The story goes that during the reign of Roman Emperor Claudius II many wars were being waged. The desire for a strong army met with the resistance that many men were not wanting to be soldiers. Claudius thought this was because to many men had wives and children that kept them wanting to be at home. As a result Cladius outlawed marriage. Reasoning that with no marriages men will ignore women and want to be soldiers.
Valentine was a priest that believed in marriage and as a result performed marriages in secret. Valentine was discovered and imprisoned. Valentine refused to recant his faith and to stop performing marriages. As a result he was sentenced to death. He was killed on the 14th of February in 269. It is reported that while he waited his execution he sent letters to friends and family signed Remember your Valentinee.
Who knows what is truth and what is legend?
It is good to think that someone believed so much in something that they were willing to risk death for what they believed was right.
Never forget that God loved you so much that He sent His one and only Son to die for you.
God loved you that much!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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