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February 14, 2007

Happy Valentines Day!!!

The Story 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.

Valentine was eventually caught and was brought before the emperor. The emperor saw that Valentine had conviction and drive that was unsurpassed among his men. Claudius tried and tried to persuade Valentine to leave Christianity, serve the Roman empire and the Roman gods. In exchange, Claudius would pardon him and make him one of his allies. St. Valentine held to his faith and did not renounce Christ. Because of this, the emperor sentenced him to a three-part execution. First, Valentine would be beaten, then stoned, and then finally, decapitated. Valentine died on February 14th, 270 A.D.

While in prison, waiting for his sentence 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.

When I first heard this story, I was in catholic grade school. I have fond memories of passing out valentines to everyone in our class. Now as an adult, hearing my 3 year old nephews excitement about his first ‘real’ valentines to share with his class, my sisters sharing this special day with my brother in laws and my parents, it reminds me to give thanks to all those in my life who I appreciate and care about. We all have those we care about and this is a wonderful day to let them know that they have crossed your thoughts and brought a smile to your face.

I’m sure Tori, Cera and Ace will all appreciate the special ‘fancy feast’ dinner they will have tonight as our little celebration of this fine day.

So from myself and the kids…

Thank you for being such great readers… and we hope that each and everyone of you will be our valentine!

Valentine

Kat and the kids.

 

Filed under: Life,Love by Kat at 4:20 am
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