With all the media hype, how do single people combat loneliness on Valentine’s Day?
Why do we allow ourselves to get manipulated into experiencing extreme longing for a mate on Valentine’s Day?
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In this Podcast – 5 Ways to Combat Loneliness on Valentine’s Day
- Remember that Valentine’s Day is just another day.
- Be thankful for your past failed relationships.
- Celebrate your growth in your understanding and knowledge of courtship.
- Make contact with one person of the opposite sex.
- Spend some time with the God of love.
Valentine’s Day is Just Another Day
It’s hard not to feel lonely when there is so much hype that surrounds this holiday.
You see all the couples wishing each other a Happy Valentine’s day on social media and you can’t help but start to experience holiness.
It’s important to realize much of those feelings of loneliness on this particular date can be lessened by just not allowing yourself to give this sort of importance to the holiday.
Even better, focus on the historical St Valentine, rather than the couples day.
Therefore if you were not feeling extremely lonely in January, you’re probably feeling lonely today because of the nature of the feast. It is a feast for couples.
Be thankful for your past failed relationships
Relationships serve a teaching purpose.
They teach you about ways you can improve and they teach you about what you don’t want in a relationship.
So don’t look at those past relationships as an indicator that you will never have a good relationship.
With each failed relationship, you are potentially one step closer to the spouse that God has for you.
Celebrate your growth in your understanding and knowledge of courtship
A lot of us are new to courtship and it’s protocols.
We were formed by the world and its definition of dating, which often does not include chastity.
If you have grown in understanding of what courtship is, then celebrate.
So go out tonight and have fun!
No date for tonight? No problem.
Hang out with your friends, talk about courtship and celebrate your newfound knowledge.
Make contact with one person of the opposite sex
You want to get married? You have to stop being so shy.
Today on your way home from work or even this weekend, make contact with one person of the opposite sex.
It can be a simple “hello, how are you”.
Get in the habit of meeting new people.
Spend some time with the God of love
Pope Leo XIII said in his encyclical Arcanum:
“Marriage has God for its Author, and was from the very beginning a kind of foreshadowing of the Incarnation of the Divine Word.
And we know that God became man because he loves us so much.
So when you’re feeling lonely, spend time with God.
St Padre Pio once said, “And every day, when your heart especially feels the loneliness of life, pray.”
I wish you all a wonderful Valentine’s Day.
This podcast was originally posted in February 14, 2020.
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