rants: blood diamonds & Saint Valentine
Today’s Valentine’s Day. Some people even call it Saint Valentine’s Day. I don’t see anything holy, godly or spiritually related to the traditions of this day.
“Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it is not a holiday in most of them.
St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14, and added to later martyrologies. A popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed ‘Your Valentine’ as a farewell. Today, Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in the Lutheran Church. The Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates Saint Valentine’s Day, albeit on July 6 and July 30, the former date in honor of the Roman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni). In Brazil, the Dia de São Valentim is recognized on June 12.”
It’s merely a made-up festivity to sell diamonds (dumb, poor men spending their hard-earned money on crystals made from pressurized carbon (C) molecules to sustain someone’s ill vanity, which could be used to project concentrated light beams with the help of coils of thin threads made of gold (Au) usually referred to as lasers) and chocolate. I don’t see any reason worthwhile aside from decaying commercialism and blood diamonds.