Celebrating Valentine’s Day
By Nadim Lumubos, Columban Student
As Valentine’s Day nears, many people feel pressured to find the perfect romantic partner to celebrate it with. However, it’s important to remember that love comes in many forms, and a romantic relationship is not the only kind to celebrate on this day. In fact, I believe that my schoolmates and professors in Loyola School of Theology (LST), and brothers and formators in the Columban House of Studies are my perfect Valentine.
First and foremost, they are the people with whom I spend a significant amount of time with. We have shared experiences, inside jokes, and a sense of camaraderie that only comes from being a part of a community. As such, they are the people who truly understand everything about me, including all my quirks and interests. They are my chosen family, and that bond is something worthy of celebration on Valentine’s Day.
Nadim with students and formators
We are a diverse group of individuals with a wide range of talents and interests. Whether it’s spirituality, prayers, sports, creating art, music or excelling in academics, each of us has something unique to offer. Such diversity means that I am constantly learning and being exposed to new ideas and perspectives. Let’s not forget the fun we have together! From mass service, daily prayers and reflections, community nights, group projects to after-school hangouts, they make life more enjoyable and fulfilling.
Celebrating Valentine’s Day with them means that I don’t have to worry about the pressure of romantic expectations. Instead of stressing about what to wear or how to impress a significant other, I can simply relax, have fun and grow up spiritually. There’s no need to worry about being too shallow or silly – I can just be myself and enjoy the company of those who know and appreciate me for who I am.
I believe that they are the perfect Valentine’s date. They are a group of people who brings colorful, new experiences into my life, and they provide a sense of comfort and belonging that cannot be replicated by any romantic partner.
This Valentine’s Day, I will be celebrating with my chosen family – my classmates, professors, brothers and superiors in formation journey – and feeling grateful for the love, guide and support they bring into my life.
Thank you for the gift of friendship and growing in God’s presence with you! Happy Valentines Day!