No. 906 Diocese of Marbel, Philippines 6 December 2016
December 6 – memorial of St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra in Southwest Turkey, was imprisoned during Diocletian’s persecution (303-305). Attended the 1st Ecumenical Council at Nicaea. Famous for his pastoral care. His many charitable deeds became the basis for the figure of Santa Claus. Died circa 350. Let us “imitate his love of children, his care for the poor and his spirit of giving” (Living with Christ, December 2016, p. 79).