By the way, the color red is associated with St. Valentine’s Day because Valentine died as a martyr. Valentine was a holy priest in Rome, who assisted the martyrs in the persecution under Claudius II. He was apprehended, and sent by the emperor to the prefect of Rome, who, on finding all his promises to make him renounce his faith ineffectual, commanded him to be beaten with clubs, and afterwards, to be beheaded, He was executed on February 14, about the year 270. So instead of celebrating some sort of syrupy sentimentality, I suggest that St. Valentine’s Day focus more on the sacrifices that true love demands of us.
- Bishop Thomas John Paprocki