Kids' Question of the Week: Was There Really a Saint Valentine?

Here to answer this week is author Kathryn Slattery! Her new book, If I Could Ask God Anything, is a unique kid-friendly book jam-packed with clear, fresh answers to important questions about God, faith, prayer, and Christianity in language that children can understand. Kathryn has been so nice to answer some of the most popular questions for us right here on the blog each week! Today, she answers a very important question about Valentine’s Day!

Was There Really a Saint Valentine?

Yes, long ago there once really was a Christian named Valentine who lived in Rome. Saint Valentine loved Jesus and refused to worship the Roman gods. Because of his Christian faith, Valentine was thrown in jail and sentenced to death.

While he was in jail, Valentine became friends with many children. The children loved Saint Valentine and passed notes to him through the bars of his jail cell window. Valentine also became friends with the jailer’s beautiful daughter.

Sadly, Valentine was put to death on February 14, 269. Before he died, Valentine wrote the jailer’s daughter a loving farewell note. The note was signed: “From your Valentine.”

Over time, February 14 became known as Saint Valentine’s Day. It is a day for exchanging simple expressions of love, such as poems, flowers, cards, and candy. To this day, cards of loving affection are known as “valentines.”

Of course you don’t have to wait for Valentine’s Day to share your love with someone. The Bible teaches that God want us to love each other every day of the year! (John 13:34; Romans 12:10)

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