This Week: Realizing the true meaning of Valentine



By Kelvin Esiasa

A friend told me that it’s important to forget the Lions and crocodiles one had met when crossing the rivers. He also mentioned that it was a painful experience when one reflects on the path they had taken in life.

My friend was trying to explain the importance of forgiving the people who had wronged us in the past when we needed them most. This talk was triggered after a discussion we had on a person who was mistreated in his childhood, but later he was celebrated and a number of his relatives were flocking to his house asking for assistance.

The story was also triggered after a reflection on the case for Joseph in the bible. We shared the fact that the case for Joseph was an inspiration and a  foretell that life could change at any time such that the people we overlook today would be the kings we would worship and pay homage tomorrow.

Another story that influenced the discussion was a case for St. Valentine. David Kithcart wrote for Christian Broadcasting News 700 club that St.Valentine was a Roman Priest at a time when there was an emperor called Claudias who persecuted the church. David also write that Claudias had an edict that prohibited the marriage of young people.

So Valentine was caught marrying Christian couples and aiding Christians who were being persecuted under Emperor Claudius in Rome. Valentinus was arrested and imprisoned, he was sentenced to a three part execution of a beating, stoning and finally decapitation all because of his stand for Christian marriage. His last words he wrote while on death row were in a note to one of the judges (Asterius’) daughter who is believed to have been healed by Valentine. These words have inspired today’s romantic missives by signing it, “from your Valentine”.

imageToday Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14. It is a festival of romantic love and many people give cards, letters, flowers or presents to their spouse or partner. They may also arrange a romantic meal in a restaurant or night in a hotel. Common symbols of Valentine’s Day are hearts, red roses and Cupid.

Therefore, as the world celebrate Valentine’s Day it’s important that the valentine congregants realize the true meaning of Valentine. It is very important that the valentinas do recognize that the romance being celebrated today was actually a bitter pill that St. Valentine endured and scarified in 278 A.D.

Valentine’s Day  remains one of the activities where individuals express love for each other. It imitates the passion for love that   St. Valentine expressed to Asterius’ daughter even when he was tortured and  being beheaded.

It also eminent from  the unconditional  love Jesus Christ had for Mankind. Jesus Christ is an inspiration and hope to many people. Jesus Christ loved mankind to point that he still confessed love even when he was persecuted.

So, Valentine’s Day remind all Valentinas that love was a payment to those that persecuted us. As Jesus Christ said love your enemy so Valentinas should also know that Valentine is the time to care those that are injured and need love the most.

Although Valentine’s Day is not considered as a religious event, it has taught humanity to defend their faith regardless of the affliction. St.Valentine taught people to love their partner and make marriage sacred.

Lastly I end by reciting the prayer for St.Valentine extracted from Catholic online;

“Dear God, please help me heal From grief, loss and the pain of love gone wrong. Let me leave deep heartache it in my past. And be whole and happy again.

In my fear of never finding true love. I have been needy and overly-anxious, Desperate and too willing to settle. Please calm the need in me that leads to unwise choices. Fill the emptiness in my heart that makes me crave unhealthy love.

Restore my faith in love and relationships and grant me the ability to love myself fully.  And to feel lovable and wanted from within. Let the healing process begin inside my heart. “