On December 6, we celebrate the feast of Saint Nicholas, a fourth century bishop of Myra, a city in ancient Anatolia, part of modern day Turkey. He was known for giving secret gifts to people in need. What a wonderful thing to do.
There is a particular joy in giving secretly. There is a great satisfaction in knowing that you have done something kind, not because you were expected to, not because you wanted to appear generous, but for the pure joy of giving.
This year, I am suggesting that you play Saint Nicholas. In addition to the gifts you give to family and friends, give a Saint Nicholas gift to someone in need. There are ample opportunities through your parish, Catholic Charities or one of the many groups seeking Christmas gifts for children.
Oh yes! Keep it to yourself. Tell no one.
Then read Matthew chapter 6, verse 6b.
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