The legend that inspires our annual celebration of love on Valentine Day focuses on only one aspect of an interesting man – as if romantic love is the only thing for which we should remember this patron saint
Celebrating love in many forms is a wonderful idea on any day of the year. But there are problems when we confine ourselves only to the human, emotional form of love that is constantly presented in books, movies and mass media. The trouble is, that this view of love is variable, conditional and easily lost. It can cause joy and happiness, but also pain and grief.
This two-sided view of love means that we miss a key point about the source and nature of the deeper, more universally embracing love that Saint Valentine understood and lived. Just one brief story from his life tells us there’s more than we’ve come to believe.Continue Reading