January 16, 2007
"Love is patient, love is kind..."
"Love is patient, love is kind. It is not
jealous, (love) is not pompous, it is not inflated,
it is not rude, it does not seek its
own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,
it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but
rejoices with the truth.
It bears all things, believes all
things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. If there are
prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if
knowledge, it will be brought to
For we know partially and we prophesy
but when the perfect comes, the partial
will pass away.
When I was a child, I used to talk as a
child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put
aside childish things.
At present we see indistinctly, as in a
mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know
fully, as I am fully known.
So faith, hope, love remain, these
three; but the greatest of these is love. "
St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians, 13:4
NAB"I give you a new commandment: love one another.
As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.
you have love for one another." - Words of Our Lord, Gospel of St. John,
February 14 is St. Valentine's Day.
Valentine Legend states that Valentine, along with St.
Marius, aided the Christian martyrs during the Claudian persecution. In addition
to his other edicts against helping Christians, Claudius had also issued a
decree forbidding marriage. In order to increase troops for his army, he forbade
young men to marry, believing that single men made better soldiers than married
Valentine defied this decree and urged young lovers to come to
him in secret so that he could join them in the sacrament of matrimony.
Eventually he was discovered by the Emperor, who promptly had Valentine arrested
and brought before him. Because he was so impressed with the young priest,
Claudius attempted to convert him to Roman paganism rather than execute him
immediately. However, Valentine held steadfast and in turn attempted to convert
Claudius to Christianity, at which point the Emperor condemned him to death.
While in prison, Valentine was tended by the jailer, Asterius,
and his blind daughter. Asterius' daughter was very kind to Valentine and
brought him food and messages. They developed a friendship and toward the end of
his imprisonment Valentine was able to convert both father and daughter to
Christianity. Legend has it that he also miraculously restored the sight of the
The night before his execution, the priest wrote a farewell
message to the girl and signed it affectionately "From Your Valentine," a phrase
that lives on even to today. He was executed on February 14th, 273 AD in .
The Martyrology says, "At , on the Flaminian Way, the heavenly birthday of
the blessed martyr Valentine, a priest. After performing many miraculous cures
and giving much wise counsel he was beaten and beheaded under Claudius Caesar."
The church in which he is buried existed already in the fourth
century and was the first sanctuary Roman pilgrims visited upon entering the
The valentine has become the universal symbol of friendship and
affection shared each anniversary of the priest's execution -- St. Valentine's
Day. Valentine has also become the patron of engaged couples.
Patron: Affianced couples; against fainting; bee keepers;
betrothed couples; engaged couples; epilepsy; fainting; greeting card
manufacturers; greetings; happy marriages; love; lovers; plague; travellers;
Symbols: Birds; roses; bishop with a crippled or
epileptic child at his feet; bishop with a rooster nearby; bishop refusing to
adore an idol; bishop being beheaded; priest bearing a sword; priest holding a
sun; priest giving sight to a blind girl.
|Forget Me Not Medium Wildflower Gold Cross|
| Forget-Me-Not Small Wildflower Cross"Love For Eternity" Each gift item is unique, hand-crafted with
home-grown wildflowers native to Colorado, and delicately captured in
resin to preserve their vivid colors and natural beauty. Wildflowers
have a language of their own, this gift from nature is yours to
|Forget-Me-Not Medium Wildflower Cross|
| St. Valentine Sterling Oval Medal
This oval St. Valentine's medal (1in. x 3/4in.) shows St. Valentine
(of Rome) or (of Terni) standing by a tree stump with an axe as the
symbol of his martyrdom. St. Valentine was martyred because he gave
aid to Christians awaiting martyrdom while in prison. He is the patron
of young people, engaged couples and happy marriages. This medal comes
on a 24in. stainless steel endless chain in a deluxe gift box. This item comes with a lifetime guarantee. If it ever breaks or
tarnishes just send it back for repair or replacement. This guarantee
takes precedence over our standard return policy.
| First Comes Love
Author: Dr. Scott Hahn, Ph.D.
| God is Love (Deus Caritas Est)
Deluxe Hardcover Edition
Author:Pope Benedict, XVI
|Love And Responsibility Author: Karol Wojtyla|
|Talks On The Song Of Songs Author: St. Bernard of Clairvaux|
|The Art Of Loving God
Author: St. Francis De Sales
|A Revolution Of Love--The Meaning Of Mother Teresa
Author: David Scott
|Say it with Flowers--St. Therese As a Child, Adult T-shirts|
|O Love Divine-CD Author: His Majesty's Musicians|
|Sacred Heart Of Jesus Decorative Tile
Immaculate Heart Of Mary Decorative Tile
| God Loves Us All Picture Book
Author:Fr. Lawrence G Lovasik, S.V.D.
|I Love My Pet
Author:Fr. Jude Winkler, OFM Conv.
|Say It With Flowers--St. Therese As A Child, Kid's T-shirts|
Learn more about the Catholic Faith - an ongoing series: Today's
January 17 is the Feast of
Anthony the Abbot