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A "Word" from "St. Nicholas"

St Nicholas with children
St Nicholas praying
Illustrations by Lee G. Hines, from The Man Who Was Really Santa Claus by Daniel A. Lord, SJ, 1954
St Nicholas Center Collection

In my own heart I cannot separate Christmas
from that Boy Child born in Bethlehem
some two thousand years ago.

I believe that Boy Child
was the Child of the Divine Mystery,
and He came into the world for love of us all.

I believe He came to bring healing,
forgiveness,
reconciliation,
freedom, and peace.

I believe He also came to invite everyone
to forget themselves and remember the needs of others.

For me, the religious meaning of Christmas
is a source of deep joy.

You must understand that my message
echoes the message of that Child born so long ago.

I am not the offspring of the Divine Mystery,
only His unworthy servant.

I am Saint Nicholas,
and the religious meaning of Christmas
will always be close to my heart.

        —"Saint Nicholas"

Source unknown.

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