St. Valentine

Confusion exists about who St. Valentine was because there have been about a dozen St. Valentines, plus a pope named Valentine. “Valentinus” was a popular name between the second and eighth centuries (meaning worthy, strong, powerful), and several martyrs over the centuries have carried this name.  The Valentine we celebrate on February 14th actually may be two ofContinue reading “St. Valentine”

A New Year’s Resolution

I don’t always make New Year’s resolutions. Sometimes the resolutions made on January 1st have dissolved by January 31st. This New Year’s Day, however, I want to return to Benedict’s injunction in his Rule for Monasteries.  Many authors have pointed out that Benedict’s first bit of instruction in the Rule is to listen: “Listen carefully, my child, toContinue reading “A New Year’s Resolution”