We just had an ostentatious celebration of valentines, flowers, chocolates and gifts crowd our table. Restaurants, refreshment areas and malls were flooded with couples, lovers, friends and family enjoying each other’s company. What a beauty to behold!
I celebrated mine with the ladies searching for life’s direction. We had sharing of vocation stories, human and faith experiences, simple yet profound joy as we get to know more about the other and had great selfie & groupfie.
It was Kairos! God’s perfect time, we went beyond the customary fête of valentines. Instead of greeting each other we affirmed one another’s faith; rather than the celebratory norm we went into group-solitude for individual assessment of where our life had been and will be as we begin anew after this valentine’s day. We end up relishing at table served for us by the community of St. Paul Pasig Sisters- their presence showed what real valentines was: community endeavor. The sumptuous home-cooked meal and hand-made (Sr. Marie, from Vietnam) chocolate balls made me think of how this occasion should be celebrated: AT HOME, where everyone shares oneself.
Though miles away from my father, I still had a great talk with him over the phone. He shared how he spent with my nieces at the beach in my grandfather’s home town, playing and scouring the low-tide sea for shrimps which we did back in my childhood years. What a valentine! it is valuing time and making profound memories with the persons that matter most in our lives over the fancy glitz in the malls.
As I looked back into my valentine’s day, it was just the ordinary day made it extraordinary through the eyes of love, nothing fancy and no loud-wild-upbeat music to dance to, not a single high-priced food bill either!
After all, everyday is valentine’s day if only we have the eyes to see and the faith to believe that we have been loved all this time by a Great Lover. If only we have realized this profound truth in our life we would not seek love other than His, whose love was perfected on the cross.
Valentine’s Day shouldn’t end in human love alone.
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