If you haven’t heard by now, yesterday was Valentine’s Day—a day that solicits cheers and jeers from so many. Our culture reminds us that Valentine’s Day is the day to show love to your friends and family. If you walked into any retail store, I’m sure you were bombarded with Valentine’s Day sales, candies, cards, flowers, etc. all reminding us that love (and several shades of red) is supposed to be celebrated on this particular day.
I’m not here to give you the history of Valentine’s Day or the particular saint (or non-saint) it may be based on. If you want to read more about the Catholic history of this celebration, feel free to click here. I’m here to remind you of something that I feel very strongly about: love is meant to be shown every day, to be celebrated every day, not just one day a year.
Oftentimes the “valentines” that are exchanged contain the term “Will you be mine?” We should remember that no one is ever alone on Valentine’s Day. Everyone has a valentine. Jesus Christ is the single most important valentine that we have and I guarantee you, he doesn’t get many cards (perhaps people just think he’s allergic to chocolate).
We should take comfort in the fact, however, that we are taking time out of our usually hectic lives to acknowledge that we all share love with someone. My only piece of advice is to not let it end when the chocolates are gone, or after the cards are exchanged. We should continue to express the affection we have to the people in our lives who are always there for us, who know us best, and oftentimes feel the same way about us, every day. Let us not also forget that Jesus shows us his love everyday as well and follow his example.
As we celebrate love on Valentine’s Day, I also hope that you take the time to express some love this week with concrete actions. Call your parents, your grandparents, your husband or wife, catch up with friends you haven’t spoken to in a long time - reach out and remind them that you love them today and every day.
**This post was originally published on 2/13/2013.