Category Archives: Religion (or lack thereof)

The message I want to send on Valentines Day

Valentines Day is an interesting day. Originally the day was, of course, named after St. Valentine who is believed to have been imprisoned, tortured, and martyred some time around 14 February 273. So, of course, this directly relates to our need to go out and buy overpriced chocolate, cut flowers flown in on a jumbo jet from South America, and $7 Hallmark cards destined for an enormous pile of trash we refer to as a “landfill.” Perfectly logical…

Instead, I’ve been holding on to a quote from Og Mandino that does a much better job of summing up the message I’d prefer to convey to my children. It’s a message that I believe is better for them and for the world we live in. ┬áHere’s the quote of the week:

“Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you. Before you were an hour old I would die for you. To my child, this is the miracle of life… you are the miracle.” – Og Mandino