Monday, February 14, 2005
Everyday is a Day of Love
Main Entry: [1]love
1 : strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties
2 : warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion
3 : the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration
4 : unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another
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There are varying opinions as to the origin of Valentine's Day. Some experts state that it originated from St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D., the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries. Legend also says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it "From Your Valentine." Other aspects of the story say that Saint Valentine served as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius then had Valentine jailed for defying him. In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honor St. Valentine. Gradually, February 14 became the date for exchanging love messages . . . (more history on Valentine's Day).

No matter the origin of this day, today is a day that has come to symbolize love. Let's all make this day rise above the commercial aspect. It isn't about cardboard red hearts filled with chocolates. It truly comes down to the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another. Life is too short to wait for a special day to show your love (remember, this is the year of no regrets!). Start with today and then make every day Valentine's Day. Be demonstrative. Hug those you love. Send a quick email expressing your love. Better yet, write it by hand. Pray for those you love. Be love to one another.

And heck, when all else fails, as Stephen Sills says, "If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with."
Written by Jeannette Vagnozzi
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