“If I have not been both soothed by love and on the opposite extreme left devastated by it, I will never understand its power nor respect its majesty.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough
An early morning, greeting before 9 o’clock Mass, hugs,smiles, and Valentine’s Day wishes. Then, a nice service with the children’s choir. While Mary and I were saying, “Happy Valentine’s Day,” at the door, a gentleman said, “Do you know the story of St. Valentine?” I sort of remembered that it wasn’t such a happy story…
Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14. It originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus, and is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.
Several martyrdom stories associated with the various Valentines that were connected to February 14 were added to later martyrologies, including a popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome which indicated he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, Saint Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius, and before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.[5
After Mass, a stop at Sprouts for some dark chocolate covered cashews and almonds, on sale, of course, then walk my little house guest, Miss Bella.
I still had some left over brownies and cookies, so I shared with several neighbors.
Valentine’s Day can be an exciting, romantic day or a sad and lonely day. It’s just a day, a day like any other day. Share, love, and be a good person. That’s how every day should be.
Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends!