February 14

There are at least fifty Christian martyrs named Valentinus (Valentine). The most likely candidate for the original saint was a priest named Valentine who helped other Christians who were being persecuted by Claudius II in third century Rome. Some say this Valentine was arrested because he refused to follow a royal decree not to perform weddings for soldiers. Whatever the actual reason Valentine was arrested, while he was imprisoned, he performed a miracle to restore sight to the jailer's daughter. The jailer converted to Christianity. Nevertheless, Valentine was beaten, and beheaded on February 14, 269 A.D. Legend has it that before his execution, Valentine wrote a note for the jailer's daughter signed, "from your Valentine." This note may have contributed to our current Valentine's Day customs.

Around 270, Pope Julius I built a Roman church in this Valentine's memory.

Valentine is the patron saint of lovers.

If Valentine had taken the Spiritual Types Test, he probably would have been a Lover. Valentine is remembered on February 14.

Image is painting by David Teniers III (1638–1685).

Today's Reflection