A Story about St. Valentine
The Bible Says: "No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends."(John 15:13)
Around the year 270, the Roman Emperor put St. Valentine in jail.He was a Christian priest.At that time the Roman Emperor was imprisoning Christians for not worshipping the Roman gods. Some traditions say that he was arrested because he was performing Christian marriages, butothers say it was for helping Christians escape prison.The Emperor had outlawed marriage because he wanted the young Roman men to become soldiers and not to be bothered with marriage.
When he was on trial they asked Valentine what he thought of the Roman gods Jupiter and Mercury. Valentine said they were false gods and that Jesus was the only true God. So the Romans threw him in prison for insulting the gods.
While in prison, Valentine continued to practice his faith. He witnessed to the guards. One of the guards was a good man who had adopted a blind girl. He asked Valentine if his God could help his daughter. Valentine prayed and the girl was given her sight. The guards and their families, 46 people in all, believed in Jesus and were baptized. When the emperor heard about this he was furious that Valentine was still making converts even in prison, so he had Valentine beheaded.( by CatholicFamilyCelebrations)
In the spirit of St. Valentine, we should spread the love of Christ today.A little romance between Mom and Dad is expected, especially since we know St. Valentine helped couples to get married—marriage and romance is just an extension of Christ’s love.And so is every other kind of love for that matter.We can send our love to friends, neighbors, grandparents, siblings, etc. in Christ’s name.
A good way to express that love today is through our love and care (and our prayers) put into cookies, treats, and handmade cards.
For the past couple of years, I’ve used the John 3:16 verse that has “Valentine” written down the middle.We’ve printed out dozens of this verse and glued them to our paper hearts and doilies and glitter.We’ve also stapled it a sandwich bag and put a cookie inside.This year I may do something with the story of St. Valentine.