This post is reposted from The Australian Catholic Marriage & Family Council: here
In 2010, the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life launched the St Valentine’s Day initiative. We are delighted to offer you our 2015 edition which continues our ongoing desire to use the innate joyfulness of the feast of St Valentine to promote and affirm marriage and life-long romantic love.
In a culture that is increasingly intolerant of Christian values and beliefs, feasts that have captured the imagination of the secular community, like St Valentine’s Day, represent a unique opportunity for the Church. It is an opportunity for joyful support for deeply held life-giving values that are shared by many in the wider community. In doing so, we highlight the positive good that such values have and reinforce the need to protect them for the benefit of the whole community.
In this period of reflection between two Synods on the Family, I invite you to use the resources enclosed to focus parish or school attention on the beauty and importance of marriage.
Yours in Christ,
Bishop Eugene Hurley
Chairman, Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life