It is serendipitous that Ash Wednesday and St. Valentine’s Day are the same day this year. I think we are being invited to recognize what the two observances have in common.
Tradition holds that Saint Valentine was imprisoned by Roman soldiers because he was a follower of Christ. He smuggled notes out of prison urging the Christian community of Rome to stay strong while he was imprisoned. We send messages and cards on this day to remember that the Christian community of Rome endured hardship for our faith.