We don't really celebrate St. Valentine's Day in the Monastery--because it often falls during Lent, for one thing, and for another, we don't expect our Beloved to show up on our doorstep with flowers and candy...although it would be something if He did! No, usually His gifts to us come in different forms.
Readers of this blog know many of the sisters here are avid bird-watchers. When we saw these two birds nesting in the space above our carport, we had to get a picture:
What a beautiful reminder of the tender love God has for each of us--on St. Valentine's Day and every day. "My dove is hiding behind the rocks...Let me see your face; let me hear your voice. For your voice is pleasant, and your face is lovely." (Song of Songs 2:14)