The American will celebrate the life of Rudolph Valentino who immigrated to the United States in 1913 and worked for a time as a gardener, a dishwasher, and later as a dancer in vaudeville. Who in 1918 went to Hollywood, where he played small parts in films until he was given the role of Julio in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) and immediately became a star due to his popularity being managed by skillful Hollywood press agents. The movie enthusiast will remember Valentino’s films, which were usually romantic dramas, like The Sheik (1921), Blood and Sand (1922), The Eagle (1925), and The Son of the Sheik (1926).
Valentino’s sudden death from a ruptured ulcer at age 31 caused worldwide hysteria, several suicides, and riots at his lying in state, which attracted a crowd that stretched for 11 blocks. Each year after his death a mysterious “Woman in Black,” sometimes several “Women in Black,” appeared at his tomb. Some people amuse themselves by celebrating this death as a sign for true love. Well, I don’t know but the Romans will have another say.
From the pontiff Valentinus born , Rome and died September 827, Rome, we see some fractions celebrating the life of yet another man. A pope for about 40 days during August–September 827. He became archdeacon under Pope St. Paschal I. Beloved for his goodness and piety, he was elected pope in August with lay participation, as mandated by the Constitutio Romana issued by the Carolingian co-emperor Lothar in 824. He died a month later, and little is known of his pontificate. Little being known about his pontificate, still his celebrated widely and a day called valentines’ day by virtue of his name acclaims the roots.
But where the catholic faith has fruitfully influenced the world to which they have not had any protest as the Lutheran move of 1517 is the leveraging of the feast day of February 14 dedicated to the life and works of saints and martyrs, one a priest and another Bishop.
The two legendary martyrs whose lives seem to be historically based. One was a Roman priest and physician who suffered martyrdom during the persecution of Christians by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus and was buried on the Via Flaminia. Pope St. Julius I reportedly built a basilica over his grave. The other, bishop of Terni, Italy, was martyred, apparently also in Rome, and his relics were later taken to Terni. It is possible these are different versions of the same original account and refer to only one person.
But every February 14, when lovers express their affection with greetings and gifts. Although there were several Christian martyrs named Valentine, the day probably took its name from a priest who was martyred about AD 270 by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus. According to legend, the priest signed a letter to his jailer’s daughter, whom he had befriended and with whom he had fallen in love, “from your Valentine.” The holiday also had origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, held in mid-February. The festival, which celebrated the coming of spring, included fertility rites and the pairing off of women with men by lottery. At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day. It came to be celebrated as a day of romance from about the 14th century.
Formal messages, or valentines, appeared in the 1500s, and by the late 1700s commercially printed cards were being used. The first commercial valentines in the United States were printed in the mid-1800s. Valentines commonly depict Cupid, the Roman god of love, along with hearts, traditionally the seat of emotion. Because it was thought that their mating season began in mid-February, birds also became a symbol of the day. Traditional gifts include candy and flowers, particularly red roses, a symbol of beauty and love. The day is popular in the United States as well as in Britain, Canada, and Australia, and it also is celebrated in other countries, including France and Mexico. It has expanded to expressions of affection among relatives and friends.
So when one candidly opposes the Catholic Church or any church for that sake, without putting all its areas of service to scrutiny, then we end up celebrating what we oppose. Saint Valentine, was a martyr and what I know the Catholics vest with red whenever they celebrate the martyr’s life. So today, the acclaimed universal day of love, should also be remembered as the un opposed affirmation that the traditions of the catholic church have formed our cultures to every way. I am just warning everyone who always opposes the Catholics, please keep off valentines’ day or accept the fact that, you belonging to one church, does not make the other one evil and demonic.
Not to be or to sound apologetic, I wish all the people, to try to do something that won’t break or distort the love that one has for you for to do that, is to offend the people who have crafted this tradition. Today, both the Catholics and all other faiths, let this be a reminder that without our had feelings the world is actually one.