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As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you.

Remain in my love.

If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.

I have told you this so that my joy will be yours and that joy will be perfect.

This is my commandment:
love one another as I have loved you.

There is no greater love
than to give your own life for your friends.

You are my friends, if you do what I command you.

I no longer call you servants,
because a servant does not know what his master does;

I call you friends,
because I have made known to you
everything I have heard from my Father.

It is not you who chose me,
but I who chose you;

and I destined you to go out and to bear fruit, and that your fruit will be everlasting;

in this manner all that you ask the Father in my name,
He will give you.

What I do command you to do, is to love one another.
Saint John 15: 9-17
Brethren, be profoundly overjoyed when you see yourselves submitted to any type of trials;

knowing that faith, when being tested, produces patience.

And patience must be accompanied by perfect works, with the end that you will attain perfection and maturity, lacking nothing.

Happy is the man who bears the test, because after having overcome it, will receive the Crown of Life that the Lord promised to those who love Him.
Saint James 1:2-4, 12
The priest Valentine ministers to his fellow prisoners and distributes Holy Communion.
O Lord, on the feast of St Valentine, help us to imitate his love for You and for each other.

We pray for all who have entered the Sacrament of Marriage: that they may be strengthened through prayer and the sacraments; that they may be a witness to the world of the joy of their lives together.

For those who have recently become engaged: we thank God for them and pray for them that the Lord will help them in practical ways as they prepare for their lives together and that they will be blessed with good health and temporal prosperity.

We hear of many for whom marriage has broken down or where sickness or sadness seems to be their lot: Lord, You have promised we are never on our own, be with those who suffer and grant them Your healing in their painful situation.

We pray that the ideals of Christian Marriage may always be preserved: those ideals which value friendship, life, mutual help and love. May our homes be as that of the Holy Family - open to God and neighbour.

Finally, let us pray that, like the seed that falls to the ground and dies, we may die daily to our own selfishness so that the true wheat of love may grow in our lives for others to see and take heart.

Let us pray, O Lord, home is where love is meant to be and where You tell us You are present. Help us to make that presence real in our homes and communities by banishing evil and installing instead your grace. We make this prayer through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen
Adapted from the Liturgy for the Feast of Saint Valentine,
Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church, Dublin Ireland

http://www.carmelites.ie/valentineliturgy.html
Saint Valentine, Kneeling in Supplication while Receiving Holy Rosary Beads from the Blessed Virgin Mary by David Teniers III; 1600s; http://en.wikipedia.org
Jesus Wished to Suffer So Much to Gain Our Hearts
St. Bonaventure complains on considering the great ingratitude of men for so great love. It is a wonder, says the Saint, to see a God endure such sufferings, shedding tears, in a stable, poor in a workshop, languishing on a Cross; in short, afflicted and troubled all of His life for the love of men; and then to see these men, who not only do not burn with love towards such a loving God, but even have the boldness to despise His love and His grace. O Lord, how is it possible to know that, for a God who has given Himself up to so much suffering for men, there would be men who can offend, and not love this merciful God!
Excerpt from The Incarnation, Birth and Infancy of Jesus, St. Alphonsus Liguori
Emblem of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul
1910 ca. (designed ca. 1650)
http://commons.wikimedia.org
Why Do We Celebrate Valentine’s Day?
"Celebrating St. Valentine’s Day is a tribute to St. Valentine, later titled Patron Saint of Lovers. His devotion to God and his commitment to supporting love and marriage set a wonderful example for us. When we celebrate St. Valentine’s Day, whether through cards or flowers, we are acting as the Saint acted. We are appreciating what God has given us.

St. Valentine taught us about the importance of love and the Sacrament of Marriage. He believed in these things so deeply that he was martyred for them. Although we live in easier times, where marriage and love are not forbidden to us, we must remember that things weren’t always this way. We must remind ourselves that all we have is precious. And St. Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to reflect on what we have been given."
Excerpt from Oblates USA Newsletter
Glorious martyr Saint Valentine, overflowing with worthy blessings, powerful in word and in works.

Great before the eyes of God and men, for your humility and the ardent care with which you procured the conversion of so many souls at the expense of undescribable labors and persecutions.

I plead that you infuse in my soul aversion for vanity and the false pleasures of the world, inculcate purity in my feelings and infuse in me a spirit of penitence so as to arrive at the understanding of the redemptive sufferings of our Savior.

I beg you to intercede before God our Lord so as to concede the grace which I fervorously ask for (mention your petition).

Guide and free me from all danger, both spiritual and material. In the name of Jesus Christ Our Lord, Amen
Shrine of St Valentine, Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church, Dublin, Ireland; a Roman Catholic church maintained by the Carmelite order. The church is noted for having the relics of Saint Valentine of Rome, which were donated to the church in the 19th century by Pope Gregory XVI from their previous location in the cemetery of St. Hippolytus in Rome. "This shrine contains the sacred body of St. Valentinus of Rome, the Martyr, together with a small vessel tinged with his blood." http://www.carmelites.ie
February 14 - Feast of Saint Valentine of Rome, Priest and Martyr - "Always stay close to God" - Patron of love, young people, happy marriages
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