Today is Valentine’s Day, and many of us have been looking forward to celebrating with husbands, wives, girlfriends and boyfriends. We give thanks for the gift of romantic love, for the delight of human intimacy and joy that a loving relationship brings. Help us to appreciate the value of those we love, and to give of ourselves generously, firmly committed to developing ever stronger relationships where both can grow and flourish together. Help us not to be selfish or impatient when things get difficult, but to respond to our partners with grace and care. Bless those who are lonely, or trapped in abusive relationships, and help them to find a love that is healthy and true. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.