Bring on the candy: Valentine's Day is here again - Catholic Courier

Bring on the candy: Valentine’s Day is here again

Today is Valentine’s Day. It is a very important holiday. I know this because every other commercial I see on TV keeps telling me so. By the end of the day I should be able to prove that I am loved based on how much chocolate I have consumed or how many diamonds I am wearing. Jaded? Maybe. Perhaps it’s because I see the impact Valentine’s Day can have on young adults. One of the key transitions of young adulthood involves discerning one’s vocation, and the majority of young adults are called to the vocation of marriage. However it seems that finding exactly who one should marry can be a great struggle for many young people. With people waiting longer to marry, by choice or circumstance, days like Valentine’s Day can be one more occasion to be reminded about being alone, and being stressed about finding the right person. Even by trying to regain the "Saint" part of "St. Valentine’s Day" one can be stymied. There is little clear evidence of the connection between a historical St. Valentine (there was more than one Valentine in Catholic history) and the celebration that has become Valentine’s Day. I find it to be a blessing then that this year Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday. It gives all of us, married and single, a chance to connect the love that is celebrated on Valentine’s Day to the love of our Lord celebrated together in community at Mass. It is one of the gifts of being a part of the People of God, that in coming together we can broaden our individual experiences of the world and connect with something larger. On days like Valentine’s Day that means we can come together as people who are expressing love in diverse ways — as spouses, parents, grandparents or friends; as those who are single, divorced or widowed — and find a common connection and root language of love. I’ll take that over diamonds any day. But I still might eat the chocolate.

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