The story of Valentine's Day begins in the third century with an oppressive Roman emperor and a humble Christian martyr. The emperor was Claudius II. The Christian was Valentinus.
Claudius had ordered all Romans to worship twelve gods and he had made it a crime punishable by death to associate the Christians. But Valentinus was dedicated to the ideals of Christ, and not even the threat of death could keep him from practicing his beliefs. He was arrested and imprisoned.
During the last week of Valentnus' life a remarkable thing happened. Seeing that he was a man of learning, the jailer asked whether his daughter Julia, might be brought to Valntinus for lessons. She had been blind since birth.
Julia was a pretty young girl with a quick mind. Valentinus read stories of Rome's history to her. He described the world of nature to her. He taught her arithmetic and told her about God. She saw the world through his eyes, trusted in his wisdom and found comfort in his quite strength.
"Valentinus, does God really hear our prayers?" Julia asked one day.
"Do you know what I pray for every morning and every night? I pray that I might see. I want so much to see everything you've told me about!"
"God does what is best for us if we will only believe in Him," Valentnus said.
"Oh, Valentinus, I do believe," Julia said intensely. "I do."
She knelt and grasped his hand. then they prayed together.
Suddenly there was a brilliant light in the prison cell. radiant, Julia cried, "Valentinus, I can see! I can see!"
"Praise be to God!" Valentinus exclaimed. On the eve of his death, Valentinus wrote a last note to Julia, urging her to stay close to God, and he signed it "From your Valentine".
His sentence was carried out the next day, February 14, 270 A.D, near a gate that was later named Porta Valentini in his memory. He was buriedat what is now the church of Praxedes in Rome.
It is said that Julia herself planted a pink-blossomed almond tree near his grave. Today, the almond tree remains a symbol of abiding love and friendship. On each February 14, St. Valentine's Day, messages of affection, love and devotion are exchanged around the world.
I found this on a old greeting card I had received a long time ago. I loved reading the story of Valentine's Day and I still love reading it today.
Did you see my last post? if not check out my great photos I took of the Lesser Gold Finch and my new craft room photos.
This weekend I went to get Morgan and brought up to visit me. I gave her a scrapbook album and some papers and elements and let her decorate a scrapbook using photos I had taken of her and her friends that I had developed at Target. Morgan had a lot of fun decorating the album and she made some cute bookmarks as well for her friends.
Here is some photos of Morgan and her album.
The front of Morgan's Album, it turned out darling don't you think?