Valentine's Day: The Real Story
Today is Valentine's Day, if you're just reading this and forgot, you still have a few more hours to save yourself!
The story of St. Valentine, like many other saints celebrated through church history, have been largely forgotten. Much like St. Nicholas, they have become commercialized and used as a way to make money. Valentine lived during the height of the Roman persecution of Christians and most likely was martyred by Claudius II for performing Christian marriages. Here is a link giving more background to this incredible true story. http://www1.cbn.com/st-
Presently Valentine's Day is largely a time for people to express their love for those closest to them. Even though the story of St. Valentine is essentially overlooked, loving those around us should never be something that is frowned upon. In a larger sense, we as the Church and as fellow believers should continually be reminded to love those whose lives move near our own. We often pray in The Prayers of the People that "Our eyes would be open to see the strangers in our community." In fact, Jesus said this would be one of our greatest witnessing tools we can ever exercise by how we love.
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 13:34-35