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Regina Catholic School Division
December 6

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Today's purple candle this second week of Advent, is called the "love" candle.  The light of this candle reminds us of the coming of Jesus, the light of our world, who brings us hope and fills us with God's love – if we let him.

Today, is the Feast of St. Nicholas, the patron of our own St. Nicholas Catholic school here in Regina.  Nicholas 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 his life in service to the poor.  He dedicated his life to serving God and was known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need as well as his love for children.  

Some Dutch people liked to call St. Nicholas, Bishop Sinterklaas, for his love of all children.  Over time the name Sinterklaas morphed into "Santa Claus".  Many folks today never link the Jesus behind St. Nicholas and St. Nicholas himself to the true faith-filled spirit of Christmas as in the case of the strong image in our heads where Sinterklaas turned into Santa Claus with a bottle of Coke in his hand.

Let refocus in prayer:

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 today especially 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.