Valentinus, Gift of Love
This is the fascinating story of the priest, St. Valentine. According to
history, Valentinus (the Latin form) was thrown into a dungeon. Although
his jailer, Asterius, was not harsh, the priest lived with only the bare
necessities. His one comfort while in prison was his friendship with
Asterius' blind daughter. She befriended the kindly priest by bringing him
food and delivering messages. After a year in jail, Valentinus was summoned
to appear before Claudius II. The emperor was so impressed by the young
priest's dignity that Claudius attempted to convert him from Christianity
to save him from execution.
Valentinus, however, refused and was ordered to be beaten with clubs,
stoned and executed. In the last days of his life, Valentinus, through his
faith, restored the sight of the jailer's daughter. He also converted
Asterius and the girl to his faith.
On the eve of his execution the priest wrote a farewell message to the girl
and signed it 'From Your Valentine.' His execution was carried out on Feb
14, 269 A.D in Rome. According to legend, a pink almond tree, a symbol of
friendship and affection shared each anniversary of the priest's execution
marks Valentine's Day.
Although, thought to be a day for lovers, Valentine's Day is actually a day
to profess your love and affection for anyone. It is a time to renew and
strengthen the friendship and relationship shared. Happy Valentine's
everyone. Have a lovely loving day!
[ Punitha Subramaniam -- from 'Love Quotes' (LoveQuotesemail@example.com) ]
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