Love should be in the air year round

Published 12:01am Thursday, February 14, 2013

Did you wake up this morning with your head spinning, butterflies in your stomach and a feeling of euphoria about you?

If so, you might just be swimmingly in love.

It’s perfectly understandable if you are.

Today’s the day for love and romance.

St. Valentine’s Day is celebrated today in America and in many parts of the world as well.

The holiday’s origin is surrounded in mystery and a little confusion.

Tales of St. Valentine (there were actually more than one) and how he was tied to the holiday we now associate with love and romance abound. However, few details can be confirmed.

In fact the details are so sketchy that the Catholic Church officially dropped the holiday decades ago, though many parishes still celebrate it.

Cynics among us will suggest that Valentine’s Day is one of those trumped up holidays, likely created by greeting card or chocolate companies as a marketing gimmick.

Capitalism certainly plays into the level of hype.

But in the end, we like to think that the world would be a better place if we all treated each other with a little more love and a bit more respect each and every day of the year, not just on Valentine’s Day.

In fact, for Christians, it’s the second most important commandment, according to Jesus’ words in the Gospels: Love your neighbor as yourself.

Easy to say, but sometimes difficult to practice, but imagine how much better the world would be, if we just tried.