The Legend of St. Valentine

There are many legends of St. Valentine, but I am sharing only my 2 favorite versions:

Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II, Rome was involved in many bloody and unpopular campaigns.  “Claudius the Cruel” was unsuccessfully trying to recruit men to serve as soldiers for his wars.  He believed that the men did not want leave their wives, families and sweethearts.  As a result, he became angry and forbade priests to perform any new marriages.

According to one legend, Valentine, Bishop of Interamna, feeling that this law was unjust, aided the Christians and secretly married couples.  When Claudius learned of this “friend of lovers,” Valentine was apprehended and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to death.  He was clubbed, stoned, and then beheaded.   (The Romans were a rather sadistic bunch!)  Valentine suffered martyrdom on the 14th day of February, 270 AD.


Another version of Valentine is that during his imprisonment the last weeks of his life, a remarkable thing happened.  Seeing that he was a man of learning, the jailer asked whether his daughter, Julia, might be brought to Valentine for lessons.  She had been blind since birth.

Valentine read stories of Rome’s history to her.  He described the world of nature to her.  He taught her arithmetic and told her about God.  She saw the world through his eyes, trusted in his wisdom, and found comfort in his quiet strength.

One day, as they prayed together, a brilliant light appeared in the prison cell.  Radiant, Julia cried, “Valentine, I can see!  I can see!”

On the eve of his death, Valentine wrote a last note to Julia, urging her to stay close to God, and he signed it, “From your Valentine.”

His sentence was carried out the next day, February 14, 270 A.D., near a gate that was later named Porta Valenti in his memory.  He was buried at what is now the Chruch of Praxedes in Rome.

It is said that Julia herself planted a pink-blossomed almond tree near his grave.  Today, the almond tree remains a symbol of abiding love and friendship.


Now, here is my Valentine, who is for me the very definition of LOVE on earth:

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Bill is patient and is kind…

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Bill does not envy, does not promote himself,

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Bill is not puffed up,

Bill does not behave rudely,

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Bill does not seek his own,

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Bill is not easily provoked,  

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Bill thinks no evil;    

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Bill does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;

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Bill bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

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Bill never fails!!

I have been FULLY blessed!

God bless your weekend!



About Petty Bunch

The Petty Bunch is what we have called our family since Bill and I (Janina) began our family back in the early 1980s. We have gone down many roads together - homeschooling our kiddoes, enjoying the freedom of entrepreneurship many years, working at "real jobs" other years. Through it all, we have been loved with God's everlasting love, and have found that underneath are His everlasting arms! We are blessed to have been married for over 36 years, and have 3 incredible adult children, a wonderful daughter-in-law, an amazing son-in-law, and SEVEN grandchildren: four precious granddaughters, three handsome grandsons - so far. We are empty nesters, still enjoy the life of an entrepreneur and the freedom it gives us to continue enjoying our kids and now, their kids!
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6 Responses to The Legend of St. Valentine

  1. ABAHM says:

    Thank you for sharing the stories and your love! 

  2. I really enjoyed reading the stories!And ya’ll are just too precious. šŸ™‚

  3. ALDOG1 says:

    Oh, fine, now you have me crying!  That is the dearest, sweetest, most disarming thing I ever saw and read.  My heart is filled with love for both of you.  Nina, you will NEVER know how proud I am to have you for a sister and how much I love you.  And you know how crazy I am about your husband!  What a jewel!  I had never seen that picture of him and Roo (neither of them being provoked-ha).  What a beautiful photo!  And look at the resemblance!  I adore how their lips are kind of reversed.  She has the prominent upper lip (rosebud) and he has the prominent soft bottom lip.  The better to kiss him on. ha  But the expressions, identical. ha  Happy Valentine’s Day, Sis!  God has already blessed you daily.

  4. Aunt Nina, this is one of the best post ever! Y’all are an inspiration to us! Love you!

  5. wondering04 says:

    Great tribute to Bill, Heather

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