There are many conflicting tales surrounding the mythology of the holy priest, Saint Valentine of Rome: one of them being that, due to their attachment to their wives, many Roman soldiers were reluctant to join the military leagues of Claudius the Cruel. Instead of taking a hint from his friendly nickname that he may want to consider lightening up, he went and made marriage illegal. As a a result, good Valentine performed weddings for Christian soldiers on the low down. For his acts of rebellion, he was sentenced to death, then executed on February 14th, around 270 A.D.
Legend continues that on the day of his execution, he restored sight to his jailer’s daughter, then left behind a romantic note to her signed, “your Valentine”. After his death, the hopelessly romantic priest was granted sainthood for his deeds.
Now, while you may not be expected to die a martyr or restore your loved one’s eyesight—a little more than a valentine will go a long way.
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