Lent, the forty days before Easter (not counting Sundays), is a somewhat curious period in the Church’s calendar. Most things in the Church’s year are festivals and we happily talk about celebrating them. Lent is very different: it is a minor-key period which is never ‘celebrated’ but only ‘kept’. Some churches and Christians treat Lent very seriously, while others ignore it entirely.
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As Valentine’s Day approaches, love is – as the song says – ‘in the air’. There are various meanings of ‘love’, however, and perhaps the word is used too easily and liberally? After all, love for a place, a love of music, love for one’s children, and love for one’s partner are all somewhat different. Have we cheapened the essence of love, which – most importantly – involves putting someone or something else before ourselves?
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