Yesterday came and went, another St Valentine's day and still another cash draw for the flower/Hallmark greeting card industry. Sorry ladies, I just never bought into this! I had originally planned to write this post yesterday, but a pastoral instinct kicked in, that maybe it wasn't the right time to bring this stuff up...So we'll do it today!
St Valentine's Day, a day when girls gush and men spill open their wallets to buy flowers, candy, clothes, jewelry, all sorts of sugar coated crap, (Yup! I said it!) in the name of love. Yeah right! More like in the name of the biggest marketing ploy ever launched upon our collective psyches! To begin, what the hell does St Valentine have to do with fat little winged babies throwing arrows? Really? Reeeeally? Their not angels,..the Bible shows angels telling people to not be afraid when they manifest themselves! Don't know about how much fear fat little winged babies with too much rosy makeup would strike in me! So the marketing execs gets together at corporate headquaters and sitting around a table, brainstorm saying, 'On the feast day of St Valentine, a bishop and martyr,..let's turn it into a syruppy sugar coated cheesefest, complete with a Bonjovi ballad strumming in the backround,..(You know the kind where Ritchie Sambora really strains his voice providing backup lyrics such as 'Whoooaaaa' and 'Yeeaaahh.') On a side note, there were fourteen Valentines who were martyred throughout Church history! Which one are we talkin' about?
Okay ladies, so by now, your saying, yeah but this guy is discerning potential priesthood. Well, I do have a past and have had relationships. All I'm sayin' is that perhaps, if we made it a holiday about Agape and not necessarily chocolate and fluff, we could salvage our economy by not running up credit card tabs paying for a make believe holiday!!!! Seriously,..this post was just meant to make people laugh! God Bless all married, coupled and single people!
St Valentine (All 14 of you,..) ,...........Ora pro nobis.