St. Nicholas was born around 1246 and lived until 1305.
He was a great friend of the poor and worker of miracles, but is know today, principally, as a great patron of the souls in purgatory. He encouraged devotion to those souls and directed those around him to offer up prayers and good works on their behalf.
While the earthly remains of St. Nicholas are in Tolentino, Italy, his memory is preserved in the Augustinian church in Rome. I stopped by this morning for a quick visit:
|The Basilica of St. Augustine, Rome|
Tommaso Salini, St. Nicholas overcoming the devil, the world, and flesh, oil on canvas (beginning of the 17th century)
G.B. Ricci, Episodes from the life of St. Nicholas and St. Gregory the Great, frescoes (after 1585)
Andrea Lilli, St. Jerome, St. Ambrose, and St. Augustine, frescoes (after 1585)
|P. Gagliardi, The vision of St. Nicholas during the Mass, fresco (about 1861)|
P. Gagliardi, The end of the plague in Cordoba, fresco (about 1861)
|Under another altar in the church|
Left reliquary: St. Fortunata and St. Pia, martyrs
Right reliquary: Ampule of the blood of St. Nicholas of Tolentino and relics of St. Onorio and St. Giustino, martyrs