Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentines Day ... Spiritual Roots?

Valentines Day really wasn't created by Hallmark, as modern legend has it. Pastor Mark Driscoll gives us an overview of its origins, and it does have Christian roots. He writes . . .

Who Was Valentine?

While the details of his life are sketchy at best, Valentine was allegedly a Christian who was canonized by the Catholic Church as a saint. His name was common and is derived from the Latin word valens, meaning strong and powerful.

One legend claims that Emperor Claudius II (or Claudius the Goth) outlawed marriage because he decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families and he wanted to bolster the strength of his military. But a priest named Valentine secretly performed marriages, thereby defending romance and love.

Read the rest of his article here >>

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Bill H.

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