Every year on 14 February people celebrate St Valentine's Day by sending messages of love and affection to partners, family and friends.
Valentine's Day is named after Saint Valentine, a Catholic priest who lived in Rome in the 3rd Century. There are many stories about St Valentine and over time these stories grew into the legend we know today.
In 1969, the Catholic Church removed St. Valentine from the General Roman Calendar when it revised the liturgical calendar, since there is so little known about him that can be historically verified.
St. Thomas Aquinas says "To love means to consistently will and choose the good of the other". It doesn’t matter if you’re single or in a relationship, the day is just another reason to spread your love. With so many people in need, it’s the perfect opportunity to give back to those in need of love on Valentine’s Day.
Here are 6 ways to celebrate Valentines Day differently this year:
- Spend time with God:
As we approach Lent, it is a desirable time to bring ourselves closer to our loving God. Check out our Lenten Resource if you need a guide during this Lenten season.
- Spend time with family:
Take some time out to spend with family. After all, love begins at home.
- Make a date out of volunteering:
Use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to volunteer at a local organization with your partner. There is nothing prettier than empathy.
- Talk to someone:
Love of God cannot be separated from the love of neighbour. Perhaps it is time to catch up with that friend we have not spoken in a long time.
- Road trip to bushfire affected communities:
Take a road trip to bushfire affected communities in Australia and show your love and support. Visit: roadtripforgood.org.au
- Donate to a charity:
Donate to a campaign like the Columban Christmas Appeal to make a tangible difference to those in real need.
Happy St Valentines Day.