Every February 14, around the world, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. Up until now, many people are yet to know this mysterious saint, and where these traditions came from. Thus; the reason for this story.
Valentine was a catholic priest who served during the third century in Rome. The was an Emperor that was incharge of the roman empire, his name was Claudius. It got to a time when their men were no longer interested in joining their army, and it became a problem as the number of their army was diminishing, their reason was that they valued their wives and family more than living the comfort of their wives to join the army.
When Emperor Claudius II descovered this, he decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he then prohibited young men from getting married. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.
When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. He was then thrown into prison pending the day he would face his death sentence; while in jail, many young people both the ones he has joined together in marriage and those that supported his actions came to visit him, throwing flowers and notes up to his window telling him they too believed in love.
One of these young people was the daughter of the prison guard. Her father allowed her to visit St Valentine in the cell at will. Sometimes they would sit and talk for hours.
On the day St Valentine was to be put to death, he left the girl a little note thanking her for her friendship and loyalty and signed it, “Love from your Valentine.” That note started the custom of exchanging love messages on Valentine’s Day. It was written on the day St Valentine died, February 14, 269 A.D.
Today, we have missed the real message and the reason for this date. It has become a day to engage in illicit relationship other than the kind of relationship St. Valentine preached, supported and died for. It has become an avenue for girls to extort money from the opposite sex in the name of lover’s day. It has become an avenue to engage in pre-marital sex other than the real reason for the day. It has also become an avenue for married men and women to commit adultery in the name of lover’s day.
Valentine did not die for illicit $ex, adultery and sinful activities, but died for defending God’s course as marriage is an institution instituted by God himself. These urgly situation have lured many young men into stealing to be able to cater for their lover’s Valentine’s day expenses. Many people have died on the process of celebrating this so called lover’s day as a result of the participants not being preperly informed on the real reason for the day.
On this note, I challenge all of us to condemn this persistent misunderstanding in the strongest possible language, noting that we owe ourselves dignity and respect. Let’s from time to time think of how to improve and develop our spiritual life with the understanding that St Valentine encouraged sex in marriage other than what is obtainable on 14th of Febuary.
Let us use this day to reorganise our true agape love for one another. Let us use this period to acknowledge the fact that true love is of the Lord and that we have every thing to gain by abiding in God’s love. Therefore, let us come to terms that God is love and love is God. He is the reason for this day.
The moment we have it at the back of our mind, St valentine’s day will not be a day to commit fornication, adultery and all sort of abominable things. The time to do this is now as they say “a stitch in time, saves nine”
Happy Valentines Day from all of us at Nigerian Infopedia.
BY JOMO IROHA