St. Valentine

CB1911The stories of St. Valentine are many and varied. In fact, history recognizes three saints known as Valentine, all of whom were martyrs for the sake of Christ. Their lives give witness to the deeper meaning of this celebration that goes far beyond today’s secular symbols and customs:
Rev. William P. Saunders, Ph.D., columnist for the Arlington Catholic Herald wrote this about St. Valentine’s Day:

“The love of our Lord…is a sacrificial, selfless, and unconditional love…that each Christian is called to express in his own life, for God and neighbor. Clearly, St. Valentine—no matter which one­ —showed such a love, bearing witness to the faith in his dedication as a priest and in the offering of his own life in martyrdom. On this Valentine’s Day…each person should offer again his love to the Lord, for only by doing so can he properly love those who are entrusted to his care and any other neighbor. Never forget Jesus said, ‘This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you. ‘There is no greater love than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends’. ”

(John 15:12-13)