Lent and St. Valentine

February 13, 2013

Perspective, Uncategorized


Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.  Tomorrow we celebrate St. Valentine’s Day.  In the Christian faith Lent lasts 40 days, not counting Sundays, which represents the time Jesus was in the desert fighting the “devil.”  Christians spend this sacred time in fasting, in self-reflection, in forgiveness, and sometimes in sacrifice; they give up their vices to prepare for Easter, a beautiful spring of renewal.

Cupid is the god of love in Roman mythology.  With Cupid’s bow and arrow in hand, many people, young and old, will spend their time being thoughtful, reminding friends and loved ones how special they are through St. Valentine’s Day notes, cards, special dinners and perhaps even a surprise gift.

What would life be like if we treated every day as St. Valentine’s Day and gave up the 40 days in the desert?  My son once told me, “Mom, anger and hatred are the devil.”  Perhaps we, as Christians, can just “give up” fighting the vices and open up a little more each day to Cupid’s arrow of authentic loving; it can touch our hearts and change our lives.

God is Love and life is a prayer.  PrayersWork.

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Mary Ann L. Smith

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One Response to “Lent and St. Valentine”

  1. Cathy Says:

    As always, out of the mouths of “babes”….two things struck me this morning

    God, create in me a clean heart.
    Rend your heart and not your garments.

    How appropos…..

    Thank you, MaryAnn


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