A "Word" from "St. Nicholas"
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,
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.