We asked Kevin Andres, Purdue University senior, to guest blog this week for PCS and we’re glad we did! Whether you have Valentine’s Day plans to go out with a special someone or stay home and catch up on homework, Kevin gives us a snip-it of good life advice we should all read and spend some time reflecting on in our own lives.
Picture: Kevin and his fiance, Audrey Harbeson this Christmas Break right after their engagement
“With Valentine’s Day upon us, we are being reminded of the love we ought to show others as well as the personal relationships (or lack thereof) that are present in our lives. Before commercialism commandeered this feast, this day was traditionally known as, ‘St. Valentine’s Day.’
Not much is known about St. Valentine but the tradition holds that he was a priest in Rome during the third century who spent his days marrying Christian couples, something the emperor considered a crime. St. Valentine died an undoubtedly noble martyr’s death, but is nonetheless remembered with little pieces of paper adorned with tacky red and pink hearts.
I am fortunate to have found the love of my life and I am pleased that we will be expressing our love sacramentally in the sigh of God and Church in the relatively near future. I know beyond doubt that I am making the right choice and am very thankful to have been blessed with someone so wonderful.
Today’s world, with its many privations, makes it hard to distinguish what true, authentic love looks like. So, at the expense of sounding like Dr. Phil (or, Father Patrick), I want to offer a few questions that you and your special someone can examine this Valentine’s Day: Does this person bring me close to God? Can I see myself with this person for the long term? Do we share similar values, ones that help both of us grow in holiness? Does this person bring out the best in me? Am I truly happy?
For those of you indulging in a bottle of wine and a box of chocolates by yourself this Valentine’s Day (hey, it could be worse, right?), I want to remind you that God loves you, has a plan for you and knows that is best. Love Him, trust Him and do not despair. By being patient and holy, God will reveal His plan for you in time.”
God Bless and have a great Valentine’s Day,
- Kevin Andres