February 14 -- St . Valentine
When modern man thinks of February 14, he thinks of Valentine's day and all sorts of things that have absolutely nothing to do with St. Valentine. In fact, most people think that St. Valentine was a fictitious character.
Archaeologists have found an ancient church dedicated to St. Valentine, confirming his existence. St. Valentine was a holy priest who lived in Rome in the 3rd century.
He regularly put himself in danger to assist martyrs who were being persecuted under the reign of Claudius II. Finally, he was captured. All attempts to have him renounce the Faith were unsuccessful and finally he was beheaded in the year 270.
Truly, St. Valentine epitomizes the phrase," Man hath no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends". His heroism is a very far cry from modern depictions of this great saint.
Let us ask St. Valentine to understand the true meaning of the word "love" and to oppose its false substitutes.