Hello all. Sorry for my absence, I have been laying low and dealing with things. With Valentines Day on the way, I thought I would post my thoughts on Valentines Day.
Numerous early Christian martyrs were named Valentine.The Valentines honored on February 14 are Valentine of Rome (Valentinus presb. m. Romae) and Valentine of Terni (Valentinus ep. Interamnensis m. Romae). Valentine of Rome was a priest in Rome who was martyred in 269 and was added to the calendar of saints by Pope Galesius in 496 and was buried on the Via Flaminia. The relics of Saint Valentine were kept in the Church and Catacombs of San Valentino in Rome, which "remained an important pilgrim site throughout the Middle Ages until the relics of St. Valentine were transferred to the church of Santa Prassede during the pontificate of Nicholas IV". The flower-crowned skull of Saint Valentine is exhibited in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Rome. Other relics are found at Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin, Ireland.
Valentines Day for the single: This can be or take on make feelings, some may care that its not a day for them and finding love is fruitless, or some may feel its #zerofucksgiven
Valentines Day for couples (including married people): Cards, gifts, candle lit dinners, romance. expensive restaurants, on the other side, make a candle lit dinner at home. A bottle of red, a bottle of white, It all depends upon your appetite :)
Valentines Day for Long Distance Relationships: Facetime, Skype, etc.
Valentines Day for the departed: A slow dark lonely place. For those who did not move on or care to. To hold onto memories.
Valentines Day to me:
Since my profession has me attending memorials and masses. for 15 years I have been going to a memorial mass for a fallen law enforcement officer. I pay my respects for two hours, then I go back home or suit up and go back into work.
Valentines Day may take on many shapes and sizes, and many ideologies. Just have a good day regards