It's Valentine's Day again. Does that make you glad or sad? People tend to react to Valentine's Day with emotions of one of those opposite extremes -- depending on whether or not they have a romantic relationship that's going well.
I'm looking forward to a Valentine's date with my husband, so I'm not among those who are sad about the holiday this year. But I sympathize with the many people who feel left out on Valentine's Day because they don't have good romantic relationships or are trying to heal from heartbreak. Many bars now offer "Anti-Valentine's Day" events at which people can destroy love letters and photos of exes in shredders!
The good news is that Saint Valentine, whose life and miracles inspired the creation of Valentine's Day, reminds us Valentine's Day isn't just for people who happen to have good romantic relationships right now -- it's for everyone. Valentine himself wasn't involved in any romantic relationships; he was a celibate priest. What Valentine celebrated was greater than just one form of love -- it was the source of all love: God.
Since God's love is for everyone, so is Valentine's Day, in the truest sense. Unlike people, God loves you completely and unconditionally. The more you time you spend with God in prayer, the more you can discover His miraculous love for you!
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