nj2.jpg|100px|left]] Our father among the [[ saints]] '''[[ Nicholas of Japan]] ''', [[ Equal-to-the -Apostles| Equal to the Apostles]] ([[ August 1]], 1836 – [[ February 3]], 1912), brought Orthodoxy to [[ Orthodoxy in Japan| Japan]] . He was sent to Japan as a [[ missionary]] by the [[Church of Russia]] . He worked tirelessly among the Japanese people and established there the [[Church of Japan]] . His [[ feast day]] is [[ February 3]].
Throughout his life, St Nicholas set an example of a true spiritual director wholly devoted to his ministry. He was a man of inexhaustible energy, firm commitment, and outstanding efficiency. He said once: ''"I consider it inappropriate for a missionary to retire unless he is totally unable to serve. I have never tried on a 'robe de chambre,' not even in my dreams. I would better die on the field where God's Providence destined me to plough and sow."'' His private life was that of an [[asceticism|ascetic]]. He never tried to perform any special feat, but rather surrendered his entire soul to God. His life was marked with hardships and willfulness, self-appraisals and tiredness, and the feebleness of an old man. However, the saint's life was a clear manifestation of success in overcoming these hardships through the fulfilment of [[Christ]]'s commandments, shown to the whole world. '''''Recently featured:''' [[Bede]], [[Gregory Palamas]], [[John Chrysostom]], [[Filioque]]. Newly [[:Category: Featured Articles|featured articles]] are presented every other '''Friday'''.''