It’s also the begining of Lent. As Will put it today, ‘The Church calendar seems to be at odds with the world’s calendar today. The Church says ‘No flowers in Lent’ while the world is full of people giving each other roses. The Church says ‘Remember that you are dust’, while the world says ‘I love you.’… Is there a meeting place between these two opposed views of life, the world, and human relationships?’
The idea of Lent should be that we see what is wrong inside us, therefore we learn better to love. As Will put it too, ash in moderation can be used as fertiliser for roses, so in the same way Lent is the preparation for Easter, for new life.
So yes Lent and Valentine’s Day can be celebrated alongside each other.