St. Valentine, the Real Story

,Flowers, candy, red hearts and romance. That’s exactly what Valentine’s day is all about, right? Well, maybe not.

The origin of this vacation for the expression of love actually isn’t really romantic at all– a minimum of not in the standard sense. Daddy Frank O’Gara of Whitefriars Street Church in Dublin, Ireland, tells the genuine story of the man behind the vacation– St. Valentine.

” He was a Roman Priest at a time when there was an emperor called Claudias. Who maltreated the church at that particular time,” Daddy O’Gara describes.” He also had an edict that prohibited the marital relationship of youths. This was based upon the hypothesis that single soldiers fought better than married soldiers. Because married soldiers might be afraid of exactly what might happen to them or their wives or families if they passed away.”

” I think we must keep in mind that it was a really permissive society where Valentine lived,” says Daddy O’Gara. “Polygamy would have been far more popular than simply one female and one male living together. And yet a few of them appeared to be drawn in to Christian faith. However clearly the church thought that marriage was very sacred in between one man and one lady for their life and that it was to be encouraged. And so it right away presented the issue to the Christian church of what to do about this.”

” The concept of motivating them to wed within the Christian church was exactly what Valentine was about. And he covertly wed them because of the order.”

Valentine was eventually caught, locked up and tortured for performing marriage events against command of Emperor Claudius the second. There are legends surrounding Valentine’s actions while in prison.

” One of the guys who was to evaluate him in line with the Roman law at the time was a guy called Asterius, whose child was blind. He was supposed to have hoped with and healed the girl with such amazing impact that Asterius himself became Christian as an outcome.”

The story goes that the last words he wrote remained in a note to Asterius’ daughter. He inspired today’s romantic missives by signing it, “from your Valentine.”

” What Valentine indicates to me as a priest,” discusses Daddy O’Gara, “is that there comes a time where you need to lay your life upon the line for what you think. And with the power of the Holy Spirit we can do that– even to the point of death.”

Valentine’s martyrdom has not gone undetected by the public. In truth, Whitefriars Street Church is among 3 churches that declare to house the remains of Valentine. Today, numerous people make the trip to the church to honor the courage and memory of this Christian saint.

” Valentine has come to be known as the tutelary saint of lovers. Before you participate in a Christian marital relationship you desire some sense of God in your life– some great requirement of God in your life. And we understand, particularly in the modern world, many individuals are satisfying God through his Boy, Jesus Christ.”

” If Valentine were here today, he would state to couples that there comes a time where you’re going to have to suffer. It’s not going to be simple to preserve your commitment and your promises in marital relationship. And the concern is, is that young adult prepared for that?”

” So on the day of the marital relationship they need to take that into context,” Dad O’Gara says. “Love– human love and sexuality is terrific, and blessed by God. But likewise the shadow of the cross. That’s what Valentine suggests to me.”