St. Valentine's Day
Hi! This is John Nemmer again. I would like to talk with you about St. Valentine. His Feast day is on February 14th. He died in the year of 269. He is the patron saint of love, young people, and happy marriages.
Now, St. Valentine is known as Saint Valentine of Rome. He was a third-century saint widely associated with God’s love. Not much of St. Valentine’s life was written down or known. However, we have this story of the saint, when St. Valentine was on house arrest with Judge Asterius, he was taking a stand for his faith in Christ. The judge put St. Valentine’s faith to the test. He had a blind daughter, and told St. Valentine to ask God to heal her. If He did it, the judge promised to do anything for Valentine. When the Saint prayed over the judge’s daughter and touched her eyes, God totally healed her.
Judge Asterius had a change of heart for Jesus Christ, set St. Valentine free, and willingly got baptized with his family. Later on in his life, St. Valentine was arrested again for continuing to spread the divine message of Jesus Christ. He was taken to Rome. St. Valentine was a Catholic priest who was executed for his faith and marrying Christians. In the year of 496, the pope at that time picked February 14th as a day of honor for St. Valentine.
St. Valentine pray for us! May the love of our Lord Jesus Christ, the help of the Holy Spirit, and the glory of God the Father be with you all! Amen. Happy St. Valentine’s Day!
John is a regular writer for SGYM3 and shares insights and prayer language from the heart. He is a parishioner at St. Greg's and you can find John faithfully at Mass every week with his loving family. Feel free to say "hi" when you see him!