Some scholarly individuals say that he was a priest executed on February 14 because he would not deny his faith in Christ.
Others say that Valentine was a romantic Christian during Emperor Claudius II reign. When the emperor outlawed all marriages and engagements, Valentine secretly performed the nuptial ceremonies. For this reason he was beheaded on February 14.
And still others claim that Valentine was killed because he helped Christians escape from prison.
There is a legend that the reason we give Valentine cards is because the daughter of Valentine’s jailer fell in love with the saint during his confinement. Valentine wrote a letter to his love and signed it…yes, you can see it coming….”From Your Valentine”.
My ethnic heritage claims Saint Valentine as the patron saint of beekeepers. He was a honey of a guy. Sweet.
All of the conjecture is fuel for skeptics who admonish us with words written and spoken concerning how silly it is to celebrate a day based on an uncertain personhood. Crusaders appear to free us from the manipulation of the greeting card industry. Alternative news sources remind us that the chocolate manufacturers secretly teemed up with the floral associations and the restaurant associations to take advantage of our romantic gullibility.
I have hearts glued to the mirrors in the house. And heart paper plates in the pantry. The bathroom is decorated with red and silver heart garland. Red clothing accessories are being scouted out to serve as a backdrop for the beautiful heart necklace I have already purchased. And my family looks forward to me serving red heart shaped pancakes every Valentine’s Day while I sing them crazy love songs. Because no matter how the details all fall out, I think it is an amazing thing that we celebrate this man Valentine, who ever he was, with L.O.V.E.
And that thought, that one man could inspire a holiday based on L.O.V.E., makes me wonder. If there was a holiday just for me…a Christina Day…how would the world decide what theme they should celebrate it with? I wonder. With concern.