Monday, February 12, 2007
In any case, the only notes sent were notes of Christian encouragement, and the only romantic love celebrated was that of marriage. So, you can see why it annoyed me that even in a Christian school, they had the kids sending lovey dovey valentines to each other. It is inappropriate anyway, I think, to encourage little kids to send love notes to each other, but on top of that, it is simply following the pagan pattern of our culture. I was greatly encouraged to find out that this year, they are not doing that, but are sending notes of encouragement to wounded soldiers in Germany instead. This is more in the spirit of honoring this day.
Married people, however, celebrating their love and romance is entirely within the parameters of this feast, and so I encourage all married people to celebrate and remember that this holiday came about as a result of an honorable priest who married men and women, even against the law of the emperor, and eventually lost his life because of it.
Other people can celebrate Sts. Cyril and Methodius who were brothers, a bishop and a monk, and missionaries to the Slavs. Their feast day is also February 14, and they are a story of encouragement to all parents of siblings who don't get along. They had a rancorous childhood relationship, but grew in faith and maturity, enough to work together as missionaries, with one as bishop over the other.
Updated: It turns out that the kids are exchanging valentines in class. We found out today. And about the party for which they need parent volunteers and food and drink. The day after tomorrow. The kids and I decided to make hearts on the candy hearts website I posted on Wednesday, with the words "Feast of Saint Valentine" and "February 14" on each, and make a card outlining the story of St. Valentine. Dominic's idea was to put part of the story on each card and number the back so the kids had to work together to get the whole story, a game of sorts. We liked this idea. I figure one of two things will result: The kids, teachers and possibly parents will learn something about the real St. Valentine and the meaning behind the celebration, or the super anti-Catholic parents will be so upset about the so-called Catholic idolatry of it that they will call for a ban of its celebration at the school. Either of these options are fine with us.