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Looking for the Real St. Nicholas

December 4, 2022

What does a Nobel Peace Prize-winning social activist in India today have in common with a 3rd Century Saint from Asia Minor?  More than you might think.  It turns out that the young and innocent have needed defenders down through the ages.

While the real St. Nicholas of history is forever shrouded in legend, if we understand some of his context and era we can appreciate all the more how this saintly figure and protector of children transformed into the character we all know and love today.  If Steven Spielberg is reading this, there could be a really good movie in this material.