By Peace | December 24, 2010
笑看風雲 – 鄭少秋 Adam Cheng
Saint Nicholas (Greek: Άγιος Νικόλαος, Aghios ["holy"] Nicolaos ["victory of the people"]) (270–6 December 343), also called Nikolaos of Myra inspired the popular folk-legend of Santa Claus, but was himself a historic 4th-century saint and Greek Bishop of Myra (Demre, in Lycia, part of modern-day Turkey). Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker (Greek: Νικόλαος ο Θαυματουργός, Nikolaos o Thaumaturgos). He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus, whose modern name comes from the Dutch Sinterklaas. His reputation evolved among the faithful, as is common for early Christian saints. In 1087, his relics were furtively translated to Bari, in southeastern Italy; for this reason, he is also known as Nikolaos of Bari. His feastday is December 6.
The historical Saint Nicholas is remembered and revered among Catholic and Orthodox Christians. He is also honored by various Anglican and Lutheran churches. Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, thieves, children, and students in Greece, Belgium, France, Romania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Albania, Russia, the Republic of Macedonia, Slovakia, Serbia, and Montenegro. He is also the patron saint of Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Barranquilla, Bari, Beit Jala, Fribourg, Huguenots, Liverpool, Siggiewi, and Lorraine. He was also a patron of the Varangian Guard of the Byzantine emperors, who protected his relics in Bari….
Born c. 270 A.D. (the Ides of March),Patara, Lycia, Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey);
Died on 6 December 343 A.D. Myra, Lycia
In this afternoon, I was reading this book as I was looking after Isaac on the bed. Isaac saw Santa Claus and he was so happy. He is able to say and recognise Santa Claus now. He can learn fast. He was saying,”wow, you see!” I am marvelled by his reaction.
This book belongs to Margaret K. McElderry Books (New York, London, Toronto, Sydney and Singapore); an imprint of Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10020; Coyright 2003 by Demi… Manufactured in China… The legend of Saint Nicholas/Demi — 1st edition. Summary, Recounts pivotal events in the history and life of Saint Nicholas, including how he came to be associated with Christmas and Santa Claus.
I had borrowed this book from the library…
Something strange happened while I was flipping the book and reading it to Isaac.
I suddenly saw a toilet moth (a very tiny insect often sighted in the toilet) landed on the 7th page of the book. This book does not have the pages labelled. I had to count myself, and in order to show you so that it would be more accurate (since different people count the starting page differently). It was not so obvious when I saw the insect. It was the mention of 3 daughters having a hard times… and Nicholas tossing a sack of coins to helped the family…
I hate moths (not really hate, but do not like) and I wanted to get rid of it. I closed the book. Isaac was still beside me. Next, I opened it and went to the page where the insect was. I could not find the insect on this two pages where I had closed it! I saw the golden money bag, shiny, golden in colour, standing out from the dark blue background (as can see from the above photograph).
Next, I flipped to the back page. I was surprised and bewildered to find the moth dead at the 8th page of the book, instead of sticking to the 9th page or 7th page, but appeared at the 8th page! Furthermore, it was NOT FLATTENED! I was so curious and I used the page and my finger to press on it, and the result is what you see in the photograph below. As I was reading and ‘analyzing’ all that I saw, my mind was on what happened one night when a 5 cent coin just DROPPED out of NOWHERE….