Saint Valentine (Saint Valentine of Rome) is a third century martyred saint celebrated worldwide on February 14th. St Valentine was imprisoned and tortured for marrying Christian couples, aiding Christians who were being persecuted by Rome, and pledging and preaching the validity of Jesus. All of these acts were considered serious crimes against the Roman Empire.
One of the men who judged St Valentine was Asterius, whose daughter was blind. The Judge agreed to release St Valentine, and other imprisoned Christians, if he could restore his daughter’s sight. St Valentine placed his hands onto her eyes and restored the girl’s vision. St Valentine eventually fell in love with Asterius’ daughter.
St Valentine was later arrested again for continuing to convert people to Christianity, and performing Christian marriages. St Valentine refused to renounce his faith and Christianity. He was sentenced to death. The day before his death, St Valentine left a note for Asterius’ daughter and signed it “from your Valentine.”
St Valentine was executed just north of Rome on February 14, 269 AD. Pope Gelasius marked February 14th a day of celebration in honor of St Valentine on 496 AD.
St Valentine has taught us to share the good news of Jesus Christ, even at the risk of rejection, ridicule, or suffering and death. Also, that a Christian marriage and life, has a sense of God in your life; and a need for God in your life; through his son, Jesus Christ.
Happy St Valentine Day.