Skip to main content

The Patron Saint of the Desperately Dateless

One good thing about the Catholic Church is that it is definitelty attuned to personal difficulties. The Church is really a caring parent. While the secular world may organize "desperately dateless" balls to match up or give singles a chance to find happiness, the Church assigns a heavenly patron to every problem.

And with the global singles population increasing, the Pope has become concerned that the Vatican has assigned Saint Raphael the Archangel as the Patron of the Dateless on Valentine's Day!

Here is what EWTN says about it. For starters St Valentine isn't the patron of the dateless. For starters one needs to have found love in order to ask for St Valentine's intercession. But the Church isn't even sure how many St Valentine's are there. We are only sure of one thing, all these Valentines were martyred and their heads lopped off. Now we wonder how that was related to love. The Church had long removed St Valentine from the liturgical commemoration.

Maybe if you find true love your head will be figuratively lopped off. But if that's the case, why do lovers give each other migraines? Geoffrey Chaucer is believed to be the one who made this Valentine's Day and lovers gimmick in his poem "The Parliament of Birds". I was searching for a copy at the UP Library but it has been loaned out. I'll try to find it in Fully Booked at the Fort; where I have observed that the dateless seem to converge at the love and relationships section! And I noticed that the Love section is next to the Religion section. I think the bookshop has had it logically planned. The Science section is opposite the Love and Religion sections!

St Valentine's day may have pagan roots but doesn't Christmas and Easter have them too? But Chaucer was just observant of nature. Valentine's Day is all about sex.

He wrote

"For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make":

In 21st English this is how it goes

"For this was on Saint Valentine's day, when every bird comes there to choose his mate"

That's why the dateless really have it extremely bad..

So the Church really understands the problem very well.

Saint Raphael was the residential college near where I stayed when I was student in Australia. The residents were all single girls!

Saint Raphael's intercession brings wonders. While Saint Jude may intercede for the hopeless, Saint Raph intercedes for the dateless.

And the Church understands that being dateless isn't being hopeless!

Happy Saint Valentine's Day to those who love, have loved and will love.


Popular posts from this blog

President Manuel Luis Quezon's Code of Ethics

Being a denizen of Kyusi, in honour of the man who gave my city its name and for being the most colourful prez the Philippines ever had, I have the pleasure to post Manuel L Quezon's Code of Ethics on his birthday. Let us profit from the wisdom of the Kastila.

1. Have Faith in the Divine Providence that guides the destinies of men and nations.

2. Love your country for it is the home of your people, the seat of your affection and the source of your happiness and well-being. It's defense is your primary duty. Be ready to sacrifice and die for it if necessary.

3. Respect the Constitution which is the expression of your sovereign will. The government is your government. It has been established for your safety and welfare. Obey the laws and see that they are observed by all and that public officials comply with their duties.

4. Pay your taxes willingly and promptly. Citizenship implies not only rights but obligations.

5. Safeguard the purity of suffrage and abide by the decisions of the…

Simoun's lamp has been lit, finally.. not by one but by the many!

"So often have we been haunted by the spectre of subversion which, with some fostering, has come to be a positive and real being, whose very name steals our serenity and makes us commit the greatest blunders... If before the reality, instead of changing the fear of one is increased, and the confusion of the other is exacerbated, then they must be left in the hands of time..."
Dr Jose Rizal "To the Filipino People and their Government"
Jose Rizal dominates the Luneta, which is sacred to the Philippine nation as a place of martyrdom. And many perhaps all of those executed in the Luneta, with the exception of the three Filipino secular priests martyred in 1872, have read Rizal's El Filibusterismo. Dr Rizal's second novel is a darker and more sinister one that its prequel but has much significance across the century and more after it was published for it preaches the need for revolution with caveats,  which are when the time is right and who will instigate it.

Kartilla of the Katipunan

In celebration of Andres Bonifacio Day on Nov 30, I am blogging my English translation of the Katipunan's Code of Ethics or Kartilla (Kartilya). Recruits to the revolutionary association had to learn these by heart. The code was first written by Emilio Jacinto. The Kartilya remains as relevant today as in 1896 .

My apologies for errors in translation. I know there are better translations than this one.

1) A life not spent for a holy and noble cause is like a tree without shade or a noxious weed.

2) Acts that stem from pride and selfishness do not come from a desire to help others..

3) True holiness comes from helping others, charity towards others and the measure of such is in each reasonable act or word.

4) Dark or white your skin may be, all men are equal though one may be greater in knowledge, material wealth, beauty these do not add to one’s humanity.

5) Those who are men of goodwill put honour before concern for self and those who do no good puts the self before honour.

6) For an ho…