Februayr 14, 2011.
February 14 is Valentine's Day, a day we often celebrate with flowers and gifts. It is also a time to reflect on the relationship with our loved ones, because of this the Diocese of Sydney has launched a kit for Valentine's Day. It is a handbook that offers a different way to celebrate Valentine's as well as how to keep the love alive for the other 364 days a year.
It includes the history of Saint Valentine, a priest who married couples in a period when the emperor of Rome banned the celebration of marriages.
The bishops recommend putting the stress of a hectic workday on hold and focusing on enjoying Valentine's with your husband or wife. They also suggest to hold a Mass and a dinner with engaged couples to talk about the importance of marriage.
Their initiative goes beyond just Valentine's Day with planned activities for the whole year. They're aim is to change the “divide and conquer” mentality we often apply to housework, instead it will turn everyday chores into a time of togetherness for the couple. This can also include time with children to build the bond of the family.
They advise couples to wake up earlier to share a relaxed breakfast before heading to work. As well as seeing movies that have a positive view of marriage and setting times in the day to share any concerns or plans for the future.
It's a different way to celebrate Valentine's Day everyday of the year.