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Subject: THE LEGEND OF ST. VALENTINE
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 1998 11:54:50 EST


I know this is off subject just a little, but I am posting anyway. HAPPY
VALENTINES DAY TO ALL
Linda D.

<< > THE LEGEND OF ST. VALENTINE
>
> The story of Valentine's Day begin the third century with an oppressive
>Roman emperor and a humble Christian martyr. The emperor was Claudius II.
>The Christian was Valentinus.
> Claudius had ordered all Romans to worship twelve gods, and he had made
>it a crime punishable by death to associate with Christians. But
>Valentinus was dedicated to the ideals of Christ, and not even the threat
>of death could keep him from practicing his beliefs. He was arrested and
>imprisoned.
> During the last weeks of Valentinus' life a remarkable thing happened.
>Seeing that he was a man of learning, the jailer asked whether his daughter
>Julia, might be brought to Valentinus for lessons. She had been blind
>since birth.
> Julia was a pretty young girl with a quick mind. Valentinus read
>stories of Rome's history to her. He described the world of nature to her.
>He taught her arithmetic and told her about God. She saw the world through
>his eyes, trusted in his wisdom, and found comfort in his quiet strength.
> "Valentinus, does God really hear our prayers?" Julia asked one day.
> "Yes, my child, He hears each one," he relied.
> "Do you know what I pray for every morning and every night? I pray that
>I might see everything you've told me about!" "God does what is best for
>us if we will only believe in Him," Valentinus said.
> "Oh, Valentinus, I do believe," Julia said intensely. "I do."
> She knelt and grasped his hand. Then they prayed together.
> Suddenly there was a brilliant light in the prison cell. Radiant, Julia
>cried, "Valentinus, I can see! I can see!"
> "Praise be to God!" Valentinus exclaimed.
> On the eve of his death, Valentinus wrote a last note to Julia, urging
>her to stay close to God, and he signed it, "From your Valentine."
> His sentence was carried out the next day, February 14, 270 A.D., near a
>gate that was later named Porta Valentinus in his memory. He was buried at
>what is now the Church of Praxedes in Rome.
> It said that Julia herself planted a pink-blossomed almond tree near his
>grave. Today, the almond tree remains a symbol of abiding love and
>friendship. On each February 14, ST Valentine's Day, messages of
>affection, love, and devotion are exchanged around the world. >>

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