Think back on the ways you have celebrated Valentine’s Day in your life, and you will notice that our celebration of this holiday matures with us as we go through different stages of life. As children, we give out notes to our classmates. As we grow older, we move on to roses or chocolates for a particular person, with a more romantic note than our 1st grade attempt. To some, it might seem like Valentine’s Day is more of a celebration for young, but here at Santa Teresita, we prove that it is a holiday that everyone can enjoy!
This year at Santa Teresita, our residents, both at the Good Shepherd Cottage and at the Manor, celebrate the occasion with gusto with a fancy Valentine’s Day candlelight dinner. The laughter is frequent and the joy in the room almost tangible. Our residents celebrate as well anyone, if not better. Many of them have the best love stories, having loved through good times and bad, through sickness and health. However, not everyone’s love story is happy, and some have never married at all. In our world, either reason would be enough to rule out any real celebration of Valentine’s Day. In truth, though, nothing should keep us from celebrating Valentine’s Day. Each human person, married or single, can boast the best of Loves, One who will always forgive, and who awaits us with an open heart and open arms. The gift of human love, precious as it is, is only a reflection, a little taste, of the immense Love that our God has for each one of us. In good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, in success and in failure, in youth and in old age, Our God always loves us.
On Valentine’s Day, the Love of God is the root of all our celebration. This year, let us entrust ourselves to the unconditional love of God. And if you feel that you have not loved as you ought, it is never too late! Listen to the wise words of Little Therese:
“Love can supply for length of years. Jesus, because He is Eternal, regards not the time but only the love.”