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
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
Saint Valentine, Kneeling in Supplication while Receiving Holy Rosary
Beads from the Blessed Virgin Mary
by David Teniers III; 1600s;
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
Excerpt from The Incarnation, Birth and Infancy of Jesus, St. Alphonsus Liguori
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."
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."
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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