“All that we do is a means to an end, but love is an end in itself,
because God is love." - St Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein)
"The greatest love story
of all time
in a small white host."
Ven Fulton J Sheen
Sts Cyril and Methodius
Byzantine Greek brothers
"Apostles to the Slavs"
Translated Liturgy into Slavic language
using an alphabet devised by Cyril
FEAST DAY - February 14
These are holy men who became friends of God,
glorious heralds of divine truth. (Today's Entrance Antiphon)
Sts Cyril and Methodius, pray for us!
St. Valentine of
Rome (c. 270) was a priest in during the reign of Emporer Claudius II. Not
much is known about his life with certainty, but according to legend he gave aid
to martyrs imprisoned for their faith, and it was for this work, along with his
own Christian beliefs, that he was arrested. One account has it that the emperor
banned all marriages and engagements in Rome believing this was the reason Roman
men were unwilling to serve in the army. Valentine defied this unjust decree and
continued to perform marriages for lovers in secret. He was arrested, and while
in prison he restored sight to the jailer's blind daughter, causing the jailer
and his entire extended family, all 46 of them, to immediately convert to
Christianity. Upon hearing this, Emperor Claudius II ordered his execution. St.
Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who had become his
friend, and signed it "From Your
Valentine." He was beheaded on
February 14th. St, Valentine is the patron saint of bee keepers, betrothed and
engaged couples, lovers, love, happy marriages, and young people. His feast day
is February 14th. Rome
St. Valentine of
St Valentine, pray for us!