Valentine’s day is just around the corner. Are you ready? I’m not a fan of all the cultural expectations placed on this day. The world is in love with the idea of love. So, here’s a super quick tutorial on the origin of Valentine’s day and why it’s worth celebrating.
Valentine was a priest in Rome during the reign of Claudias when marriage was outlawed because the emperor believed single men made better warriors. Valentine believed that marriage was sacred and continued to marry couples in secret. His “disobedience” was discovered and he was executed by Claudias. “What Valentine means to me as a priest,” explains Father O’Gara, “is that there comes a time where you have to lay your life upon the line for what you believe. And with the power of the Holy Spirit we can do that —even to the point of death.”
The world is in love with the idea of love; the emotion of love. It wants love without paying anything for it. Sacrificial love is ferocious. Sacrificial love demands hard things and needs to be celebrated. Any of these gifts, from the inexpensive to the extravagant, will show your commitment to the women in your life! Happy Valentine’s Day!