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I hope that everyone is feeling well, doing good, and sharing her joie de vivre with those in her sphere of influence.
February 14 is the day that most Christians the world over commemorate the martyrdom of Saint Valentine of Italy who was killed for his faith. From the Martyrology for February 14, we learn the following:
At Rome, on the Flaminian road, in the time of the emperor Claudius, the birthday of blessed Valentine, priest and martyr, who after having cured and instructed many persons, was beaten with clubs and beheaded. Also, at Rome, the holy martyrs Vitalis, Felicula, and Zeno.
At Teramo, St. Valentine, bishop and martyr, who was scourged, committed to prison, and as he remained unshaken in his faith, was taken out of his dungeon in the dead of night and beheaded by order of Placidus, prefect of the city. In the same place, the holy martyrs Proculus, Ephebus and Apollonius, who, whilst watching by the body of St. Valentine, were arrested and put to the sword by the command of the ex-consul Leontius.
Enjoy the candy, admire the card, arrange the bouquet: balance that with a remembrance that true love is a giving, sacrificial thing.
For those of us who are Christians, I will remind you that today begins Quadragesima, the commemoration of the forty days that Jesus spent in the desert before He began His formal ministry.
I hope that my little "woman-to-woman" ideas have helped.