February 14. As a fun activity to commemorate Valentine’s Day families were asked to play a game at home listing their 5 best “I love…..statements. George explained they had to be real loves, not just passing likes. How do you know? One way to identify what one loves is by considering how much time, effort and care one spends on it and for how long. As George said, “I have loved my wife for 52 years. It wasn’t always roses, sometimes thorns too.” Young people of course chose romantic love objects, some chose a hobby or chocolate, and some an important issue they were really passionate and really cared about, like health or animal welfare. In the end did they discover what love really is or is love still always a mystery?
St Valentine’s Day possibly did originate in stories of Christian martyrs in the early church. One story is about a priest who married soldiers when they were banned while on active duty. Another story is of a healing, from blindness of his judge’s daughter and then signing a farewell letter “Your Valentine” before his execution. The day is no longer a religious feast but is recognised as a very real cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love for all ages.
Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my own joy may be in you and your joy be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you. A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends. John 12:24-26. Pope Francis: I think of St Valentine’s Day: in some countries commercial interests are quicker to see the potential of this celebration than are we in the Church! AL208.