I felt so humbled this St. Valentine’s Day as my husband checked me into the hotel that he has checked me into so many times before. The only difference this time? He finally checked in two adults, not just me.
A true “old fashioned” gent, my husband (and then boyfriend/fiance) used to always pay for me to stay somewhere besides his apartment when I’d visit. I always saw his “old fashioned ways” as a real testimony that he wanted to guard the dignity of my body and my heart!
Another thought also brought joy to my heart this past weekend. I remembered how last year during Valentines Day weekend, my husband (then fiance) and I went on our “Engaged Encounter” pre-marital retreat– and how we were definitely “that couple” with the longest “good nights” before curfew!! LOL. Not gonna lie. (I think we were also thar annoying couple that laughed the most, but maybe that’s a good thing :-).)
O! How I remember those nights we parted while we were dating and engaged. They were SO HARD. I still so clearly remember those times when we longed simply to be married: to lay next to one another till sunrise, embracing one another, alone in a world of our own.
Patience was a definite challenge and a God-given virtue then! Living a life of chastity as our faith demands was very difficult but we felt the cause so worth it.
In contrast, this year, whenever we embraced during our little “baby-moon” V-Day weekend, we felt our little boy kick! All I could think of was this: O, how God surprises us with His goodness! What a beautiful blessing from Our LORD! He has SO abundantly rewarded us for our patience while dating and engaged and during these past ten months of marriage. And one of those gifts? The ultimate: a tiny little son who is an incarnation of our love!
God’s grace is so powerful in turning our lives around and orienting us towards what is true and beautiful.
As St. Augustine states so eloquently: “To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.”
Sts. Valentine and Augustine, pray for us!