My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II




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Valentine's Day



St. Valentine




 St. Valentine lived in the third century, during the reign of Emperor Claudius II. It seems the Emperor was having some difficulty recruiting and keeping men for his army, and so he banned marriages and engagements. Valentine, a Roman Catholic priest, was arrested, beaten and beheaded for performing wedding ceremonies in secret. February 14 is celebrated as his feast day because that is the day he was martyred!

In a very real way then, St. Valentine, much like Sir Thomas Moore and St. John Fisher, died defending traditional marriage of a lifelong union between a man and a woman, entered into with full consent and no impediments. 

Today, many young couples will exchange Valentines with cards, flowers and candy. Noah and his girlfriend are celebrating their very first Valentine's day together. Noah is a proud philosophy major and his girl put these adorable memes together for the inside of his Valentine's Card.  She went above and beyond and I thought it was very sweet! 



After almost 40 years of marriage, Mr. Pete and I don't do much for Valentine's Day. We did perform Monday night for the Lion's club with the Peace Together Choir. Since it was at my favorite restaurant, The Hartville Kitchen, we got there early and that was our special Valentine's dinner. Honestly, I'd rather share dinner there for $30 than have a bouquet of roses. He's been my super Valentine this year by driving me to get my knee MRI and taking care of me after oral surgery. Those are the things I really appreciate. 


The wedding of Calvin and Helen




Today I remember the marriages of my in-laws and my grandparents, as well as those of all my aunts and uncles that stayed the course through all of those things we say in the marriage vows - good times and bad, sickness and health, until death. In that way, their very marriages were a  living Valentine - the kind I think Bishop St. Valentine would have been very pleased with!










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