It's Valentine's Day ... the day of pink hearts, conversation hearts and heart-covered cards. Well, actually, today is St. Valentine's Day. And St. Valentine is the patron of engaged couples. And bee keepers. But, sticking with the theme of the day, let's focus on his patronage of young people, the engaged and the married. (Side note: I wonder if his intercession for those who are fainting is related to his intercession for the aforementioned individuals?) It's a great day to ask the intercession of this much-forgotten saint:
Dear Saint and glorious martyr; Teach us to love unselfishly and to find great joy in giving. Enable all true lovers to bring out the best in each other in God and in God in each other.
Love is Patient and Kind,
It doesn't envy or Boast and it's never proud,
Love is not rude or selfish,
It doesn't get angry easily or keep track of wrongs.
Love doesn't delight in bad things
But it rejoices in the truth.
Love always protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres.
Love never fails.
Learn more about the saint here.