St Nicholas of Tolentino – Lover of God, Lover of the poor

St Nicholas, lover of children, born like Samuel, Samson and John the Baptist of barren parents, the gift of God to his parents, and his parents gift to God in return.
St Nicholas, who learnt to break bread with the poor long before he learnt to break the Bread of the Eucharist – risking his future in obedience to the God of the Poor and disobeying the voices of those who knew not the poor man of Nazareth.
St Nicholas, man of prayer who entered Love’s silence in order the proclaim Love’s Saving Word.
St Nicholas, vessel of God’s healing love, from whom healing and life flowed in all abundance, raising the dead, healing the woulds, setting free.
St Nicholas, God’s compassion to the prisoner, God’s protector and rescuer of the prostitute, listening with a gentle heart and an open mind.
St Nicholas, reaching in praying love beyond the bridge of death, holding the Departed in the purifying love of God. 
 
St Nicholas, inspirer of our mission, healer of our wounds!

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