Risking It All For Love – The Origins of Valentine’s Days

Risking it all for love and the origins of valentines day

Love makes us do crazy things. It’s power pushes us beyond reason. But with all the mania that’s associated with love, it still is an amazing feeling. One that we all crave and yearn to have in our lives.

Love can transform the meekest of men in mightiest of gladiators.

And one of love’s hero’s is a man named St. Valentine.

That’s right, THE, St. Valentine. The guy that started off this whole Valentine’s Day thingy.

The Origins of Valentine’s Day

In one of the stories that surround this day and this mysterious man, St. Valentine is portrayed as a quite the canny rogue.

Angered by the king’s new decree to ban young men from marrying because his majesty wants a bigger army. St. Valentine is compelled to act in accordance with a higher law and risks it all for love.

Without a thought for his own life, he would marry young couples in secret. Meeting the lovebirds in hidden and secluded spots. Basking in the glow of love and binding people together with it, at the risk of losing his own life.

Because if he were caught performing these secret midnight marriages, that would be treason. A crime against King and country. Punishable by death.

But knowing that his cause was righteous he ignored the pleadings of his reasoning mind and followed the deep call of his heart.

Can you guess what happens next?

He gets caught.

Valentine is then charged with treason, which is punishable by death, and is sent to prison to await his destiny.

Love, which transcends all, finds it way into St. Valentines dark and dingy little cell.

And as the story goes, he falls in love with the head jailers daughter. A beautiful, caring and gentle women. She too believes that love is the highest law and visits Valentine daily. In a short time the two of them fall madly in love.

The fated day arrives and Valentine is about to be put to death. And just before he’s ripped from his cell and cast into deaths dark embrace St. Valentine does one final act of love.

He writes a love letter to his sweetheart and signs it, “From Your Valentine.”

And since that day St. Valentine’s legend and story has grown.

Keep Being Buddhaful!

Ian

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Risking It All For Love – The Origins of Valentine's Days

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Love makes us do crazy things. It’s power pushes us beyond reason. But with all the mania that’s associated with love, it still is an amazing feeling. One that we all crave and yearn to have in our lives.

Love can transform the meekest of men in mightiest of gladiators.

And one of love’s hero’s is a man named St. Valentine.

That’s right, THE, St. Valentine. The guy that started off this whole Valentine’s Day thingy. (more…)

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