Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! As Charlie Brown says, “All you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt” (Charles M. Schultz). It is terrific that we have this day to mark a celebration of love of all types. Once again, it gives us opportunities to pause and affirm our connections with our partners and our loved ones.

The Catholic Church has a number of Valentine saints and there are some different legends about how Valentine’s Day started. I like this one. Valentine was a priest in the 3rd century when Emperor Claudius II was ruling Rome. Claudius decided that men who had no wives or family were better suited to fight in war. He then made a ruling that no young men could marry. Valentine was a priest during this time, and felt the injustice of this decree. He continued to perform marriages in secret for young men and their lovers. When he was discovered, Claudius II had him put to death and Valentine became a Saint in honour of love.

Make sure you take some moments to celebrate those whom you love in simple but thoughtful and special ways. We have talked about languages of love in other posts but keep in mind that the traditions of Valentine’s Day (gifts) may not be your partner’s language of love. Giving the gift with an addition of words of love (your own) or loving touch or having some real quality time etc. can always be added to your gift to help your partner feel truly loved.

For those of you who have difficulty being romantic, I have completed my 6 Week program for men in helping to increase romance in their relationships. If this seems like something you would like in your relationship, Please click the link below for more information. I have seen some delightful changes in people’s relationships as a result of this program. Enjoy!