True Love

True Love

For God so loVed the world
       That He gAve
              His onLy
              BegottEn
                     SoN
                          That whosoever
        Believeth In Him
            Should Not perish
         But have Everlasting life.”
                                   ~John 3:16
H/t beloved fellow PatriotAngel
Who was Saint Valentine?
At least three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, are mentioned in the early martyrologies under date of 14 February. One is described as a priest at Rome, another as bishop of Interamna (modern Terni), and these two seem both to have suffered in the second half of the third century and to have been buried on the Flaminian Way, but at different distances from the city. In William of Malmesbury’s time what was known to the ancients as the Flaminian Gate of Rome and is now the Porta del Popolo, was called the Gate of St. Valentine. The name seems to have been taken from a small church dedicated to the saint which was in the immediate neighborhood. Of both these St. Valentines some sort of Acta are preserved but they are of relatively late date and of no historical value. Of the third Saint Valentine, who suffered in Africa with a number of companions, nothing further is known.
Saint Valentine’s Day
The popular customs associated with Saint Valentine’s Day undoubtedly had their origin in a conventional belief generally received in England and France during the Middle Ages, that on 14 February, i.e. half way through the second month of the year, the birds began to pair. Thus in Chaucer’s Parliament of Foules we read:

For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day
Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate.

For this reason the day was looked upon as specially consecrated to lovers and as a proper occasion for writing love letters and sending lovers’ tokens.
[Source: Catholic Encyclopedia]
~Eowyn

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  1. Happy Valentines Day everyone!!!! [just yesterday I had a male and a female hummingbird showup!]

     
  2. Thanks for the reminder of TRUE LOVE.

     
  3. Hope all had a great day!
    Hard for my bff whose husband filed for divorce TODAY – jerk! We spent the evening celebrating our friendship. One of the four types of love, “philia” meaning friends. The exact type of love that exists here!

     

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