A friend was struggling. You could see it in his eyes and in his growing estrangement from his family and from church. I prayed for him, sensing he was headed for deep trouble. And since the need was so great and the crisis so near, I entrusted my friend to the care of St. Nicholas of Myra.
This bishop of the early church—the real person behind the figure of Jolly Old Saint Nick—might not strike you as an obvious choice...
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