“As iron sharpens iron, so man sharpens his fellow man.” (Proverbs 27:17).
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First, sacramental objects (Rosaries, medals, scapulars, etc.) only obtain their special nature through the Blessing of a priest (and sometimes deacon). In and of themselves, the sacramental objects possess no power. The significance of these items is drawn from the blessing, prayer and how they are utilized to draw the person closer to God. Sacrementals should be used as daily reminders to live a life of virtue - answering the call to universal holiness, even in our own ordinary lives.
To wear rosary beads as talismans or carry medals as "good luck" charms diminishes the objects to superstitious rubbish. The sacramentals should draw us deeper into prayer and a life more reflective of Christ and His saints.
St. Nicholas was the Bishop of Myra and is known as the patron of children. He was known for his special kindness toward the poor and needy. Learn the true story of the man who is known by many as Santa Claus.