The local Bishop Nicholas of Patara was the Uncle of Saint Nicholas, his father’s brother. Having seen his nephew’s spiritual fervour, he tonsured him reader and later Ordained him a Priest. Because of the great Spirituality, love and charity he showed to all, Saint Nicholas was in turn loved by all and Ordained a Bishop.
“Children, I beseech you to correct your hearts and thoughts, so that you may be pleasing to God. Consider that although we may reckon ourselves to be righteous and frequently succeed in deceiving men, we can conceal nothing from God. Let us therefore strive to preserve the Holiness of our Souls and to guard the purity of our bodies with all fervour. Ye are the Temple of God, says the Divine Apostle Paul; if any man defile the Temple of God, him shall God destroy.”