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Tuesday, February 14, 2006
St. Valentine's Day
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 Simple (1955 Calendar): February 14

Happy St. Valentines Day to all!

On the Traditional Catholic Calendars, today is a day to remember St. Valentine, priest and martyr.

February 14th, St. Valentine's Day, is based on the life of St. Valentine, a Roman martyr who was beheaded in c. 269-273 AD. Emperor Claudius II declared that unmarried men were potential soldiers, so he outlawed marriage. However, St. Valentine refused to accept this pernicious error and the saintly priest continued to marry young couples.

Claudius attempted to convert St. Valentine to paganism, but St. Valentine resisted and attempted to bring Claudius to the Church and Jesus Christ. For this, the Emperor had St. Valentine beheaded.

In prison he helped imprisoned, soon-to-be martyrs. The jailer saw that Valentine was a man of learning, so he brought his daughter, Julia, to Valentine for lessons. Julia was a young girl, who had been blind since her birth. During the lessons, St. Valentine would read to her about the history of Rome. And, he taught her about God. The following is an account of St. Valentine:

"Valentinus, does God really hear our prayers?" Julia asked one day.
"Yes, my child, He hears each one." 
"Do you know what I pray for every morning and every night? I pray that I might see. I want so much to see everything you've told me about!"
"God does what is best for us if we will only believe in Him," Valentinus said.
"Oh, Valentinus, I do believe! I do!" She knelt and grasped his hand. 
They sat quietly together, each praying. Suddenly there was a brilliant light in the prison cell. Radiant, Julia screamed, "Valentinus, I can see! I can see!" 
"Praise be to God!" Valentinus exclaimed, and he knelt in prayer. 
On the eve of his death Valentinus wrote a last note to Julia, urging her to stay close to God. He signed it, "From your Valentine." His sentence was carried out the next day, February 14, 270 A.D., near a gate that was later named Porta Valentini in his memory. 
He was buried at what is now the Church of Praxedes in Rome. It is said that Julia planted a pink-blossomed almond tree near his grave. Today, the almond tree remains a symbol of abiding love and friendship. On each February 14, Saint Valentine's Day, messages of affection, love, and devotion are exchanged around the world."

After her healing, the jailer too was converted to Christianity.

Prayer:

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God: that we, who celebrate the heavenly birthday of blessed Valentine, Thy Martyr, may, through his intercession, be strengthened in the love of Thy name. Through our Lord.

Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal

9 comments:

del_button February 13, 2006 at 10:46 PM
Saint Peter's helpers said...

Happy St. Valentine's day! Thank you for his story.

del_button February 14, 2006 at 12:01 AM
Fidei Defensor said...

Thanks for the history lesson and prayer. May the intercession of St. Valantine help reclaim the day that bears his name from the pro-choice nuts who have claimed it as their own!

del_button February 14, 2006 at 3:26 PM
Jeff Pioquinto,SJ said...

happy valentine's day. just passing by. thanks

del_button February 11, 2009 at 8:06 AM
Karinann said...

St. valentine is my Saint for this year. At a prayer meeting I attend, we pick a saint's name from a basket to pray to for that year. I got St. Valentine this year. Thanks for the history and prayer. I didn't know the story of the blind girl, but I always pray that God will remove what's left of my spiritual blindness. I will now ask St. Valentine to intercede.

del_button February 14, 2009 at 10:24 AM
Anonymous said...

Happy Saint Valentine's Day. Thanks for the info. Laus Deo!

del_button June 24, 2009 at 10:27 AM
Ann said...

thanx a lot 4 this account.
hope we engaged couples keep our love pure with his novena.

del_button November 11, 2009 at 5:45 AM
Anonymous said...

This will help me learn more about St. Valentine! Thanks for the help.

del_button February 14, 2010 at 4:35 PM
Anonymous said...

If only more people knew this is not a Hallmark holiday. Thank you for sharing this with us!

del_button February 13, 2013 at 6:34 PM
Anonymous said...

Happy valentines day. Emmanuel Obodoakor bbm-29BAE5ED

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