February 13, 2012: Valentine, Saint of Love

~ by Mary Galvano

This week, St. Valentine is honored as a true patron of love, not because of an ancient belief or festival, but because he made the ultimate sacrifice – he gave his life for the love of God and for all mankind. Valentine was executed because of his faith and buried on February 14th in 269 AD on Flaminia Way, north of Rome.

He was caught marrying Christian couples and aiding any Christians who were being persecuted under Emperor Claudius in Rome. Helping them was considered a crime and Valentinus was arrested and imprisoned. Claudius took a liking to this prisoner until Valentinus made a strategic error: he tried to convert the Emperor, whereupon this priest was condemned to death. He was beaten with clubs and stoned. When that didn’t do it, he was beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate in the year 269.

Saints are not supposed to rest in peace, they’re expected to keep busy performing miracles and interceding. Being in jail or dead is no excuse for non-performance of the supernatural. One legend says, while awaiting his execution, Valentinus restored the sight of his jailer’s blind daughter. Another legend says, on the eve of his death, he penned a farewell note to the jailer’s daughter, signing it, “From your Valentine.”

St. Valentine is the Patron Saint of engaged couples, bee keepers, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travelers and young people. He is also represented in pictures with birds and roses.

St. Valentine is certainly the saint of love. Let us keep St. Valentine close to our hearts all year round in appreciation for his great sacrifices in the name of Christ. He is waiting to reach out in love to each of us in our times of need.


Dear Saint and glorious Martyr,
who are so popular with lovers,
be kind to those whom we love
and to us.
Teach us to love unselfishly
and to find great joy in giving.
Enable all true lovers
to bring out the best in each other.
Let them love each other in God
and God in each other. Amen.
St. Valentine, pray for us.

Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

Visit Mary’s website at www.marygalvano.com.

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