- Dec 9, 2019
Many people looking at their February calendars are doing a double-take with Ash Wednesday falling on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. They’re wondering if they can get a dispensation from fasting.
This year, Ash Wednesday—which begins the penitential season of Lent with a day of fasting, abstinence, and prayer—falls on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day tends to be all about the euphoria of emotional love, but the life and martyrdom of the real St. Valentine is a reminder that there’s also sacrificial, self-giving love, and a fulfilled human being needs to experience both.
To be sure, there’s plenty of text in Pope Francis’ sweeping new document on the family, titled Amoris Laetitia, which was released by the Vatican on Friday. It runs to 60,000 words and 264 pages in the English version, making it a whopper. Yet from a news point of view,