own St. Nicholas Catholic school here in Regina. He was a much-admired bishop who lived in the 4th century. St. Nicholas living like Jesus, sold what he owned and gave all his money and life to the poor. He dedicated his life to serving God and was known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need and his love of children. Some Dutch people liked to call St. Nicholas, Bishop Sinter Klaas, for his love of all children. Over time Sinter Klaas morphed into a Santa Claus. Many folks today never link the Jesus behind St. Nicholas and St. Nicholas himself to the true spirit of Christmas.
Loving Jesus, teach us to be like St. Nicholas. Help us to put our own wants aside and remember the needs of others. Forgiving Jesus, help us to remember the special meaning of Christmas as we make room in our hearts for your wondrous coming.
In Canada, December 6th, is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
We pray for the safety of all God's people, and for help in preventing and eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls. Let us start in our own school community by respecting each other, celebrating our differences, and working out peaceful solutions to problems.
We conclude with our Advent Prayer:
God's hope to direct me.
God's love to surround me.
God's joy to warm me.
God's peace to comfort me.
Bless our Advent journey to Christmas with light and patience,
With St. Nicholas at our side we continue our day in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.