When you hear “St. Valentine” what do you think about? Flowers? Balloons? Stuffed animals & chocolate? February 14th? Satan’s day (for singles)? My guess is – “yes of course.” (at least for one of these) What if I told you there is much more to St. Valentine that chocolate covered strawberries and cupid flying around shooting arrows into young love birds?
So before you read any further, ask your question:
What would you advocate for?
Share your thoughts in the comments area below.
Quick historic facts about St. Valentine, himself:
As a Roman priest around 250+/- AD, St. Valentine did not think it was a good idea for young couples to get married. See back then, the “traditional” way of marriage was to have Polygamy partnerships. Thus, he believed young soldiers who got married would be terrible on the battlefield because they might be too caught up thinking about lots of lady-lovin’ back at home, instead of being focused and effective enough out in the field. Okay, that sounds pretty reasonable if you ask me; lots of lady-lovin’ is not such a bad thing. So instead of leaving too many hotties back home, he (Valentine) was determined to have people do this whole “one man & one woman committed relationship”, which was a sin! He would marry people in secret. Oops, that turned out to be not a good idea. So the Emperor imprisoned Valentine for these acts, but then for a few reasons the same Emperor started liking Valentine. But when Valentine made the mistake to try to convert the Emperor to wanting everybody to have a 2 person marriage, it was the bottom-line… So that was the last act for Valentine. He was beaten with clubs, stoned, and beheaded on February 14th, around 270.
All because he wanted people to marry single spouses… Dang him!
Pretty romantic so far, right?
Since St. Valentine has been well-known for wanting to make marriages set to a couple, instead of a polygamy partnership, he is known as the patron for engaged couples, happy marriages, and lovers.
Ok so there was the history lesson, get to the point Kevin… Have you continued to think about what I asked about earlier?
What would you advocate for?
Do you love something so much that you would stand up for it, no manner what? Some people say they would stand up for their children, their partner, their religious beliefs, their pets, or maybe something else altogether. But would you stand up for what you believe in? I mean, here is a guy who stood up for couples who wanted to be happy and go against the government (i.e., the Church) and do what they felt was right. Go against traditional marriage and join in a partnership with the one other person they loved.
Isn’t that what we all ask for today? Is that such a big thing to ask for?
I want to say there are things I would advocate for so much that I would be willing to die for them, but I think when it comes down to it, there are probably only 2 or 3 things that I would feel that way for. Look inside of yourself, and think about that about yourself. Look deep inside.
If you find there are not things, I don’t think that is a bad thing.
If you find there are things though, really think about them and why you feel that way. Do you show that in your daily life? If not, why not???
Share your thoughts in the comments area below; what / who would die for?
Additional History Lesson – Extra spin for those who read this far:
Did you know St. Valentine is also known as a Patron for many things other things? The one that really hits home for me – Patron of epileptics. The name “Valentine” and the German word for “fallen,” which is gefallenen, as it’s pronunciation sounds like “Valentine.” So I guess when you have “fallen” in love for St. Valentine’s Day, you might want to think again what you are implying…
< Research credit: Epilepsy UK >
< Sense of humor credit: me >