Though Valentine’s Day falls on Ash Wednesday this year, we do not need to forgo all of its loving traditions. Valentine’s Day traces its origins back to the martyrdom of Saint Valentine, who gave his life out of love. Ash Wednesday marks the first day of the 40-day journey Jesus takes toward his Death on the Cross for love and salvation of all people. It’s a good opportunity to remind children that love is not simply something we feel—it’s something we do!
The editors of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies have gathered age-appropriate Valentine’s Day activities that will help children understand the origins of the holiday:
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