St. Valentine: Christian Love Means Death to Self

Jackie & Bobby

St. Valentine was tortured and beheaded by Emperor Claudius II in the 3rd century for marrying Christian couples in secret.

I don’t think I ever heard that factoid growing up in school. Candy, cards, and flowers seemed to dominate the conversation that day.

Then I got older and it seemed like I had to do something romantic because Hallmark told me to. But when I learned the origin of this holiday (a term that comes from “holy day”) I remember being confronted with the demands of what love truly means.

As a Christian, it means death to yourself. Perhaps that is in small ways, like letting your wife sleep in while you manage the kids, or giving up a listening ear to the coworker who interrupts you. Maybe it’s speaking the truth when it’s unpopular to do so. Or maybe it is the demand of your very life.

God is…

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Four February Saints

Saints are men and women whose souls have reached heaven.

The Catholic Church has a specific process for declaring men and women as saints and over 10,000 have been canonized!

There are also many holy men and women who have not been officially canonized.

Below is information about four saints with feast days in February: Blaise, Agatha, Amata, and Thalelaeus.

You may have heard of all, some or none of these saints.

Each has a unique story and personality, just like you and me. Each has something valuable to teach us about being a faithful disciple of Christ.

“The only real sadness, the only real failure, the only great tragedy in life, is not to become a saint.” ~ Léon Bloy

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