Something that you should know of St. Valentine
He is one of the most popular saints in the world. He is the patron saint of love and that Valentine’s Day is being celebrated on his honor thus the name. This is an acceptable answer but as we grow up, it would be nice to know that St. Valentine is more than just a patron for lovers, but is actually a martyr who fought for his belief until the end. A belief in God that is worth dying for. According to history, Valentine was a Roman priest during the reign of Claudius II in Rome. It was one of those times when Christianity was being persecuted and marriages is being prohibited. Being a priest, Father Valentine believes in the sacrilege of marriage hence he secretly conduct marriages to those who wished to do so. When find out, Valentine was condemned to death. During his imprisonment and while waiting for the death sentence to be carried out, Father Valentine have been performing miracles. On one instance, he healed a young girl. This is the same girl that he wrote a letter with before his death where he signed it “from your valentine”, another lover’s insignia that we are familiar with today. After reading St. Valentine’s history, we expect you to see the deeper lesson behind it. Valentine’s Day is not all about commemorating the life of St. Valentine but rather how selfless his love is. He loved Jesus Christ and his words that he was willing to die for his beliefs. Personally, my takeaway after reading his life is how Christ-like his life was. Just like Jesus Christ, he gave his life because he loved God in a way that Jesus gave his because he loved us. Remember his words: “This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you. There is no greater love than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:12-13). Can we all become a Valentine to one another?