A litte history lesson…
St. Valentine was a 3rd century Roman Saint. He was a clergyman who was instrumental in the release of captive Christians. It is believed that he was summoned to the home of a judge who asked Valentinus to pray for his daughter who had lost her sight. Valentinus laid his hands upon her and prayed for her sight and she was healed. The judge having been humbled, released all the Christian prisoners under his control and asked what he must do. Valentinus instructed his to destroy all the idols in his home and fast in preparation for baptism. St. Valentine witnessed to the judge and baptized he and his entire household of 44 people.
Sometime later, Valentinus was arrested for evangelizing. He eventually found himself before the emperor of Rome Claudius Gothicus (Claudius II). While before the emperor Valentinus shared the gospel with him in an attempt to convert the emperor to Christianity. Claudius refused and condemned Valentinus to death, commanding that Valentinus either renounce his faith or he would be beaten with clubs and beheaded. Valentinus refused and Claudius’ command His execution February 14, 269AD.
I wonder how history devolved from remembrance of a Christian martyr to a small fat angel that shot arrows of love? The love of St. Valentine is a testimony of the love of Christ. May we love in all our relationships with the love of the Lord.