A Miracle at Bates Memorial: A story of sensory kids at church

A Miracle at Bates Memorial: A story of sensory kids at church

If you have a sensory kid, a child who with sensory processing differences, your child may struggle with behavioral expectations at church. You may have worried that your child would have a complete and total meltdown at church. Your child may have actually had a...
Three boys in a pickling tub

Three boys in a pickling tub

In Medieval Europe, the most common image of St. Nicholas shows him standing over three small children in a wooden tub. The image illustrates an odd story that was told and believed for centuries. The story began as the story of the three innocent men whom St....
St. John Cassian and St. Nicholas

St. John Cassian and St. Nicholas

There are at least two versions of this folk tale about St. John Cassian and St. Nicholas. If you don’t know St. John Cassian you should. He was a theologian and deacon who worked with St. John Chrysostom. He brought monasticism from Egypt to the Western church. His...
St. Nicholas, deliverer from famine

St. Nicholas, deliverer from famine

When Nicholas was Bishop of Myra, a great famine came over the land of Lycia. Hunger and death became familiar companions. The bishop prayed for his people, of course. But even he could not turn stones into bread. When Bishop Nicholas finished his prayers, he walked...
St. Nicholas, patron of sailors

St. Nicholas, patron of sailors

There was another Nicholas, a sailor, who lived near the same time and place as Nicholas the Bishop of Myra. It’s likely that some of the stories about St. Nicholas rescuing sailors were originally told about that St. Nicholas. But over time, the stories were...
Some of my favorite Christmas picture books

Some of my favorite Christmas picture books

When my children were young, I gave them each a Christmas picture book on St. Nicholas Day. I’d wrap the books, and they’d find them at their seat at the breakfast table. I still love Christmas picture books. Here are a few of my favorites. (The book...

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