History.com was where I learned the possible beginnings of Valentine’s Day.
One story goes like this: A guy named Valentine (the Catholic church has 3 St. Valentines according to History.com) was a priest during the rule of Emperor Claudius II in third century Rome. Ol’ Claude decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, so he made it illegal for young men to marry. I guess he never watched Mulan with the whole “Girl Worth Fighting For” scene. Well, Valentine, being a bit of a priestly rebel, continued to marry young lovers in secret. When the Emperor found out, it cost Valentine his life.
Another legend says Valentine was in prison for helping Christians escape harsh Roman rule. Mr. V fell in love… possibly with the jailor’s daughter. He wrote her a note expressing his love, and signed it “From Your Valentine”.
He believed in loving others.
A legendary guy who believed in love and the love of others so much he was willing to go to prison. A guy who acted on his belief of love in a way that cost him his very life.
Be My Valentine.
Be my person who will stand up for love.
Be my person who loves me so much you are willing to die.
Sounds like Jesus.