The Meaning of St. Valentine's Day
The Meaning of St. Valentine's Day By RUTH CAMERON I HAVE often wondered what was the oxact origin of, our celebration of St. Valentine's day, what St. Valentine's connection with it was and why the information on this subject which usually appears In our magazines and newspapers about this time of year is always so vague and unsatisfactory. "This year, for your sake and mine, I took'the radical Step' of looking the matter up, aud as my valentine.to you, let me tell you a few things aibout Valentino's Day. In tho llrst place, the reason no one ever tells us clearly about the origin of tho celebration and why it is called St. Valentine's Day Is that no one knows. There aro two Valentines for.whom this honor has been claimed. The first is Saint Valentine, a pope of the early church. He was a most holy and austere man and was cast into jail for his faith during the Claudlan persecutions. While ho was there he cured tho jailor's daughter of blindness; subsequently ho was beaten with clubs, then beheaded. The other Valentine was a bishop. 'The chief thing known about him was that he choked to death on a llsh.bone. For some reason people afflicted with epilepsy pray for him.