Happy Valentine’s Day!
Yes- this is a day invented by Hallmark because we just *needed* a holiday to spend money. Yes there are people who are single who don’t have a “Valentine”.
But let’s look at what Saint Valentine’s Day could be.
Saint Valentine was beaten and beheaded some time around 270 AD. He was a martyr for the early church. He loved (loves- since we believe he is in heaven and we aren’t dead but alive in God when we are in heaven!) God and Christ and was so filled by the Holy Spirit that he died for his belief- and for his love. Aren’t we called as wives to be submissive to our husbands? (As long as our husbands are first submissive to the Will of God!!!) And husbands are called to love their wives as Christ loved the church. That means- gentlemen- you should love your wife so much that you are willing to be scourged, beaten, humiliated, and crucified (not just killed!). No biggie right? Well what if we look to Saint Valentine for ways to love those we are called to love? Saint Valentine was willing to die a terrible death; uniting his suffering with Christ; for the early church. He gave not only his time and living life on earth for the church, but he gave his life for the early Church and for Christ because of love and faith. Let’s take a page out of the early church martyrs book. Let’s love fiercely. Let’s love and have such faith that we are willing to endure hard times and discomfort.
Now, I’m not implying we should all go traveling to dangerous places simply to “prove” our love of God or our spouse. But we should say in our day to day actions how much we love those we are called to love. (By the way- were called to love everyone. Everyone!)
I hope your Valentine’s Day is full of love for your family and friends. I also hope that you are given times to show others God’s love by doing good today, and every day to come.
Saint Valentine; Pray For Us.
Mary, Our Mother, Pray For Us!