Be My Valentine

14 02 2011

May God bless you. Love from your Valentine…

Kenapa sih perayaan hari valentine jadi pro & kon ? Ada yang mengharamkan karena prakteknya sudah ‘nyeleneh’ dari pengertian awalnya. Mungkin ada baiknya kita simak kisah sejarah dibalik perayaan hari valentine. Paling tidak membantu kita menjelaskan ke teman-teman dan kerabat  untuk memahami arti pengorbanan St Valentinus dan esensi cinta yang universal.

FYI Dalam daftar orang kudus ada dua santo Valentinus yang meninggal dianiaya oleh kaisar yang sama pada jaman yang sama.

Santo Valentinus, Martir
Daftar  para martir Roma menetapkan dua orang Santo  Valentinus. Valentinus pertama adalah seorang imam yang disiksa dan  dianiaya pada tahun 269  pada masa penganiayaan umat-umat Kristen Roma  oleh Kaisar Klaudius  (268-270). Hukuman mati diterimanya pada tanggal 14 Februari. Valentinus ini dimakamkan di jalan  Flaminia. Di jalan ini  dibangunlah sebuah basilik pada tahun 350 untuk  menghormati dia.

Valentinus  kedua  adalah seorang Uskup dari Terni, sebuah dusun kecil di bagian Utara  kota Roma. Beliau juga mengalami nasib yang sama. Ia disiksa dan dianiaya hingga mati pada masa penganiayaan umat Kristen Roma oleh  kaisar Klaudius pada tahun 269.

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Let me introduce myself. My name is Valentine. I lived in Rome during the third century. That was long, long ago! At that time, Rome was ruled by an emperor named Claudius. I didn’t like Emperor Claudius, and I wasn’t the only one! A lot of people shared my feelings.

Claudius wanted to have a big army. He expected men to volunteer to join. Many men just did not want to fight in wars. They did not want to leave their wives and families. As you might have guessed, not many men signed up. This made Claudius furious. So what happened? He had a crazy idea. He thought that if men were not married, they would not mind joining the army. So Claudius decided not to allow any more marriages. Young people thought his new law was cruel. I thought it was preposterous! I certainly wasn’t going to support that law! 

Did I mention that I was a priest? One of my favorite activities was to marry couples. Even after Emperor Claudius passed his law, I kept on performing marriage ceremonies — secretly, of course. It was really quite exciting. Imagine a small candlelit room with only the bride and groom and myself. We would whisper the words of the ceremony, listening all the while for the steps of soldiers.

One night, we did hear footsteps. It was scary! Thank goodness the couple I was marrying escaped in time. I was caught. (Not quite as light on my feet as I used to be, I guess.) I was thrown in jail and told that my punishment was death.

I tried to stay cheerful. And do you know what? Wonderful things happened. Many young people came to the jail to visit me. They threw flowers and notes up to my window. They wanted me to know that they, too, believed in love.

One of these young people was the daughter of the prison guard. Her father allowed her to visit me in the cell. Sometimes we would sit and talk for hours. She helped me to keep my spirits up. She agreed that I did the right thing by ignoring the Emperor and going ahead with the secret marriages. On the day I was to die, I left my friend a little note thanking her for her friendship and loyalty. I signed it, “Love from your Valentine.”

I believe that note started the custom of exchanging love messages on Valentine’s Day. It was written on the day I died, February 14, 269 A.D. Now, every year on this day, people remember. But most importantly, they think about love and friendship. And when they think of Emperor Claudius, they remember how he tried to stand in the way of love, and they laugh — because they know that love can’t be beaten!


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2 responses

15 02 2011
Bayu Probo

Interesting story. Happy valentine.

15 02 2011
ratna ariani

Terima kasih sudah mampir. Happy Valentine. Semoga kasih dibagikan setiap hari kepada setiap orang tanpa membeda-bedakan satu sama lain.

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