Tom LaPorte

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St. Valentine and St. Patrick

Posted by tomlaporte on March 18, 2008 at 8:59 PM
St.  Valentine and St. Patrick are two great Saints of the church who have had their historical and spiritual importance  minimized by contemporary culture.  What is worse is that they have then been secularized and commercialized.

Somewhere around 600 years ago, the tradition surrounding St. Valentine began to be associated with couples.  In fact, there are two St. Valentines.  One was a Roman priest, and the other was a Bishop of Terni.  Ultimately both were martyred.   In my opinion, that gives us two reasons to think of St. Valentine�s Day as more than cards, cupid and candy.

Legends have been circling around St. Patrick since the seventh century.  However, most people do agree that he is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland.  Some folks may not know that he authored two short works, the Confesio, a spiritual autobiography, and Epistola, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish Christians.  Among all of the Patrician scholars, those who have studied St. Patrick, I don�t think a single one has found any evidence that St. Patrick ever drank green beer. 

I am not sure how it is that these two Saints of the church came to be remembered in ways that don�t directly relate to them, but I hope we can begin to move back toward that end.  I welcome your suggestions on how to accomplish such a monumental feat.


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12:06 PM on November 15, 2008 
ramon's son?