Valentine's Day means hearts full of chocolate and bunches of flowers to many people. They give greeting cards to people they care about and love. Some couples go out to dinner or have a romantic date together. But Valentine's Day is much more than a commercial holiday. St. Valentine's Day honors a very important saint in Catholic history. Go beyond the superficial and consider the saint that inspired this day of faith, love and loyalty.
There are three saints named Valentine in the Catholic Encyclopedia but one is believed to the be the focus of the St. Valentine's Day we celebrate today on February 14. St. Valentine of Rome, formally known as Valentinus, was a third century Roman saint and is the patron saint of bee keepers. He is also the patron saint of betrothed couples, engaged couples, love and loves as well as happy marriages, young people and even those greeting card manufacturers that print out the pretty cards with fancy verses for Valentine's Day. St. Valentine was a priest in Rome and a physician. He aided martyrs in prison, which lead to him going to jail. While he was in jail, he restored sight to the jailer's adopted blind daughter. This converted the jailer.
The jailer and judge become humble from the healing. He asked St. Valentine what to do and the said said to break all idols in the judge's house, fast for three days then get baptized. The judge did this and freed the Christian inmates under his authority. The judge, his family and forty more people were baptized. Later St. Valentine was arrested for serving Jesus and send to the emperor Claudius. The emperor liked him until he tried to lead Claudius to Jesus. St. Valentine was told to renounce his faith or he would be beaten and beheaded. St. Valentine held strong to his faith and was executed on February 14.
There are many messages we can get from Valentine's Day. We are to love each other and celebrate love every day. It is also important to spread the word of Jesus and show your faith through words and actions. Standing by your faith is essential, despite any persecution or punishment you may receive. Before you dive into the box of chocolates or tear open a greeting card, remember the ultimate love of your life - Jesus and what His eternal love means to you and yours. Teach the children so they understand, too. Blessed and Happy Valentine's Day!
The second is this: "Love your neighbor as yourself." There is no commandment greater than these. - Mark 12.31
"Have faith in God," Jesus answered. Mark 11:22
We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it. 1 Corinthians 4:12
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