For the first time in seventy-four years, Ash Wednesday, one of the moveable feasts on the church calendar, falls in 2018 on February 14--Valentine's Day.
The last time this happened was in 1944. In 118 years, it has occurred only three times.
This presents a conflict for those who view Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, the season of repentance and self denial, with appropriate solemnity, but are also romantically inclined, and associate St. Valentine's Day with flowers and bon-bons, Cupid's arrows and flirtatious cards signed "Guess Who."
Dealing with this situation calls for the combined wisdom of an archbishop and a lovelorn colonist.
Please send advice to "Confused, Pointless Digressions."