Last Wednesday, as I was making my rounds visiting the students in our CCD program, I stopped in one of the classes as they were talking about making good moral decisions in life and choosing right over wrong. We had a very good discussion on morality.
This weekend we celebrate the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on making wise choices in life. The first reading from Sirach focuses on trusting in God and keeping the Commandments. In today’s Gospel of Matthew, we continue reading the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus says He has come not to abolish the law but to fulfill it. Jesus teaches a strong message today. He came to teach a new way of living, not just know the law…but to fully live the law as it was meant to be lived.
– Valentine’s Day…another romantic side I didn’t know before –
Many of you will be celebrating your love for one another today on what is commonly called St. Valentine’s Day, but, as you probably already know, St. Valentine was dropped from the Church’s calendar of Saints in 1969. This is what the online Catholic Encyclopedia has to say; “At least three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, are mentioned in the early martyrologies under the date of 14 February. One is described as a priest at Rome, another as bishop of Interamna (modern Terni…believe it or not…I actually been to Terni and didn’t know St. Valentine lived there ), and these two seem both to have suffered in the second half of the third century and to have been buried on the Flaminian Way. Of the third Saint Valentine, who suffered in Africa with a number of companions, nothing further is known.” Because there was so little factual information, the feast of St. Valentine was dropped. But where did the link with romance come from? It seems that it was from authors in England and France noting that the birds seem to pair off from around St. Valentine’s Day i.e. midway through the second month of the year. “For this reason the day was looked upon as specially consecrated to lovers and as a proper occasion for writing love letters and sending lovers’ tokens.”