Poor Saint Valentine. He got deleted from the saints calendar in 1969 by Pope Paul VI. Apparently none of the three sainted Valentine’s were saintly enough to warrant staying on the calendar. Since they were deleted from the saint calendar, I wonder if they remained saints? For the churches that house their relics, I hope so. Relics are a big business … or at least they used to be.
Happily for us, Saint Valentine had nothing to do with how Valentine’s Day has come to be associated with romantic love. We can thank the Father of English literature, Geoffrey Chaucer, for enriching us with courtly love through literature written in English! Little did you know when you were reading The Canterbury Tales in school, you were reading something revolutionary … literature not written in French or Latin, the two prominent languages of the day!
The tradition of expressing your love through confections, cards, and pressed flowers began flourishing by the fifteenth century and by the nineteenth century mass-produced cards replaced handwritten ones. And here we thought modern-day Hallmark had a corner on the card business! Now with the internet, cards are so twentieth century!
Maybe if couples regularly made the effort to express their love and affection to one another the romance business would not be dependent on one day every year. In fact, it might have a greater economic impact if it was spread out throughout the year. But then we might run the risk of, not only Saint Valentine being deleted from the calendar, but Valentine’s Day as well.
Personally, I don’t think you need to have special someone in your life to celebrate Valentine’s Day. I believe we make a big mistake when we depend on someone else for fulfillment and validation, even when we are in a special relationship. We have intrinsic value and worth that is completely independent of your relationship status, your job status, your economic status, or any other status. Unlike the Roman Catholic Church deleting Saint Valentine from the calendar, YOU will NEVER be deleted from the heart of God.