How to Celebrate Valentine's Day without Compromising Ash Wednesday and your Christian Faith

By M. Grace, February 15, 2018 00:02 AM

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Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day fall on the same date this year. This is the first time these two special happenings will be celebrated the same date since 1945.

On February 14, many Christians face a dilemma as they try to reconcile their faith with the traditional celebrations of Valentine season.

How will we observe Valentine's Day on the day the Lent season begins?

Can a believer still celebrate with chocolate and champagne?

"Technically, yes," says the Rev. Chris Valka, director of the Center for Faith and Culture at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, who also cautioned against excess. While desserts and alcohol are typically avoided on Ash Wednesday, Valka says "it's really about the intentions behind the observance. What we're really hoping for is a moment to recognize God is a presence in the relationship."

Catholic bishops have been reportedly telling parishioners that February 14 does not give the members of the church an exemption from the holy requirements of Ash Wednesday, which is to abstain from meat and fasting.

"Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are the only two days of the whole year on which fasting and abstinence are required," Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo said in an online video. "Those who are accustomed to celebrating Valentine's Day might do so, perhaps, the day before. Join it up with Mardi Gras, a great time for a double celebration."

Here's how you can celebrate and observe Valentine's and Ash Wednesday, without compromising each important event:

Volunteer for Charity

Love does not depend on flowers, chocolates and greeting cards. Valentine season or not, Christians should look out for the good of his or her brothers and sisters and being able to do things for them.

Get some Vegetarian Meals

Instead of going to date and eating a full-course meal and a meat as a meal, try to prefer vegetables. It is important to take note that fasting is part of Lent season. But it does not mean you won't have to eat anything.

Go to Church

Going to church with your partner is an opportunity to reconnect with each other, as well as strengthening  your spiritual connection.

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