before you go any further, take a moment and read the post here on the blog, "the outpatient monk."
what a great reminder of why we celebrate this day. whatever your religious beliefs, this day was set up to honor a man who made the ultimate sacrifice in the celebration of the love of others.
"So the Christian Valentine is not one who is wildly enamored, flush faced and dopey eyed. In fact the Christian Valentine is not even in love with a single person at all. Instead his passion made other’s passion possible."
the idea that a man would choose to marry people, in the midst of war, in the midst of government opposition for purely selfless reasons is what brings meaning back into this day. it is a day for celebrating sacrifice, hope, and the love that there in all of us.
perhaps my favorite part of the post comes at the end. while the day is almost over, we can each do these things in honor of this day after the page of the calendar turns. here are doug's suggestions: