Saturday, February 02, 2013
got this from an email i recieved in my inbox today and thought i would share.
Valentine was a priest who lived in Rome during the third century. At that time, Rome was ruled by Emperor Claudius. Well, Claudius wanted to have a big army, but no men wanted to join the army because they didn't want to leave their wives and children behind. The Emperor was mad. He thought if men were not married, they would not mind joining his fabulous army, so Claudius decided not to allow anymore marriages in his kingdom.
Father Valentine thought that law was silly, and anyway, he just loved marrying couples! Even after the law was passed, Father V. kept on performing marriages, secretly, of course. Well, the Emperor was on to the priest and caught him right in the middle of marrying a couple! The couple fled, but Father Valentine was thrown in jail. His punishment would be death!
Father V. was so distraught and miserable living in his cell. Many young people who knew the father came to the jail and threw flowers and notes up to his window. They wanted the priest to know that they believed in love, too. Now one of these young people was the daughter of the prison guard. Her father allowed her to visit St. Valentine in his cell. They talked for hours. She told him that he did the right thing by ignoring the Emperor and going ahead with the secret marriages. She told him he was a saint a "Saint of Love"!
On February 14, 269 AD, Father Valentine was put to death, but on the morning before his execution, Father left his young friend a little note, thanking her for her friendship and loyalty. He signed it, "Love from your Valentine."
Ever since then, people have continued the custom of exchanging love messages on this special day.