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  FEBRUARY 2018

 

VALENTINE’S DAY

 

Have you ever wondered how Valentine’s Day came to be a big day of celebration?  You may remember when you were a kid in school when it was a day of exciting activity, passing out Valentine Cards to friends, having a party with refreshments, etc.  As you grew up, it may have brought a special box of candies to or from someone special in your life, or whom you wanted to be special in your life.  Where and how did all this begin? I recommend going you your computer search engine and typing in “Valentine Day”.  There is lot of interesting historical data to read, probably more than you may want to spend delving into.

One thing you will discover is that there are at least three St. Valentines.  It commemorates on the same day, February 14th, three outstanding men of faith over a span of centuries who have been recognized for their faith and concern about the interests and love of young men and women. 

All three were martyred for their faith and service for the Lord.  The one that probably is the key one in connection to how we celebrate Valentine’s Day is the first mentioned.  Tradition tells us that he is “the patron saint of love”.  God performed miracles through him and through him taught people how to recognize and experience “true love”.  He was jailed for “performing weddings for couples during a time when new marriages were outlawed in ancient Rome.”  He refused to renounce his faith and while jailed “sent a loving note to a child he had been helping to teach, the daughter of his jailer. That note eventually led to the tradition of sending Valentine cards.”  He was arrested during the reign of Claudius II, condemned to death for his faith.  He was beaten with clubs and beheaded on February 14, 270AD.

St. Valentine was an example of God’s love for us in Jesus Christ.  Let us be exemplars of God’s love in every way we can.

God bless!  Fred

 

 

 

 

 

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