The 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’. ”
It’s already February…countdown of 10 days until Valentine’s Day. Do you know someone whose life is a blessing to you? How about someone who reflects God’s love in so many ways? Then let her or him know.
There’s a variety of ways to show how much you care and how much someone means to you. Cards with handwritten notes are always great reminders of love and caring, as are homemade cookies, gift cards, chocolates, inviting a neighbor over for coffee, or letting someone know you’re praying for her/him.
A unique way to express your love and remind special someone of God’s everlasting love is with the gift of this beautiful Printery House exclusive keepsake box, inscribed with the scripture John 3:16. Key letters of this Bible verse form the word “Valentine” down the front of the cross. It’s perfect for holding jewelry or a rosary. This unique design also comes as a photo frame that holds a 4 x 6 photo—a great way to capture a favorite memory. You can also send the coordinating card. Whatever you choose to do, let a friend or family member know on Valentine’s Day that she/he is a blessing in your life—you’ll be glad you did.