Did you enjoy the story of Josephine Bakhita? We hope you’ll join us for another week of “The Saints: Adventures of Faith and Courage” to hear the story of a third-century saint whose day is now a winter holiday: Saint Valentine.
Valentine was a priest who ministered to Christians facing persecution in the Umbrian region of Italy. Stories of him highlight that he miraculously healed a young girl’s eyesight in defense of Jesus as true Lord. He converted a forty-person household to the faith and continued to preach before he was arrested, brought before Emperor Claudius II, and ultimately martyred after encouraging the emperor to embrace Christianity.
Our valentine traditions are said to have come from a note this great saint wrote, signing it “from your Valentine.” It stuck and has been used ever since on “Valentine’s Day,” February 14th.
Listen to more of Valentine’s story of courage in persecution on Monday, February 12th at thesaintspodcast.com.