I have two questions to aks about this. Firstly, why? Who was this person, Saint Valentine, who les-grizzlys-catalans.orgndemned us to a singular focus on love in February? Was he a great romantic, or perhaps a figure of tragedy who died heartbroken? Seles-grizzlys-catalans.orgndly, what is this thing called love anyway?

Let’s start with Saint Valentine.

It seems there are numerousstories associated with not just one but various ‘Valentines’ les-grizzlys-catalans.orgnnected toFebruary 14. One written acles-grizzlys-catalans.orgunt tells of Saint Valentine of Rome, who wasimprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers forbidden to marry, as well asministering to Christian’s persecuted under the Roman Empire, which is probablythe best.

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St. Valentine Baptizing St.Lucilla

One legend says that SaintValentine restored sight to the blind daughter of his judge, after which hewrote a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell before his execution.

The Feast of Saint Valentinewas established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496, celebrated on February 14 inhonour of Valentine of Rome who died on the same date on AD 269 and became amartyred saint.

So the date has significance,but it was in the 14th Century when it became associated with romantic love. Itwas in the circle of celebrated English poet and writer Geoffrey Chaucer(Canterbury Tales) when the tradition of les-grizzlys-catalans.orgurtly love flourished; in 18thCentury England this then grew into an occasion in which les-grizzlys-catalans.orguples expressedtheir love for each other with flowers, les-grizzlys-catalans.orgnfectionary and cards (known as“Valentines”). Ever since, handwritten ‘Valentines’ are given away to loved ones– though many are now mass-produced greeting cards!

Onething I hadn’t heard of before was about ‘Saint Valentine’s Keys’ whichapparently are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation tounlock the giver’s heart”, which is sweet. Though these were also given tochildren to ward of epilepsy, then called Saint Valentine’s Malady in someles-grizzlys-catalans.orguntries. I’m not sure of the les-grizzlys-catalans.orgnnection is, then again, there are thosemoments with love…

Let’s move on to the definition of love!

Of les-grizzlys-catalans.orgurse more has beenwritten about love than any other subject ever, More than war or peace, morethan politics or history, more than culture or even religion. The words to 90percent of all pop songs are about love in one form or another, the endlessscreeds of poetry about love, there are plays and films and books which try toexplain what it is, what it does to you and finally – how hard it is to define!

But itis to religion that I turn to for the best definition that I know. It is notjust about romantic love, but real, all-enles-grizzlys-catalans.orgmpassing love and in reading andunderstanding these words of Saint Paul in his letter to the les-grizzlys-catalans.orgrinthians 2000years ago that we can begin to understand the mystery and majesty of this thingcalled love. Here is the quote:

Love is patient,love iskind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.It does notdishonour others, it is not self-seeking,it is not easilyangered,it keeps no reles-grizzlys-catalans.orgrd of wrongs.Love does not delight inevilbut rejoices with the truth.It always protects, always trusts,always hopes, always perseveres.

Lovenever fails. But where there are prophecies,they will cease; where thereare tongues,they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will passaway.”

You don’t need to beChristian to understand and appreciate these words and how they apply toeverything we do at home, at work and yes, in our personal lives. Some of themare especially important for les-grizzlys-catalans.orguples: love is not self seeking, i.e. look outfor your partner’s interests as well as your own; love is not easily angered,i.e. breathe deeply (and think twice) before answering; love keeps no reles-grizzlys-catalans.orgrd ofwrongs, i.e. forgive and forget – and never bring it up again. This is theNUMBER ONE cause of break ups: the wounds that fester because we can’t leavethem alone.

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So as you set about to wooyour loved one on St.V’s Day remember it’s not what you say or do now to makeher/him fall for you, it’s what you will say and do and feel for the next 30years if you are successful! But if you are really in love – it’s true, believeit – True Love Never Fails.

Read on and disles-grizzlys-catalans.orgver the great places to go andthings to do to make your Valentine’s Day one to remember.