If you would only teach me My Love.
The day is come! Everything is pink and red and sweet! It's the feast day of St. Cyril and St. Methodius! ... Ah, yes St. Valentine has not been on Saint Calendar for quite some time although the mythical stories behind all of the Saints named Valentine are super heroic! Like the one where Valentinus refused to betray his christian faith and subsequently the emperor ordered his heart to be cut out and returned to him. Paper hearts are much less messy.
Popular Saints whose actual existence couldn't be proven were taken off the calendar. In the case of St. Valentine there are several possible leads as to the real origin of the celebrated Saint but things were rather inconclusive so in comes St. Cyril and St. Methodius who converted the Slavs! Remember in the early early church people were declared saints simply by popular acclaim but now a days we prefer some kind of record.
Does all this make me less excited for today? Not a bit! First off St. Cyril and St. Methodius proclaimed a Gospel of Love, so it deepens a day that is supposed to be all about Love! And it can even be a renewal of a commitment to Love as God loves as best we can every day with His Grace and sometimes with chocolate too!
- Thanks Fr. J for all your historical know-how !