Old St. Nick
Happy St. Nicholas Day!
Here’s something Peter Enns posted last year:
Nicholas was a beast. Mother Teresa, Oskar Schindler, and Samuel L. Jackson all rolled into one. What an absolute crushing beast.I like the icon–his eyes. He is looking off to the side, like he’s annoyed about having to sit there for a portrait while people in need were suffering.
And John Leek briefly reminds us that St. Nicholas had his faults: he slapped Arius at the Council of Nicea:
Here’s an old 1888 painting: Saint Nicholas of Myra saves three innocents from death.
Here are some blog posts from 2011:
And, here are some additional resources:
At Christianity Today: The Real Saint Nicholas: The story of Santa Claus's namesake by Ted Olsen
I think the Wikipedia article on St. Nicholas is quite good.
Some Roman Catholic bloggers wrote about St. Nicholas a few years ago:
- Mike Aquilina on St. Nicholas Day
- Joshua Hearne on Nicholas: Generous Wonder Worker, Anonymous Gift Giver.
And, Church historian Chris Armstrong wrote: Happy Feast Day of the (real) St. Nick!