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What's a Catholic To Do? Today Marks Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday

Torn between two holidays - or holy days - depending on your faith.

February 13, 2018 - 6:33 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Catholics may be torn today -- it's Valentine's Day, a day of chocolates and special meals, but it's also Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent when one is supposed to pray and fast. 
In a blog post, St. Louis-native Cardinal Timothy Dolan writes that Ash Wednesday trumps Valentine's Day, even though both days are significant on the Catholic Calendar.

"The answer is that Ash Wednesday has precedence, and the coincidence of St. Valentine’s Day would not lift for us the duty of fasting and self-denial," Dolan writes.

Here's what the Bishop of the Buffalo Diocese, Bishop Richard Malone, had to say:

"Ash Wednesday is 1,000 times more significant in terms of faith than Valentine's Day," Malone says. "Valentine's Day I look at as a secular holiday."

In fact, the St. Louis Archdiocese says technically, Valentine's Day is not a feast day officially celebrated by the church anymore.