Laura and I agreed we would not be doing Valentines day. It’s a waste of money and a sham to guilt people into spending money to show how much they love them.
I don’t need to partake in this sham, because I show her everyday how much I love her, how much I genuinely care, with my actions.
When most of you partake in this shower of fake love festival though you probably don’t understand it’s origins.
It’s a religious holiday celebrating the martyrdom of a number of Saint Valentines (yep there is more than one). I however, an going to focus on just one of these.
Saint Valentine was Roman priest who was imprisoned for succouring persecuted Christians.
A work called Passio Marii et Marthae published, in the 6th century, a story of martyrdom for Saint Valentine of Rome, perhaps by taking stories of tortures that had happened to other saints. As with today plagiarism was the norm in the literature of that period.
The story goes that Saint Valentine was persecuted as a Christian (pretty much the norm in those days) and interrogated by none other than Roman Emperor Claudius II himself! It seemed that Valentine must have made a good impression on Claudius. They had several chats, Claudius was attempting to get him to convert to Roman paganism in order to save his life. Valentine, however remained faithful to Christ. He refused and instead tried to convert Claudius to Christianity. Claudius had no other choice, although he and Valentine were buddies, he ordered Valentines execution.
Before he got the chop though, he allegedly performed a miracle by healing Julia, the blind daughter of his jailer Asterius. The jailer’s daughter and his forty-six member household (family members and servants) came to believe in Jesus and were baptized.
So when you are looking at your lovely flowers and tucking into your chocolate, remember that alleged declaration of love is actually taking place because of a Christian saint festival day that celebrates the martyrdom of a Roman priest, who saved a blind girls sight and then got killed in what was probably a rather nasty way (knowing the Romans).
See Laura: I may not have got you flowers or chocolate, but instead I bring you the gift of knowledge. Happy Valentine’s day beautiful..