Monday, February 14, 2005

St Valentine, Pr. M.
This saint hath striven † for the law of God, even unto death: he feared not the words of the ungodly, for he hath been founded on a strong rock.

V. Thou hast crowned him with glory and worship, O Lord.
R. And madest them to have dominion of the works of thy hands.

Grant, we beseech thee, almighty God: that we who observe the heavenly birthday of blessed Valentine, thy martyr, may by his intercession be delivered from all evils that beset us. Through Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The Catholic view on sex
I know some muddle-headed Christians have talked as if Christianity thought that sex, or the body, or pleasure, were bad in themselves. But they were wrong. Christianity is almost the only one of the great religions which thoroughly approves of the body - which believes that matter is good, that God Himself once took on a human body, that some kind of body is going to be given to us even in Heaven and is going to be an essential part of our happiness, our beauty, and our energy. Christianity has glorified marriage more than any other religion: and nearly all the greatest love poetry in the world has been produced by Christians.
- C.S. Lewis, from Mere Christianity

On the box
‘The 40 Most Awesomely Bad Love Songs’
LOL, brilliant. Most are the likely culprits — ’80s pop, ballads from metal ‘hair bands’ and of course boy bands (here is one of the most egregious examples and yes, it made the list). I didn’t agree with all of VH1’s choices and there was some snarky, condescending hipster smuttiness but most of them were spot on and very funny. I think the criterion was they chose songs that went to No. 1 on the charts.

I’d add Rod (formerly the cool Mod of the Small Faces) Stewart’s ‘Tonight’s the Night’. I remember when that came out. Makes me want to tell the poor girl in the song to kick Mr Stewart someplace vulnerable and run, run, run.

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