Monday, February 8, 2010
Who was St. Valentine?
"St. Valentine was a Christian martyr of the 3rd century, during the Roman persecutions. He was condemned to death because his love of God would not allow him to compromise with the pagan deities.
While imprisoned, he healed his jailer's daughter, Julia, of blindness. On the eve of his execution, he wrote Julia a note telling her to stay close to God's love. he signed it "from your Valentine."
He was killed on February 14, 270.
In 496, Pope Gelasius set his feast day for February 14th.
In celebration of his witness of love, messages of affection and love are exchanged around the world."