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Title: Saint Valentine
Post by: tides2dust on Feb 13, 2019 06:14 am
Saint Valentine was a man that died at the hands of the people he served for refusing to renounce his Faith. If there's anything to reflect on Valentines day, it could be for the Love this Saint gave to his fellow man, including his oppressors and the strength of his Faith. Could this mean Valentine himself experienced samadhi?
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Saint Valentine was a Catholic priest who had also worked as a doctor. He lived in Italy during the third century AD and served as a priest in Rome.

Historians don’t know much about Valentine’s early life. They pick up Valentine’s story after he began working as a priest. Valentine became famous for marrying couples who were in love but couldn’t get legally married in Rome during the reign of Emperor Claudius II, who outlawed weddings. Claudius wanted to recruit lots of men to be soldiers in his army and thought that marriage would be an obstacle to recruiting new soldiers. He also wanted to prevent his existing soldiers from getting married because he thought that marriage would distract them from their work.

When Emperor Claudius discovered that Valentine was performing weddings, he sent Valentine to jail. Valentine used his time in jail to continue to reach out to people with the love that he said Jesus Christ gave him for others.

He befriended his jailer, Asterious, who became so impressed with Valentine’s wisdom that he asked Valentine to help his daughter, Julia, with her lessons. Julia was blind and needed someone to read material for her to learn it. Valentine became friends with Julia through his work with her when she came to visit him in jail.

Emperor Claudius also came to like Valentine. He offered to pardon Valentine and set him free if Valentine would renounce his Christian faith and agree to worship the Roman gods. Not only did Valentine refuse to leave his faith, he also encouraged Emperor Claudius to place his trust in Christ. Valentine’s faithful choices cost him his life. Emperor Claudius was so enraged at Valentine’s response that he sentenced Valentine to die.

https://www.thoughtco.com/st-valentine-patron-saint-of-love-124544


Title: Re: Saint Valentine
Post by: Steve Hydonus on Feb 14, 2019 06:01 pm
Quite a wonderful story Eric I’m glad you shared it with us. I never knew the significance of Valentine’s Day until reading this article you just presented to us. We are fortunate to not have the same karma as emperor Claudius!


Title: Re: Saint Valentine
Post by: tides2dust on Feb 15, 2019 06:00 am
Yes it is quite a tale and a nice relief from the commercial aspect of Valentines day. Though we may better understand why folks send love cards to each other, the last letter he wrote was to Julia thanking her for her friendship and requesting she stay close to Jesus. His service to God gave him the title patron saint of Love, perhaps one of the greatest forces we can learn from. It may be beneficial to pray to Valentine, thank him for his role on Earth and ask that he too pray for us as we venture onward towards liberation. 
I believe the Love he felt was transcendental and the reason he was so committed to his Faith.