February 4. George asked, “Is it a good thing or a bad thing that Christmas and Valentine’s day have become so commercialised? Last December I saw a lot more Santa Claus figures than I saw nativity scenes and hardly any Christmas cards. Valentine may be about love but it can be so superficial and is a colossal waste of money. But I know that all relationships need cherishing whether it is going to a lonely place to rest or to celebrate together. Regular date nights doing whatever a couple choose to do are even better to keep romance alive. That applies particularly to those married couples who might be in danger of getting stale.
Scripture: Jesus said to them, “come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a while.” From Mark 6:30-34. Pope Francis: After the love that unites us to God, conjugal love is the “greatest form of friendship, ”having all the traits of a concern for the good of the other, reciprocity, intimacy, warmth and stability are aspects of a shared intimacy. AL123 Reflect, share, act and pray.