The ability of lay Catholics, especially Internet lay Catholics, to pick fights about seemingly everything never ceases to amaze me, and this year, the great Lenten Blog fight theme is this one: is it really okay to take a break from your voluntary Lenten penances on Sunday, or isn't it?
In the "It's okay!" corner we have Simcha Fisher, who writes:
Get it? Because it's Lent, but it's also Valentine's Day! Yes, yes, Valentine's Day is a made-up holiday, but it couldn't hurt to at least find out whether your beloved cares about it -- and if so, do something nice.
But not too nice! Because it's Lent!
Well, my husband and I are just gonna celebrate Valentine's Day on Sunday, because Sundayisn'treallypartofLent,there,Isaidit. But if you gotta do something today, here are a few ideas for how to combine romance and suffering, sweetness and pain.