Who was St. Valentine?
So we all know what today is! It's Valentine's day. But what the world has done so wrong with this holiday, is that they have forgotten to talk about, who St. Valentine was!
St. Valentine was a Priest or Bishop in the 3rd century, and in the Roman Empire. He ministered to persecuted Christian and he was also a martyr for Christ! There are many stories about St. Valentine's life. One legend is that St. Valentine defied the order of the Emperor and secretly performed Christian weddings for couples, allowing the husbands involved to escape conscription to the pagan army. This legend also states that in order to remind these men of their vows and of God's love, Saint Valentine cut out hearts from parchment, and gave it to the persecuted Christians.
What is so absolutely beautiful to me today, is that this Valentine's day also falls on Marriage Sunday! What a beautiful way to commemorate St. Valentine's ministry's work! He dedicated his life to serving others and bring about God's love to all the men and women of his time. His devotion to the Sacrament of Marriage is what we celebrate here today.
Although the world has taken this beautiful Feast day, and commercialized it, let us Catholic remember why this Feast day is actually so beautiful! For us, it always points back to God.
Let us remember where the source of true love flows, from our Creator. His love for us today is worth celebrating! So even if you are single, or you have a special someone to celebrate this day with, remember that the source of love you encounter daily comes from God.
St. Valentine, please pray for us.
Praying for you.