One morning, my younger daughter was excited and told me that St. Nicholas wrote her. I did not know that she made such an experiment. She then showed me the letter and I raised my eyebrows because I recognized her penmanship. She started explaining that she really just wanted to know the truth. She left the note on the kitchen counter. As I looked at it, I just had the sudden urge to write on the paper. Using my left hand, I wrote: "Why did you not wait for my reply?!" and put it in her stocking.
Late that evening, she went to check her stocking and found the note. She had a worried look on her face and said, "Mommy, I think St. Nicholas is angry at me. He wrote back. Look!" I teased her and told her, "Oh, no. You should really have waited." She went up and when she came back she said, "Mommy, here. Write with your left hand. I want to see something." I chuckled and I knew I was caught. She wailed in annoyance.
The next morning, December 5, during breakfast, she relayed: "Mommy, I had a dream about St. Nicholas. He's really real. He looked really young. He was dressed as a priest. He showed me a list of the things that he's going to give me. It was a long list." She then enumerated some of the things that was on the list and continued, "but he said I will not get all these things at once. I get one each Christmas as I grow up."
Now she really got my attention. I urged her to continue and she said, "He also said that I have to be good and obedient to you and daddy. I also have to pray to Jesus everyday. Also I have to help in the house." I felt a lump in my throat. Did St. Nicholas manifest to her in her dreams? I searched my iphone for images of St. Nicholas. Most of it are that of an old bishop but I showed it to her. She said he was young and he does not look anything like the chubby Santa Claus in red costume. I, then, read her some facts about St. Nicholas. He was indeed a priest. And when I read the date of his Feast Day, a shiver ran down my spine. His Feast Day was the following day, December 6!
As I did my morning meditation and read the scripture reading for the day, these verses stood out from Mt 9:27-31. "Let it be done for you according to your faith." It's a call to believe. "See that no one knows about this". It's also a call to perform all personal good works discreetly and secretly.
What is the meaning of all of these? Is God trying to tell me something? Is St Nicholas wanting me to do something?