“He was a Roman Priest at a time when there was an emperor called Claudias who persecuted the church at that particular time, concerning marriage of young people. This was based on the hypothesis that unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers because married soldiers might be afraid of what might happen to them or their wives or families if they died.”

” We must bear in mind that it was a very permissive society in which Valentine lived, the church thought that marriage was very sacred between one man and one woman for their life and that it was to be encouraged. And so it immediately presented the problem to the Christian church of what to do about this.”

“The idea of encouraging them to marry within the Christian church was what Valentine was about. And he secretly married them because of the edict.”

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

“One of the men who was to judge him in line with the Roman law at the time was a man called Asterius, whose daughter was blind. He was supposed to have prayed with and healed the young girl with such astonishing effect that Asterius himself became Christian as a result.”

In the year 269 AD, Valentine was sentenced to a three-part execution of a beating, stoning, and finally decapitation all because of his stand for *Christian marriage*. The story goes that the last words he wrote were in a note to Asterius’ daughter which many take as an advantage to indulge in sexual lust today “from your Valentine.”

St. Valentine gave his life so that young couples could be bonded together in holy matrimony and not for boyfriend and girlfriend or people in courtship to be bonded together through sex or any form of lust. They may have killed the man, but not his spirit. Even centuries after his death, the story of Valentine’s self-sacrificing commitment to love was legendary in Rome. Eventually, he was granted sainthood and the Catholic Church decided to create a feast in his honor. They picked February 14 as the day of celebration because of the ancient belief that birds (particularly love birds (also owes and dove) began to mate on that day.

It’s surprising to know that Valentine’s Day is really founded on the concept of love in marriage to keep the love in marriage burning. Don’t waste your destiny as a youth because of your ignorance, wait till you are married and the expression of love will be much appreciated as a couple.


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