Monday, February 14, 2005

MH - St. Valentine's Day

It seems such a quaint expression nowadays, doesn't it? You hardly ever hear it referred to as St. Valentine's Day, although in checking my desk calendar I see that's how it's printed. Nevertheless, it seems much easier to drop the religious connotations altogether, doesn't it? Less messy that way. Some feminists want to get rid of the day entirely - something about romance being a form of male domination, I suppose.

But isn't there something good to be said about St. Valentine's Day? I think I found it, and I'm grateful to Fr. Villano at St. Helena's Church in Minneapolis, who included a portion of the passage in his bulletin yesterday. It seems to strike just the right note in giving you a pleasant thought for a pleasant day:

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away.

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

- I Corinthians, Chapter 13

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