Wasn’t going to write a post today

I really wasn’t going to write a post today or over the weekend and just let blog settle. But it’s Valentine’s weekend and also Presidents’ day weekend here in the States.

Leaving Presidents’ Day out of the equation for now, I will come back to it on Monday, what are people’s thoughts on Valentine’s Day. I myself being a hopeless romantic and recently married have my own plans and I won’t be divulging them here, at least not yet.

I was single for a long time, but always sent good wishes and thoughts to my female friends on Valentine’s Day. You don’t have to be in a relationship to be nice to someone. If sending a little Valentine’s wish to a friend gives them a smile, well that’s a good thing.

As I am now married my wife will be receiving all my Valentine’s love and wishes. But to anyone single, don’t wait for the good wishes to arrive at your door, take a leap and send some out to the world, you never know, love may send a message back.

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St Valentine's Statue in Dublin Church

A little history though now, In 1835 an Irish Carmelite by the name of John Spratt was visiting Rome. He was well known in Ireland for his skills as a preacher and also for his work among the poor and destitute in Dublin’s Liberties area. He was also responsible for the building of the new church to Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Whitefriar Street. Apparently his fame as a preacher had gone before him, no doubt brought by some Jesuits who had been in Dublin. The elite of Rome flocked to hear him and he received many tokens of esteem from the doyens of the Church. One such token came from Pope Gregory XVI (1831-1846) and were the remains of Saint Valentine.

So maybe us Irish have a bit of romantic blood in us all.

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