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He is overshadowed on the Traditional Calendar by St. Didacus and St. Stanislaus Kostka, whose Feast Days are also on this day, and by Pope St. Leo the Great and Pope St. Gregory the Great, the two other Popes whom most Catholics know about who are given the title, "The Great", but in this day and age when mediocrity is usually considered great, and great is usually considered bad, this was truly a Pope who merited the title, "The Great."

Pope St. Nicholas I became Pope in the year 858 AD and reigned until 867 AD. The state of the Church was not good, to say the least, and the Empire of Charlemagne was in shambles. He became Pope 12 years after Rome had been sacked by Arab Muslims in the year 846 AD. Yet, he re-invigorated the Church in many ways.

He refused to grant Lothair, the King of Lorraine, a divorce when he wanted to exchange his wife for a mistress, deposed disobedient bishops, notably those of Cologne and Trier, withstood the assault of Emperor Louis II, re-instated bishops who were unjustly deposed, stood up to the Eastern Patriarch Photius, who was eventually deposed in favor of Ignatius, and encouraged St. Ansgar in his efforts to convert the Scandinavians.

Pope Nicholas the Great, ora pro nobis.

"The proposition that the principal articles of the Apostles' Creed did not have the same meaning for the Christians of the earliest times as they have for Christians of our time is hereby condemned and proscribed as erroneous."-Pope St. Nicholas the Great

http://saints.sqpn.com/pope-saint-nicholas-i/

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11054a.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Nicholas_I

http://www.cfpeople.org/Books/Pope/popep106.htm

http://www.catholic.org/encyclopedia/view.php?id=8448

http://www.traditioninaction.org/SOD/j15...1-13.shtml

http://www.orlok.com/nicholas.html
 
Ah!
I'm beginning to think that this "place" has something to do with Catholicism after all.
I was beginning to think that it was a place for backbiting and backslapping without fear of reprisal.

Thanks for the reminder about St. Nic.
(11-13-2009, 11:05 PM)Oldavid Wrote: [ -> ]Ah!
I'm beginning to think that this "place" has something to do with Catholicism after all.
I was beginning to think that it was a place for backbiting and backslapping without fear of reprisal.

Thanks for the reminder about St. Nic.

You're welcome, and also, a reminder that the "other" St. Nicholas, whom most of us are familiar with, has a Feast Day on December 6.

Interestingly enough, I was at a restaurant tonight with a friend and noticed one of the new waitresses' name was Nicole.
You have introduced me to a worthy namesake from a period of history I find increasingly interesting. Thank you.
(11-13-2009, 11:11 PM)CrusaderKing Wrote: [ -> ]
(11-13-2009, 11:05 PM)Oldavid Wrote: [ -> ]Ah!
I'm beginning to think that this "place" has something to do with Catholicism after all.
I was beginning to think that it was a place for backbiting and backslapping without fear of reprisal.

Thanks for the reminder about St. Nic.

You're welcome, and also, a reminder that the "other" St. Nicholas, whom most of us are familiar with, has a Feast Day on December 6.

Interestingly enough, I was at a restaurant tonight with a friend and noticed one of the new waitresses' name was Nicole.
 

I am proud to share the name of such great and holy saints.  It seems that both of those "St. Nics" that you mentioned are rather obscured in todays world.  St. Nicholas, whom the modern world refers to as "Santa Claus," was a great saint who did many wonderful things - and of course Pope St. Nicholas was indeed "Great."  -- But the modern neo-Catholics want to proclaim John Paul II as "The Great."  Hmmmm...

http://focusonjerusalem.com/popekissingtorah.jpg

I wonder what Pope St. Nicholas the Great would have said if he had seen John Paul II kissing the Koran - the religious book of his enemy.

Bumping this thread up today, as it's the Feast Day of Pope St. Nicholas I, and I encourage everyone to read about a Pope who wholeheartedly deserved the title of "The Great."
Another great man of God.

Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for bumping this up.  I had never heard of this Pope. 

Pope St. Nicholas, ora pro nobis.
I posted this two years ago today, and wanted to remind everyone of this unsung hero of the Church.

Pope St. Nicholas the Great, ora pro nobis!  Pray
(11-13-2009, 09:08 PM)CrusaderKing Wrote: [ -> ]stood up to the Eastern Patriarch Photius, who was eventually deposed in favor of Ignatius,

Ah but remember, Photius had usurped Ignatius.  After appealing to Rome, because Rome's authority was acknowledged by all of Christendom, Photius got very angry that Pope Saint Nicholas I was having none of his rubbish.

After he was removed, Ignatius re-instated etc., the silly people of the east put Photius back onto the Patriarchate..
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