Valentines? Happy Singles Awareness Day?

 

Ew.Jane Sloan

Did anyone notice this makes the acronym SAD?

Today is Valentine’s Day and I will be celebrating all the love in my life.  Though not to a husband or boyfriend, there is much love to give.

I have made 96 mini-valentines for my students using the old white-crayon-and-watercolor trick, and I have found 96 unique quotes about love from Scripture and the saints.  Today we’ll go to the chapel and pray to understand the words in our minds and hearts, and we’ll find a way this calls us to action in our lives.

Later this evening when I know people are out on special Valentine’s dates (or making fun of the concept of special Valentine’s dates, but at least together), I might feel down.  So I might, might do the Beyoncé ‘Single Ladies’ dance.  Well, probably not.  But I will remember and give thanks that love cannot be found first in a person, but in the Person of Christ.

He is the love of our lives.  He’s a bit on the shy side – only shows up in the appearance of Bread and Wine nowadays.   Yet I would suggest that anyone who does not first fall in love with Christ and let him fall in love with them will have difficulty calling another person their Valentine.

I’ll leave you with a favorite quote, from Blessed John Paul II’s encyclical Redemptor Hominis:

Man cannot live without love. He remains a being that is incomprehensible for himself, his life is senseless, if love is not revealed to him, if he does not encounter love, if he does not experience it and make it his own, if he does not participate intimately in it. … The man who wishes to understand himself thoroughly, … he must, with his unrest, uncertainty and even his weakness and sinfulness, with his life and death, draw near to Christ.[1]

Valentines Cards

 


[1] Redemptor Hominis para. 10

 

Jane Sloan

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B. Jane Sloan is a writer and high school theology teacher from Atlanta, GA. In addition to blogging for Catholic Exchange, she has been published in Our Sunday Visitor, Notre Dame Magazine and the literary journal Omnibus. Jane graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2007 with a B.A. in theology and philosophy. In 2009, she graduated with an M. Ed. from Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education. In 2009 Jane made a 500-mile pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain. She spent summer 2010 as an intern planting vegetables and baking bread at the Abbey of Regina Laudis OSB in Bethlehem, CT. In 2011 she was present among the millions at the beatification of Blessed John Paul II. She is currently working toward her M.A. in Theology. Follow her on Twitter @CE_SundayBrunch. Follow her other blog on all-natural eating at www.thesavagepalate.blogspot.com

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  • Ryan Ricketts

    Great article, Ms. Sloan! (I’m not sure whether to call you Joan or Barbie now…)

  • Jane

    Neither…

  • Julie

    It sound like you had a very nice vday for your self..When I was in college we use to have party for the single girls and celebrate our love for Jesus! I work about every vday and I can see people enjoying themselves with their love one and it makes me happy I can put  some happiness in their lives. keep up the high spirits and God well bring the man of your dreams in to your life when its your time!

  • Jane

    Julie, what a great idea and a great memory.  I’m glad you are able to keep a positive perspective. Thanks for reading!

  • Ryan Ricketts

    Haha. Whoops. I meant “Jane.”

  • Dan

    Beautiful article Jane.

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