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Tuesday, February 14, 2023

SAINT VALENTINE: Patron Saint of Christian Marriage

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SAINT VALENTINE: Patron Saint of Christian Marriage

Saint Valentine, officially known as Saint Valentine of Rome, is a third-century Catholic saint.  Setting aside the chocolate, flowers, cards, and "sexy getaways" now associated with the great Catholic bishop, February 14th is a Catholic feast day. The unimaginative post-Christian world has dropped the "Saint" part, for obvious reasons, but Valentine's Day provides yet another opportunity for us to remind the Brave New World that, without Christianity, they've got nothing. 

That sodomite prancing around the Grammys the other night, dressed up as the Devil, has got NOTHING he didn't steal from Christian theology, history, artistry, etc.  In other words, they've got absolutely no culture at all if left on their own.  They have nothing but broken altars, broken families, broken lives, and millions upon millions of the broken little bodies of the aborted unborn.  

Sodomites and fornicators celebrating Valentine's Day? Do they realize how absurd this is? St. Valentine is a champion of Christian love and marriage. He was martyred and then buried on the Via Flaminia to the north of Rome for his efforts to bring Christ into a pagan world nearly as bad as ours today. 

It makes no difference to me that the infiltrated post-conciliar Vatican removed St. Valentine from the General Roman Calendar in 1969. That was the same year they ripped the altar of sacrifice out of the sanctuary and stuck Jesus in a broom closet. 

The point is, Saint Valentine really existed. He was a Catholic priest and bishop, and eventually became a saint and a martyr of the Roman Martyrology.

He was the former Bishop of Terni, Narnia and Amelia. And while discussing religion and faith with Judge Asterius, Valentine pledged his fealty to Jesus Christ. The judge immediately put Valentine and his faith to the test.

St. Valentine refused to renounce Christianity and was executed outside the Flaminian Gate on February 14, 269.  

St. Valentine was presented with the judge's blind daughter and told to restore her sight. If he succeeded, the judge vowed to do anything for Valentine. Placing his hands onto her eyes, Valentine restored the child's vision.

Judge Asterius obeyed Valentine's requests. Asterius broke all the idols around his house, fasted for three days and became baptized, along with his family and entire 44-member household. The now faithful judge then freed all of his Christian inmates.

St. Valentine was later arrested again for continuing to try to convert people to Christianity. He was sent to Rome under the emperor Claudius II, and was martyred during Claudius' reign. He was imprisoned for marrying Christian couples and aiding Christians being persecuted by Claudius in Rome. Both acts were considered serious crimes.

A relationship between the saint and emperor began to grow, until Valentine attempted to convince Claudius of Christianity. Claudius became enraged and sentenced Valentine to death, commanding him to renounce his faith or be beaten with clubs and beheaded.

St. Valentine refused to renounce Christianity and was executed outside the Flaminian Gate on February 14, 269.  Pope Julius I built a church near Ponte Mole in his memory, which for a long time gave name to the gate now called Porta del Popolo, formerly Porta Valetini.

Archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to St. Valentine. In 496 AD Pope Gelasius marked February 14th as a celebration in honor of his martyrdom.

Relics of St. Valentine can be found all over the world.   St. Valentine is the Patron Saint of engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travelers, and young people. 

So, indeed, Happy SAINT Valentine's Day.  May the great patron saint of happy marriages intercede on our behalf and restore marriage and the family to our neo-pagan post-Christian civilization . . . before it's too late. 

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Michael J. Matt | Editor

Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.