A Story of Valentine's Day
I want to wish everyone a very Happy Valentine's Month! As many of you probably know, Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays. I hope that you all have been able to sew, cut, or create in some form or another this month. Finding inspiration can be difficult at times, so focusing on something positive usually gets the creativity flowing. When I see a heart, the love of creating kicks in!
It got me thinking of how Valentine’s Day got started.
It is thought to be a day of Love and Romance, but I think that there is a lot of faith and courage wrapped up in its mysterious beginnings as well. Mysterious because there are so many versions about how Valentine’s Day came to be what we celebrate now. I’m going to share two of my favorite stories of how Valentine's Day began.
Valentine, a priest, was unceremoniously dispatched on February 14th in the third century A.D., and is now known as Saint Valentine. Why? Because the Emperor Claudius ll was known for having a lot of unpopular battles, and was having difficulty getting young men to become soldiers. He decided that it would be a great idea to make marriage illegal for young solders. It is believed that he thought they would be more focused and better fighters then the soldiers that had families. Clearly, Claudius the Cruel did not understand that the young soldiers viewed it very differently, as did Valentine, who continued to perform marriage ceremonies for them- but in secret. Although Valentine was defying the law, he believed he was obeying God and giving the young men something even greater to fight for and come home to- LOVE. Of course, once Valentine was found out, the Emperor had him put to death.
The second version I have read about takes place while he is in prison. I have even heard it entwined with the first version.
Valentine landed in prison because he defied Claudius. While awaiting his own execution, he was able to assist many Christians to escape from prison and the extreme Roman punishments. During this time he fell in love with the jailor's daughter. She was said to be blind and that he miraculously healed her blindness and she was then able to read the first “Valentine” he sent. Perhaps that is where the sentiment, "Love, your Valentine" began. Because of this miracle of healing and his untimely demise, Valentine became a martyr, and the Roman Catholic Church recognized him as a saint.
St. Valentine is thought of fondly because of his courage, love, and his faith in God.
I hope you will be inspired this month to share your love with others with the gift of your creativity. The power of love is amazing!
Sandra of Inspired Remnants LLC