The Real St. Valentine

February 14, 2011

I have to admit, my husband and I are kind of anti-Valentine’s Day.

We think it is kind of silly to celebrate your love just one day out of the year. . . . when we can celebrate it every day!!

Cheesy? Probably. True? Yes.

Here’s how I “celebrated” Valentine’s Day:

1. I woke up and got ready while my husband slept. I saw my husband for about 10 minutes before I left for work.

2. No hot breakfast for the husband–he had to fend for himself.

3. No phone calls or e-mails to Mr. Craig during the work day. (Usually both are done throughout the day.)

4. After work, I plopped myself in front of the TV for 2 hours while I watched 50 women whine and complain they weren’t getting enough time with The Bachelor.

5. I was going to let my husband fend for himself for dinner as well, but I gave in and made him a little something.

Spinach Cheese Manicotti

(Recipe to come tomorrow!)

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I’m not a big history buff, but Craig is and wrote up this snip-it about the real St. Valentine:

Saint Valentine was an Orthodox priest who lived in Rome during the rule of Emperor Claudius II around approximately 270 C.E. During this time, it was illegal to be a Christian and being a Christian publicly would often result in torture, death, and martyrdom.

At this time, Valentine became famous for three things:

First, since the Christian sacrament of marriage was illegal to perform, Saint Valentine would sneak couples into the catacombs at night a perform the services for the couples.

Second, Saint Valentine would provide aid to those being persecuted by the Emperor. When they were arrested, he would visit them in prison to administer the sacraments and care for them.

Thirdly, he is know for is sharing of the faith with enemies.

When the Emperor found out Saint Valentine was doing these things, he had him arrested. General Asterius tried to get Valentine to make sacrifices to the Emperor and Roman gods, but Valentine refused. Instead Valentine healed General Asterius’ daughter’s blindness through his prayers. As a result of this healing, The General and his entire household was baptized into the faith.

This sent the Emperor into a rage, and he had the General and his household arrested and put to death.

Valentine then tried to convert the Emperor, but he would have nothing of it. He ordered that Valentine was beat to death with stones and clubs, but when his soldiers where unable to kill him, Valentine was behead.

After his martyrdom Saint Valentine was buried outside of Rome near the Flaminian Gate.

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Question

What did you do for Valentine’s Day?

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