Who Was Saint Valentine?
St. Valentine lived in the days of Claudius the Roman Emperor. Claudius forbid young men to get married because he knew as I learned in Korea that young men who are not married do not have dependents to worry about and often make better fighters. However, there are always the exceptions. I knew many married men in Korea that were heroic on the battlefield. I might note that heroics are common on the battlefield and awards for heroism are not always given.
Saint Valentine married young couples secretly. He was sentenced to death by a multiple series of death-dealing procedures as only the Romans could devise. (http://www.cbn.com/spirituallife/churchandministry/churchhistory/st_valentine_the_real_story.aspx)
Saint Valentine was a protector of marriage of the one man, one women variety, not as popular today when men are marrying men and women are marrying women. Some lonely folks engage in same-sex marriages because they can not find a mate of the opposite sex. I use to be one-sided on this issue but now I have more tolerance. I guess when you see the world as I see it at age 82 is that for some, that is the only way they can achieve some degree of happiness. Homosexual couples would not have sought after marriage if they were accepted in our society. They feel that a legal marriage makes them more acceptable. It does!
Saint Valentine was not a romantic per se. He believed in the sanctity of marriage. Now folks give gifts to their loved ones on Valentine Day. They say that romance breathes eternal or love breaths eternal or love breeds eternal. Darned if I could find the saying on the Internet. Let me know if you can find it. I think that could mean that our love increases with time. Some folks give gifts to their mates every Valentine Day and they have been doing it for years. I have only one daughter so she gets a gift each year from me.
It may seem a bit early to think about Valentine Day. Some young men like to make a wedding proposal on Valentine Day. Not a bad idea.
A Pearl Necklace would be nice for your spouse.
There are lots of bargain on right now so think about an early purchase.
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