Valentine’s Day: Not much is known about the true origins of Valentine Day or who the real St. Valentine was. The Catholic Encyclopedia indicates that the saint whose feast was celebrated on the day now known as St. Valentine’s Day was possibly one of three martyred men named Valentinus who lived in the late third century, during the reign of Emperor Claudius II. According to legend, however, St. Valentine was a Roman priest who was beheaded on February 14, around 269 A.D. He was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity and for marrying couples during a time when Claudius had banned marriages and engagements, and for aiding Christians who were at the time being persecuted by Claudius. Legend says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer’s daughter, who had become his friend during his imprisonment, and signed it “From Your Valentine.”
My Valentine Thoughts for you…..
- Make a special effort to radiate love and joy to everyone around you. Seek out others who are lonely. Give them a special hug and remind them they are loved.
- Put a “little” Valentine Day in every day.
- Remember to love yourself and others, every day.
- Begin each day with a smile.
- It’s the loving relationships and loving communities we create around us daily that bring enduring joy.
- Reject myths and messages that say we need a “relationship” to make us happy and complete when the true source of happiness lies within ourselves.
One of my favorite love poems is Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets from the Portuguese. It is timeless and it gives me great pleasure, Dear Readers, to share it with you. Happy Valentine Day!!!!
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,—I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!—and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.