Manila Bulletin

Valen­tine postscript

- FR. BEL R. SAN LUIS, SVD

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LAST Tues­day was Valen­tine’s Day. Be­lieve it or not, that day was in­spired by a man who vowed to re­nounce mar­riage for­ever. His name was Valenti­nus, a Chris­tian celi­bate priest.

* * * This coura­geous and char­i­ta­ble Ro­man priest, who lived in the year 269 AD, was con­demned to death by the pa­gan Em­peror Claudius II who was fu­ri­ous over his re­fusal to re­nounce his faith and for con­vert­ing to Chris­tian­ity the jailer As­terius and his daugh­ter who was blind.

* * * On the eve of his ex­e­cu­tion (Feb. 13, 270 A.D.), Valenti­nus wrote a farewell note to the girl and signed it “From your Valen­tine.” From that part­ing note, the ev­er­last­ing sym­bol of friend­ship and love orig­i­nated.

* * * But that sim­ple fil­ial love of a celi­bate priest has evolved into other things. For in­stance, Fe­bru­ary 14 has be­come a “day of heart,” with physi­cians re­mind­ing peo­ple to go for heart check-up.

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More­over, Valen­tine’s Day has be­come a lu­cra­tive busi­ness. Think of the Valen­tines’ sales in shop­ping malls and flower shops, din­ing in packed restau­rants, ro­man­tic trysts in night clubs, and yes, mo­tels! * * *

In­ci­den­tally, be sure that your part­ner is your le­gal and real spouse, oth­er­wise if your ex­tra­mar­i­tal ac­tiv­ity is dis­cov­ered, it may be the end of your mar­riage.

* * * Re­minds me of that quip on the dif­fer­ence be­tween the words “com­plete” and “fin­ished.” When a man mar­ries the right one, he is com­plete. When he mar­ries the wrong one, he is fin­ished. And when the right one catches him with the wrong one, he is ... COM­PLETELY FIN­ISHED!

* * * EARLY DAT­ING. For the young who’re in love, here is a timely re­minder. Avoid early dat­ing. Go­ing steady for young peo­ple, that is, be­low 20, can be a “ten­der trap” – and many have fallen re­gret­fully into it.

* * * As two peo­ple pair off al­most to the ex­clu­sion of oth­ers, they be­come more in­ti­mate through the weeks and months.

Un­less they ex­er­cise self-con­trol, they will in­dulge in sex be­fore they are ac­tu­ally mar­ried but are un­pre­pared fi­nan­cially, emo­tion­ally, and psy­cho­log­i­cally.

* * * Pre-marital preg­nancy can put pres­sure on the young cou­ple to get mar­ried or, God for­bid, re­sort to abor­tion.

In de­ci­sion-mak­ing that in­volves a LIFE­TIME com­mit­ment, one has to be very care­ful. * * * THE LIGHTER SIDE. A girl wrote a Valen­tine’s card to her boyfriend, say­ing: “If you promise to marry me, I’ll be faith­ful to you un­til eter­nity.”

A postscript fol­lowed be­low: “An­swer me on Thurs­day or else I’ll look for an­other guy.” Talk about be­ing “faith­ful un­til eter­nity”!

* * * Then there was the guy who picked out a Valen­tine’s card from a store. They all had the same mes­sage: “Dar­ling, you are my one and only love.” And he bought six cards!

* * * DEATH. Fr. Martin “Martz” Mandin, SVD, passed away last Tues­day from lung can­cer at age 61. He had been as­signed at the par­ish of St. Arnold Janssen in Cainta, Rizal, and taught Ethics at the SVD col­lege sem­i­nary in Christ the King Sem­i­nary, Que­zon City.

* * * His re­mains lie in state at the Villa Cristo Rey lobby in Christ the King Sem­i­nary com­pound on E. Ro­driguez Boule­vard, Que­zon City.

Date of in­ter­ment is not yet known.

ETER­NAL REST UNTO FR. MARTZ, O LORD.

* * * ST. JUDE. To­day join us in our novena to St. Jude Thad­deus, Saint of the Im­pos­si­ble, at the Di­vine Word Shrine, Christ the King Sem­i­nary, on E. Ro­driguez Boule­vard, Que­zon City, af­ter the 6 p.m. Mass.

A heal­ing prayer and anoint­ing with holy oil will fol­low.

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