This is kind of crazy.. For the first time in 73 YEARS, Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday fall on the same day! This has many devout Catholics feeling conflicted, as Ash Wednesday is one of two days on the religion’s calendar where “fasting and abstinence are required,” notes one Bishop . Last year, when St. Patrick’s Day fell on a Friday in Lent, Cardinal Timothy Dolan issued a special dispensation permitting Catholics to eat corned beef and cabbage when consuming meat would otherwise be discouraged. But as The New York Times notes, Ash Wednesday is a more serious consideration, which has compelled Catholic leaders to urge followers to celebrate Valentine’s Day some other time this week. Like tomorrow.. When everything is half off! This is actually genius.! Happy V-day and Ash Wednesday!
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