Saturday, January 29, 2011
What Valentine’s Day Means To Me - Giveaway
As a practicing Catholic I love to hear the stories of the lives of the saints. While I definitely love all the love of Valentine's day I don't lose sight of the fact that Valentine's Day celebrates more than hearts and flowers.
How familiar are you with the legend of St. Valentine?
In 270 A.D., marriage had been outlawed by the emperor of Rome, Claudius II. Claudius issued this decree because he thought that married men made bad soldiers since they were reluctant to be torn away from their families in the case of war. Claudius had also outlawed Christianity in this time period because he wished to be praised as the one supreme god, the Emperor of Rome. Valentine was the bishop of Interamna during this period of oppression. Valentine thought that the decrees of Rome were wrong. He believed that people should be free to love God and to marry. Valentine invited the young couples of the area to come to him. When they came, Valentine secretly performed services of matrimony and united the couples.
St. Valentine was imprisoned and while he awaited his execution to be carried out, Valentine fell in love with the jailer's daughter, the blind Asterius.
During the course of Valentine's prison stay, a miracle occurred and Asterius regained her sight. Valentine sent her a final farewell note. He signed his last note, "From Your Valentine." Even today, this message remains as the motto for our Valentine's Day celebrations.
Today about 192 million Valentine's Day cards exchanged annually. That's a lot of Valentines and my favorite Valentine's are the ones that are made special by the ones I love.
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