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Jolly Old St. Nick

His generosity and wonderworking were fabled in Christendom.

Dec 3, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 12 • By DAWN EDEN
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In this light, a bit of trivia that English tosses out in his final chapter reveals what is perhaps the most prophetic aspect of Nicholas’s legacy. Some of the saint’s bones that had been given to the St. Nicholas (Greek Orthodox) Church in Lower Manhattan were destroyed in the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. There is something poignant about the ashes of those killed by radical Islamist hatred being mingled with the remains of a saint who devoted his life to serving the God of love. Between the lines of English’s book shines the witness of a holy man whose courage and devotion can prepare us to face the ghosts of Christmases yet to come.

Dawn Eden is the author, most recently, of My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints.