Love brings us together

This week we celebrate Ash Wednesday and Saint Valentine's Day. Both celebrations have 'love' as a central element that defines us as human beings.

Love is a complex and multifaceted emotion that has been the subject of countless poems, songs, and stories throughout the ages. It is an ‘invisible’ force that can bring people together, heal wounds, and inspire acts of kindness and compassion. When we think of love, we often associate it with romantic relationships, but its true essence goes beyond that.


Saint Valentine’s Day is traditionally associated with expressing affection and appreciation for loved ones, whether they be romantic partners, family members, or friends. It is a time to show gratitude and celebrate the bonds we share with others.


However, it is important to remember that love extends beyond just one day. Love is a continuous effort that requires nurturing and care. It is about being there for someone, supporting them through their highs and lows, and showing them kindness and understanding. Love is about making sacrifices and putting others’ needs before our own.


On Ash Wednesday, many Christians observe a period of fasting, repentance, and reflection. It is a time to contemplate our actions, seek forgiveness, and strive to become better individuals. Even a time to consider giving up negative habits or attitudes that hinder our relationships.



The connection between  Saint Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday reminds us that love is not just about grand gestures or fleeting moments of affection. It is about embodying love in our everyday lives, even during  times of self reflection and personal growth.


Love is about acknowledging our flaws and working towards becoming the best version of ourselves. In this sense, the true essence of love lies in our ability to love ourselves and others unconditionally. 


It is about accepting imperfections and embracing the uniqueness of each individual. Love is not about changing someone to fit our expectations but supporting them in their journey of self-discovery and growth.


So, as we reflect on Saint Valentine and Ash Wednesday, let us remember that love is not confined to a single day or a specific religious observance.  It is a lifelong commitment to kindness, compassion, and understanding. 


Let us strive to embody the true essence of love in our thoughts, words, and actions, not just on one day, but every day.


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