Valentine’s Day is a lovely holiday that reminds us to express our love and appreciation to the people in our lives near and far. Although the origin of this holiday of valentine hearts and roses and chocolates is a bit cloudy, here is the most popular legend. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentino, a priest who served during the third century in Rome, realized the injustice of the decree, and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. Valentino was put to death for his defiance of Claudius, and became a saint and champion of love.
Through the years, the holiday has grown to what we know today, with all the sweet sentiments and gifts of chocolates, flowers and cards. In fact, the number of cards sent for Valentine’s Day is only surpassed by Christmas!
I want to share two letters about love with you. One has been deemed one of the most romantic love letters of all time, by Johnny Cash, and another has been memorialized in the Bible, by Saint Paul:
"We get old and get used to each other. We think alike. We read each other’s minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted. But once in a while, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much."
Johnny Cash to June Carter Cash
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
St. Paul to the Corinthians, 13:4-8.
Happy Valentine’s Day...celebrate!!!!
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