Cherish Your Valentine!
Year after year, Valentine's Day has become more and more popular throughout the world, gaining new followers from the most diverse cultures.
Apart from the obvious influence of western civilization spreading across the globe, I like to believe it's not just that, but also a more subtle reason, a thing of substance, and that is the inner meaning of this celebration: the willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice in the name of love.
Back in third century AD, a roman priest put his faith in love above everything else.
At that time, it is said that the emperor Claudius II considered that unmarried soldiers fought much better than married ones, for obvious reasons such as the latter's concern about their wives and families back home, so he passed an edict that forbidden the marriage of young people.
Alongside that, he also persecuted Christians.
Saint Valentine's love for the young couples that suffered through that prohibition led him to secretly officiate marriage rituals, thus undermining the emperor's decision. Ofcourse word spread and he got arrested and imprisoned.
It is said that during his detention he managed to heal his prosecutor's blind daughter, who miraculously regained her sight. Her father, the judge, eventually becoming a Christian himself.
Valentine and the judge's daughter fell in love and legend says it's his farewell letter to her that initially contained the now famous signature: “From Your Valentine.”
Saint Valentine's devotion and self-sacrifice in the name of love exceeds religious barriers and reaches the core of human heart.
This celebration is really about our own devotion towards our loved ones, our tolerance as well as our determination to withstand harsh times together, to maintain unity, commitment and kindness in our marriage or partnerships, no matter how sweet or bitter life we live every day.
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