Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday fall on the same day this February. Whether you are in a relationship or single, I’m sure you have some plans or maybe even traditions for the holiday that may seem to take priority over the holy day. However, you should make sure you remain faithful to both of your loves this February 14.

Go out on a date night with your significant other, or if you’re single, treat yourself, and incorporate Mass into your plans! Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting, so the typical dinner plans you may usually indulge in on Valentine’s Day can be swapped out for a simple movie date (minus the popcorn)! 

It is so easy to allow distractions to get in the way of our faith, especially when holidays coincide like this. If we reevaluate, Valentine’s Day is actually quite an appropriate holiday to share with Ash Wednesday! We must focus on rekindling our love. The first day of Lent is an important holy day of the Catholic calendar. This day reminds us of sacrifice and the reflection that comes along with it. Obtaining our ashes on Ash Wednesday signifies our dedication to God. Just as we sometimes must make sacrifices for the loved ones in our lives, Lent is a time of making sacrifices for Jesus.