Saturday, February 14, 2015

St. Valentine

Flowers, candy, red hearts and romance. That's what Valentine's Day is all about, right?” (St. Valentine, The Real Story. By David Kithcart.)

No! Valentine's Day was started to remember St. Valentine—martyred on February 14. There are many ideas about why he is remembered, but the gist of it is this:

Valentine was a Roman Catholic Priest who lived during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Supposedly, the emperor passed a law stating that marrying was forbidden among young people. Claudius felt that if the young men were concerned about what would happen to their families if they died, then they wouldn't sign up for the army. So Claudius felt that the best solution was not to marry. However, Valentine continued to marry couples in secret. Eventually he was caught and thrown into prison where he befriended the jailer's daughter. On the day of his execution, he left a note to her and signed it, “from your Valentine” which would explain why the giving of notes has become a Valentine's Day tradition. St. Valentine believed in love and marriage, that's why he gave his life to go against Claudius's law and marry these young couples.

Next time you think about Valentine's Day, remember St. Valentine, who gave his life for such intangible things of value as love. As a matter of a fact, next time you think about someone that you love, tell them that you love them and appreciate them. Happy Valentine's Day!

9 comments:

  1. Wow! Great story! :) I never knew this.

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  3. wow thats super interesting! i never knew that was what Valentines
    Day was about! so romantically sad!

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  4. I had never heard this, and I found it very interesting. Thank you for posting it!
    By the way, I love your new banner and background color but I find it hard to read the dark print on the dark background. It's good that I can read the content in my email.

    I love you and appreciate you!

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  5. Love this post! I never knew this story. I will now remember St. Valentine and know his story. Thanks, Bethany! I'm still in New Mexico, but will be home on Wednesday! xxx ooo

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    1. I'm glad to be able to share with you and bless you! May you have safe travels and I look forward to seeing you on Saturday! God bless you!

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  6. I've always enjoyed hearing this story! Thanks for posting!!

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  7. I heard a audio drama about this, I think it might have been by Focus On The Family. I am not sure, but this story has always impressed me. Happy Late Valentines!

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    1. To you as well! Thanks for commenting, it may have been Focus On The Family. I really like them.

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