Happy St. Valentine's Day. It's an interesting one this year, because of course yesterday was Friday the 13th. Unusual combination. I hope that you're doing well and, if you have not yet been blessed with a significant other, are not celebrating "Single Awareness Day" but rather a celebration of friendship such as my friends and I did last night. (Complete with awesomeness of Mafia, Swing dancing, Irish Dancing, and Psychiatrist.)
But I woke up today wondering if we really have the day all wrong. Instead of celebrating romantic love, should we not really be celebrating the institution of marriage?
For those of you who are unaware of the story, St. Valentine was a monk who performed marriages at a time when Roman soldiers were forbidden to marry. (It was supposed to make them better soldiers or something if they didn't have to worry about wives and children back home). Anyhow, when his disobediance was discovered, he was dragged out into the arena and martyered.
(My apologies to the History Buffs if I have any of my facts muddled, I'm going off of memory here.)
So my thought is this. If St. Valentine was martyred for advocating marriage, should not the day revolve around a celebration of this God-Given institution? As it is, it seems rather an encouragement to the teenage dating system than otherwise.