The story of Valentine’s Day begins with St. Valentine in the third century with an oppressive Roman emperor and a modest Christian Martyr. The emperor was Claudius II, and Christian Martyr was Valentinus.
A strict law was implemented by Claudius, according to which all Romans must worship twelve gods, and has made it a law-breaking carrying a punishment of by death to associate with Christians. But Valentinus was devoted to the ideals of Christ; not even the warning of death could keep him from performing his beliefs. Because of which he was detained and caged.
When Valentinus was breathing his life’s last breath, a remarkable thing took place. Seeing that he was the man of learning, jailer asked whether his lovely daughter, Julia, might be brought to Valentinus for classes. As, Julia was blind since birth; she was pretty young with a sharp mind. Valentinus taught her arithmetic and told her about God.
“Valentinus, does God hear our devotions?” Julia queried one day.
“Yes, my child, He listens to each one.”
“Do you know what I always pray for every morning & every night? I plead that I might see. I want so much to see the whole thing which you have told me about!”
“God does what is good for us if we will only trust in Him,” Valentinus said.
“Oh, Valentinus, I do believe! I do!” She kneeled down and gripped his hand.
They sat silently together, each praying. Unexpectedly, there was a vivid light in the prison cell. Beaming, Julia squawked, “Valentinus, I can see! I can see!”
“Praise be to God!” Valentinus shouted, and he kneel down in prayer.
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On the evening before of his death, Valentinus wrote the last letter to Julia, advising her to stay close to God. He signed it, “From your Valentine.” His verdict was passed out the next day; February 14, 270 A.D., near a gateway, which was far ahead named Porta Valentini in his memory.
St. Valentine was concealed at what is now the Church of Praxedes in Rome. It is also said that Julia engrained a pink-blossomed almond tree near his momentous. Today, the almond tree rests a symbol of surviving love and friendship. On every February 14, Saint Valentine’s Day, messages of friendliness, love, and devotion are swap over around the world.