Saint Valentine Day

Dateline: Mon 14 Feb 2011

Thoughts on a wet, sunshiny Feb. 14...just for something different...

St. Valentine is a bit of a mystery. According to Wiki, he was perhaps a priest or a bishop in ancient Rome, and he was likely martyred. His first feast day was established by the church in 496. An early world history (Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493 -- yes, almost 1,000 years later) says he was arrested and killed because he was caught marrying Christians and helping Christians, which of course was a crime during the Roman reign.

  Whomever he was, he is now forever associated with love and especially romantic love. But let's look at him today  in terms of the love we have for one another, in an ideal world.

   Here are some thoughts about love and friendship to ponder, courtesy of C.S. Lewis. He began as an atheist and turned into a great Christian witness whose timeless stories appeal to people of all ages and faiths.

    These first two quotes are on friendship and honesty, and the surprise element that can accompany our love for each other as friends.

"Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities."

"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You, too? I thought I was the only one!'"

And this, finally, is on the risks of loving, and more importantly, NOT loving...

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.”

 

thanks to all of you for being patient.


Comments

hendy [Member] said:

And here's to those of us that put out our hearts, have them stomped on, and learn how to heal without too much scar tissue. The footprints remain, but we don't complain-- how can you live without love?

2011-02-14 10:26:03

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

You can't, Hendy. Except, if you live in Indiana, and choose to love someone of the same gendeer, watch otu:

Today, the House is poised to take up, on 3rd reading, the Marriage Discrimination Amendment.

It'd be poetic if it weren't so damned pious and pathetic.

And sad. This attitude is chasing away educated young people in droves.

2011-02-14 12:22:51

hendy [Member] said:

We are the Alabama of the North.

2011-02-14 12:58:37

Ms. Cynical [unverified] said:

"Pious and pathetic" kinda sums it up.

Leave it to the politicians to drag red herrings across the landscape instead of attending to the hard work of good governance!

2011-02-14 13:56:03

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

Toll Tide, huh?

2011-02-14 20:17:09

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

*ROLL Tide

2011-02-14 20:17:33

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