I’m personally much more excited for St Fourth of July, because barbeque beats candy hearts on any day of the week.
Maybe a little off-topic, but the martyrology at Prime yesterday mentioned two St. Valentines. One died 268 AD and the other 273 AD, both Italian.
I had never noticed that before, and thought it was interesting
Still a Commemoration at Lauds in the old breviary. Lots of clergy still use that afaik
Agreed, however we could add Saint to our Valentine cards, just thought .
Either way I don’t see it as disrespect towards God or Saint Valentine.
A friend wished me Happy GALentines day!
Not offended. lol
It’s an acknowledgment that women friendships can last a lifetime, romantic interests not so much.
When someone wishes me that, Thank you! Thank you for your friendship over many years.
Much more thank you to the saints who pray for me!
The secular world took anything to do with God out of the picture years ago.
My only complaint is $100 for a dozen red roses on this day only is the real crime here.
Yeah not sure I would go as far as to say you’re ‘robbing God of his glory’ by not saying St. Valentine’s Day, but I certainly do notice that the mainstream does try hard to keep the St. part out and just call it Valentine’s Day. Just as they have commercialised other Christian holidays, they have managed to convince people to buy cards, chocolates and even lingerie for their partner (this seems more like a present for yourself if you’re a guy and buy it for your woman).
Now it’s become so popular, that even us Christians do it, and I think, much like it would seem cruel not to give your child a chocolate egg at Easter, when others kids get them, it might be cruel not to do something nice for your girlfriend, fiancee or wife on this day, so as long as a moment is taken to reflect on whose day this is, just like you would explain the meaning of Easter to your child. Oh, and yes, let’s make sure we say the St. part.
Friendships with either men or women are so underrated.
I’ll take a solid friendship any day over an ephemeral romance.
There is nothing wrong with wishing someone a Happy Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t take away from the real meaning of Valentine’s Day.
Happy Valentine’s day!
Therefore do not let anyone condemn you in matters of food and drink or of observing festivals, new moons, or sabbaths.
Friend I’m trying hard not to say something.
But, uh. Nah, no I’m not.
"Happy Valentine’s Day."
Which I’m now going to go out of my way to say to you, because you’ve been so abrasive and condescending in trying to command people NOT to say it, that I want you to hear this from a fellow Catholic before you go out there and say it to anyone else, possibly scandalizing them away from the Catholic faith:
The kind of bad behaviour you just exhibited in so abruptly and simplistically claiming that saying “Happy Valentine’s Day” shows someone to be “Not a Christian” is scandalizing, because it makes you look rude, irrational, and ties those things to the Church as if you’re speaking on behalf of the Church when you say it (which you’re not). You don’t get to arbitrarily tell others what to say and what not to say, and even if you think you have an argument that would benefit us to be guided by, you should have framed it more articulately and gently.
I really hope you haven’t said this to anyone in real life today. Because oh brother. Way to make people roll their eyes when they see you coming, and prepare for no one to want to listen to the next sentence when you might have actually told them something worthwhile and helpful to their salvation.
PS again, from me, a devout Catholic:
Happy Valentine’s Day.
Thank you and @Socrates92 for the literal lol.
I find your post very mean-spirited. One can be a Christian and still celebrate secular holidays, even ones that have Christian origins.
I also think your post reflects an attitude that I don’t think is very helpful for Christians today. It’s as if you are looking for bad stuff in the world to set yourself up against even when it’s not really there.
For what it’s worth, I had a really nice Valentine’s day. Before I left home for work, I had some flowers delivered, and they were from someone who is about 5,300 miles away. It was totally unexpected, although not entirely surprising, and it’s just made me happy all day.
I’m looking deep into my crystal ball right now (actually the bottom of a glass of recently emptied g and t). And I see some information there. Can it be correct? It might be. In fact I am sure of it. There is no doubt. John is not married!
I’m not surprised this post got so many Likes. It deserves mention at the sarcasm awards, makes its point without being uncharitable.
The content of this thread is why our recourse is to the Saints.
Oh, I was a bit worried about lack of charity myself. I didn’t want to criticize the OP’s post so as not to offend, so I just talked about myself.
St. Valentine’s day is one time we can let people know romance comes from the word Rome. In spite of all the commercialization, there’s something still there that hints of Christian love.
I think the feast of Christmas displaced an earlier pagan feast, which was not all bad.
Thanksgiving isn’t on the Church calendar. In the US it was long a de facto Protestant or secular holiday, just a day off for Catholics. But in recent years many parishes have special Masses on “the other folks’” day.
Sometimes we expand on what others have developed.
I always wondered how many people could actually see and read a bible in those days.