Today crusaders we’re confronted with conflicting holidays. It’s a real battle of the head versus the heart, you might say, as Valentine’s Day, a day dedicated to candy and cards, stares down Ash Wednesday, a day marking the start of the penitent season of Lent.
What a dilemma.
Of course, seeing as the full holiday is Saint Valentine’s Day we could take the opportunity to explore the religious foundation of the since commercialized holiday (spoiler alert: it doesn’t end well for St. Valentine).
Or we could take a break from this bleak winter weather to reflect on a timeless story of sacrifice, friendship, and forgiveness.
By which I am of course referring to the cinematic classic, “Mamma Mia.”
It’s really the perfect film for today. Seriously.
On the one (and obvious) hand, you have the love story.
And the amazing dance numbers…
On the other (far deeper) hand you have the epic story of, yes, love, but also selflessness, fierce independence…
…the value of those deepest of all bonds…
…and of course, we mustn’t forget the glue that holds all of this together, Pierce Brosnan.
Not to mention, a peppy but touching reminder of self-sacrifice.
So whatever you choose to give up this Lenten season, I hope it’s not your dream of being the Dancing Queen.
Donna (who will totally be alive in “Mamma Mia 2”) wouldn’t want it any other way.