Deeper meaning of Valentine’s Day
February 11, 2012.
For most people St Valentine’s day is a day of affections and confections, a day of kisses, chocolate, and flowers. But just as Christmas is about more than gifts, so too does Valentine’s Day have a deeper meaning.
The true romance of the celebration begins with the legend of St Valentine in roughly 270 AD.
St Valentine was a holy priest who was arrested and imprisoned for marrying Christian couples and for aiding Christians who were being persecuted during the reign of Claudius the Goth (Claudius II). He was brought to prison where he was tortured in an attempt to make him renounce his Christian faith. When Valentine instead tried to convert Claudius, he was executed outside the Flaminian Gate on February 14, about the year 270.
One legend says that while awaiting his execution, couples for whom he had conducted marriages brought him flowers and gifts to show their respect and admiration. This lead to today’s traditions of presenting your Valentine with gifts. It is also said that, while imprisoned, he restored the sight of his jailer’s blind daughter and that this miracle led to his eventual canonisation. In 496 AD Pope Gelasius marked February 14 as a celebration in honour of his martyrdom.
The legend of St Valentine is a tale of true love that transcends mere sentiment. Its noble purpose should inspire everyone in this new time of religious persecution to be equally vigilant and heroic in upholding and defending the traditional definition of marriage presently under assault from secular humanists. Let St Valentine be our model and inspiration for life and humanity.