Today, the world is celebrating Valentine’s day. In a world longing to be seen and loved, we have set aside a day in which we generally hope and grasp for anyone’s attention. Don’t get me wrong, today seems to be a day in which chivalry is remembered – even if only for a twenty-four hour period. But I have watched too many young adults cry and enter into depression because they received nothing today.
For Catholics though, we do not to look towards Valentine’s Day as the example courting and love but Good Friday. We are not satisfied with just a day. We understand that relationships and marriage point beyond themselves and our response is not a yearly fix, but an anticipation for something more. My wife and I will be married for twenty years this June. We love each other deeply, but we want something more. We continue to become more aware that we are but signposts to that “something more.”
Archbishop Fulton Sheen describes this reality too when he so eloquently stated,
“The human heart is not shaped like a valentine heart, perfect and regular in contour it is slightly irregular in shape as if a small piece of it were missing out of its side. The missing part may very well symbolize a piece that a spear tore out of the universal heart of humanity on the Cross, but it probably symbolizes something more. It may very well mean that when God created each human heart, he kept a small sample of it in heaven, and sent the rest of it into the world, where it would each day learn the lesson that it could never be really happy, that it could never be really wholly in love, that it could never be really whole-hearted until it rested with the Risen Christ in an eternal Easter.” Archbishop Fulton Sheen (Manifestations of Christ)
Love on earth has its destiny in marriage – whether it be one natural man united in covenant love to a natural woman; religious as the brides of Christ; or priests marrying his bride the Church. Regardless, society seems to have forgotten much of this.
I typically like explaining this using reasoning from Blessed John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Today, however, I thought an economic cartoon would be far more entertaining and meaningful. Base but a good grasp of much of the Catholic and secular dating culture. Hats off to The Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture and Justine Schmiesing on Facebook who shared this video entitled, the Economics of Sex: