“Nothing is sweeter than love, nothing stronger or higher or wider; nothing is more pleasant, nothing fuller, and nothing better in heaven or on earth, for love, is born of God and cannot rest except in God, Who is above all created things.”
-St. Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ
St. Valentine’s Day, is another feast day in the church that the pagan world has taken back today. You see during the Middle Ages, the Church took St. Valentine’s name and used it to overpower the pagan holiday, Lupercalia. Lupercalia is a licentious Roman fertility feast day on February 15th. The church used St. Valentin’s death, the eve before as a way to replace this pagan celebration.
Now, the pagan world has removed the word saint from it, calls it Valentine’s Day and sells thousands of flowers, roses, chocolate, and so on.
However, we can take back this feast by passing down to our children the history of this saint, who died for the love of others, for the love of the church and Christ.
St. Valentine was a Roman priest martyred during Claudius’ reign. He was martyred for marrying Christian couples which was outlaw at that time. St. Valentine was a close friend of Claudius. Being a close friend, he wanted to bring Christ to him. Valentine loved the faith and his friend, Claudius. However, Claudius ,was blind to his own prideful ways, had sentenced Valentine to death, commanding him to renounce his faith or be beaten with clubs and beheaded.
But St. Valentin’s love for Christ and Church was more than his own life, winning him martyred sainthood. How many of us can say that we truly love others, love them so as to bring them to Christ?
We know that the promoters of abortion do not know love. They don’t know Christ. How do we love them? How do we bring them to the love of Christ? This is no easy task. We might not even personally know someone who is pro-choice in real life but we know that they are out there. We can bring the love of Christ through our prayers and fasting. Read how I share one simple yet powerful way to do this, Pray for conversions.
So let’s celebrate this courageous priest’s feast day with love for ourselves, our families, and those who need the love of Christ the most.
Let’s Celebrate: Here you will find some sweet ideas from coloring pages, crafts, snacks, and gifts to buy for this beautiful Feast Day.
Here are some great activities to teach the history of the legend of St. Valentine’s Day.
or this one. Both are downloadable.
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This book is as well on sale for $7.36 on Amazon. We have this book. It’s very lovely!
I love this craft below, you can add Bible quotes around the hands or what does the child love about the person they are making the craft for! I think I will use this for my pre-school co-op class.
I love snacks for St. Valentine’s. So much fun!
I am going to try these Natural Jello heart treats.
Here you find some sweet gifts for St. Valentine’s that is outside of your typical chocolate and flowers. These gifts come from Catholic business. Support them!
Have a Blessed Sunday!