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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 14, 2014 Feeling the Love (Continued from Page 1) love and all things heart- shaped, is also a celebration of renewed life, hence its emphasis on flowers and birds. I cannot wait to slowly bite down on luxurious choc olates that day, and enjoy a romantic meal with my hus- band, but in the midst of all the pink and red that char- acterizes Valentine's Day, I will also be thinking spring. This feast will remind me of the love I have in my life, a love that is necessary in order to weather the transi- tion from winter to spring. Like so many holidays, St. Valentine's Day now remains associated with rampant commercialism. As soon as Christmas is over, it seems, stores overflow with bright pink cards and velvety red chocolate boxes, giant teddy bears and bouquets of roses. Though I never com- plain about chocolate, this sort of commercialism ac- counts for the reason I dis- liked Valentine's Day as a moody teenager, particularly during times when I was single -- I hated the idea of romantic love constantly be- ing pushed down my throat, constantly reminding me of my unattached status! I have matured since then, realiz- ing that Valentine's Day not only celebrates romantic love, but all types of love, includ- ing friendship and familial bonds. I also became inter- ested in the history of holi- days, and found out that St. Valentine's Day holds deep roots, both Christian and pagan, which extend all the way to Italy. This holiday is named after a Saint Valen- tine or San Valentino, about whom many legend arose -- one says that he performed forbidden marriages for Ro- man soldiers, another says he fell in love with the blind daughter of his jailer and cured her, then addressed himself as "her Valentine" prior to his execution. Mean- while, some scholars believe that the pagan origins of this feast hearken back to an ancient Roman festival known as Lupercalia, dedi- cated to purification and fer- tility. While there is no di- rect link between Lupercalia and Valentine's Day, these mysterious origins of the holiday, both in religious and folkloric terms, point to its importance as a spring- time celebration of love and renewal. Indeed, love blooms all around us on St. Valentine's Day. One medieval supersti- tion, popularized by Geoffrey Chaucer, claimed that birds chose their mates on Valen- tine's Day, a tidbit of lore which speaks riot only to the romantic connotations of the holiday but to its links to fer- tility and nature's rebirth. Other ancient bird supersti- tions pertaining to Valen- tine's Day stated that the first feathered friend a girl saw on this holiday presaged the career of the person she would one day marry -- a robin meant a sailor, a gold- finch meant a wealthy per- son, a bat meant a baseball player, etc. (I am not sure which bird signified "an in- surance specialist in a travel company," because that is the one I must have seen). Over in Italy, people cel- ebrate St. Valentine's Day, or il Giorno di San Valentino, much in the same way as it is celebrated in the United States,, with romantic din- ners, flowers and cards. The really romantic Italians may trek to the beautiful city of Verona, where they will gather under Juliet's balcony and contemplate the star- crossed lovers of William Shakespeare's tale. Modern lovers scribble their ini- tials on the tunnel walls Leave the DELIVERY to Us[ With a Gift Subscription to the Post-Gazette, your generosity will be remembered every week of the year. We'll send the recipient an announcement of your gift. Their subscription will begin with the current issue and continue for one year. Fill out coupon below and maiiwith payment to: Post-Gazette, PO Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 I would like to send a one year Gift Subscription of the Boston Post-Gazette to the following person(s). I have enclosed $30 per subscription. Recipient Name Giver Name Address Address City City State Zip State Zip Phone Phone "b'.'''-@', ,.. - - ," ...... "','i' . . '. . . , e ' near the balcony, creating a veritable mural to the his- tory of passion. Meanwhile, the lovelorn write their own letters to Juliet, or Giulietta as she is known in Italy, asking for her wisdom in romantic matters. These superstitions and folk tradi- tions pay homage to the intense and at times crazy power love wields in our lives. It is wonderful to have a quaint holiday, poised on the precipice between winter and spring, which honors love in all its multifaceted shades. This Friday, February 14 t", I know that I will be eating chocolate in some shape or manner, most likely in the form of the red velvet choco- late chip cookies I will make for my husband. However, I will also express my grati- tude for all those in my life whom I love -- my family, my friends, even my pets. After all, nothing melts the pro- verbial winter more than the laughter and care of our loved ones. We should honor this love not only on St. Valen- tine's Day, but every day of the year. As spring ap- proaches, let us notice the truly loveable signs of the renewal of nature that sur- round us: the first flower buds peeking out from the dirt, a robin hopping around in the shadows of a bare bush, the pale glow of the evening sunshine. Just as St. Valentine's Day reminds us to recognize love in all its glory, we can also recognize this love in the natural world around us, bright as the spring sun. Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz is a Graduate Student in History at the University of Massachusetts Boston'. She appreciates any comments and suggestions about Italian holidays and folklore at ad{censo89@gmail, com. ST. JUDE AND ST. ANTHONY NOVENA May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world now and for- ever. Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, help of the hopeless, pray for us. St. Anthony, most loving protector and wonder worker, pray for us. Say this prayer 9 times.a day and by the 8th day your prayer will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. My prayers have been answered. Favor received. V.R ST, JUDE AND ST. ANTHONY NOVENA May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world now and for- ever. Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, help of the hopeless, pray for us. St. Anthony, most loving protector and wonder worker, pray for us. Say this prayer 9 times a day and by the 8th day your prayer will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. My prayers have been answered. Favor received. A.T.P. PRAYER TO ST. JUDE May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and pre- served throughout the world now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, help of the hopeless, pray for us, Say this prayer 9 times a day and by the 8th day your prayers will be answered It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. My prayers have been answered. A.T.P. " C. , -', Guns, Violence, Criminals and the Mentally III As a recently retired police officer of 27 years of service, somehow I knew that when the Legislature set up a task force, the state Com- mittee to Reduce Gun Vio- lence, shortly after the Sandy Hook tragedy, that its report I would simplify this national gun violence epi- demic. Recommendations were made with the bottom line: no guns for criminals or the mentally ill. I was also not shocked to hear that the far left "Stop Handgun Vio- lence" would call the task force's findings both "realis- tic and practical." Massachusetts all sides agree has the toughest gun laws in America yet we still see so much violence with guns. Why?. What are the root causes of this violence? Can laws ever stop guns falling into the wrong hands? Can the National Instant Back- ground Check System stop criminals from packing heat? Look at the recent spat of gun violence in Boston dur- ing the month of January? Does anyone think a back- ground check system would have prevented last month's gun carnage in neighbor- hoods of Boston often plagued by such violence? Liberals always look for laws, programs, computers and task force findings to back up their sense of what needs to happen. How- ever, they never seem to take hold of common sense and human nature. You pass all the laws you want and those that won't abide by them will flaunt them. As far as the mentally ill issue is concerned, when task forces state the men- tally ill are 11 times more at risk being victims of gun violence rather than its per- petrators, this statement is usually made right after something like Sandy Hook. There are some liberals out there who think we must abolish the Second Amendment and ban all pri- vate ownership of firearms. This they think will end the proliferation of gun vio- lence. However, all that this would do is disarm America from all the criminals who don't need no stinkin' sec- ond amendment to keep their illegal guns for illegal purposes. For this problem we need law enforcement (not social workers) to crack down harder on those caught with illegal guns or those caught using them in acts of vio- lence. Stiffer sentences work much better than useless psycho-babble The issue of mental ill- ness and guns today is usually reactive, as in after a horrible senseless act of violence. Most of the time when mental illness be- comes ground zero for a vio- lent act, we hear about the struggles that families had with the perpetrators trying to get mental health ser- vices for a family member. I remember late last year when a U.S. senator was stabbed by his son after an emer- gency room released the son because they couldn't find a psych bed for him. He was sent home reportedly and then attacked his father with a knife. We need to address the fact that so many challenged by different degrees of men- tal impairment cannot re- ceive the services they so desperately need due to a neglect by society that men- tal illness is a treatable dis- ease and should be treated as such. No one in psychiat- ric distress should ever be sent home for lack of a hos- pital bed. It wouldn't happen for a cancer patient or some- one suffering from another physical disease. We have a culture of gun violence in this nation and to address it, we must start in the home, in churches, at schools and out loud. Today too many seem to think carrying a gun is cool and using it is their right of pas- sage. This must change through education at the earliest possible time before the gun smoke is in public view. There are no easy answers like blaming one of the first ten amendments. There is no liberal answer or conser- vative answer. However, the answer is out there and we must find it and make American streets safe again. 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