Good Morning February 14

Happy St. Valentine’s Day. Very little is known about this man who has given his name to this day, except that he was a third century AD Roman priest martyred on this day and buried in a cemetery north of Rome. The emperor at that time had an edict prohibiting the marriage of young people based on his belief that unmarried soldiers fought better than married ones who did not have to worry about a family. Tradition says that Valentine believed that marriages were very sacred, should be encouraged, and preformed within the Christian church. He secretly married young people contrary to the Emperor’s edict. Valentine was eventually caught, imprisoned and tortured.  The day has evolved into a day of red hearts, roses, and candy, but the center still reminds of the sacredness of the life long union of a man and woman as God ordained. That was a truth the St. Valentine was willing to die for.