Kathmandu / The story of Valentine's Day begin in the third century with an oppressive Roman emperor and a humble Christian martyr. The emperor was Claudius II Gothicus. The Christian was Valentinus.
Claudius had ordered all Romans to worship state religion's idols, and he had made it a crime punishable by death to associate with Christians. But Valentinus was dedicated to the ideals of Christ, and not even the threat of death could keep him from practicing his beliefs.
During the last weeks of Valentinus's life a remarkable thing happened. One day a jailer for the Emperor of Rome knocked at Valentinus's door clutching his blind daughter in his arms. He had learned of Valentinus's medical and spiritual healing abilities, and appealed to Valentinus to treat his daughter's blindness. She had been blind since birth. Valentinus knew that her condition would be difficult to treat but he gave the man his word he would do his best. The little girl was examined, given an ointment for her eyes and a series of re-visits were scheduled.
Seeing that he was a man of learning, the jailer asked whether his daughter, Julia, might also be brought to Valentinus for lessons. Julia was a pretty young girl with a quick mind. Valentinus read stories of Rome's history to her. He described the world of nature to her. He taught her arithmetic and told her about GOD. She saw the world through his eyes, trusted in his wisdom, and found comfort in his quiet strength.
"Valentinus, does GOD really hear our prayers?" Julia said one day. "Yes, my child, He hears each one, "he replied.
"Do you know what I pray for every morning and every night? I pray that I might see. I want so much to see everything you've told me about!"
"GOD does what is best for us if we will believe in HIM," Valentinus said.
"Oh, Valentinus, I do believe," Julia said intensely. "I do." She knelt and grasped his hand. They sat quietly together, each praying.
Several weeks passed and the girl's sight was not restored. Yet the man and his daughter never wavered in their faith and returned each week.
Then one day, Valentinus received a visit from Roman soldiers who arrested him, destroyed his medicines and admonished him for his religious beliefs. When the little girl's father learned of his arrest and imprisonment, he wanted to intervene but there was nothing he could do.
On the eve of his death, Valentinus wrote a last note to Julia - knowing his execution was imminent. Valentinus asked the jailer for a paper, pen and ink. He quickly jotted a farewell note and handed it to the jailer to give to his blind daughter. He urged her to stay close to GOD, and he signed it "From Your Valentine." His sentence was carried out the next day, February 14, 270 A.D., near a gate that was later named Porta Valentini in his memory.
When the jailer went home, he was greeted by his little girl. The little girl opened the note and discovered a yellow crocus inside. The message said, "From your Valentine." As the little girl looked down upon the crocus that spilled into her palm she saw brilliant colors for the first time in her life! The girl's eyesight was restored! A miracle!
He was buried at what is now the Church of Praxedes in Rome. It is said that Julia herself planted a pink-blossomed almond tree near his grave. Today, the almond tree remains a symbol of abiding love and friendship. In 496 Pope Gelasius I named February 14 as Saint Valentine's Day. On each Valentine's Day, messages of affection, love and devotion are still exchanged around the world. " . . . Within the Heart there is a central chamber surrounded by a Forcefield of such Light and protection that we call it a 'Cosmic Interval.' This chamber is separated from Matter, and no probing could ever discover it. It occupies simultaneously, not only the third and fourth dimensions, but also other dimensions unknown to man. Thus the Sacred Altar of the Heart serves as the connecting point of the mighty Crystal Cord of Light that descends from your God presence to sustain the beating of your physical heart, giving you Life, Purpose, and Cosmic Integration.
"I urge all men to treasure this Point of Contact that they have with Life by giving it conscious recognition. You do not need to understand, by sophisticated knowledge or scientific theory, the how, the why, and the wherefore of Its Activity. Be content to know that God is there and that right within your heart there is a point of contact with the Divine, a Spark of Fire from the Creator's own Heart called the Threefold Flame of Life, which burns as the Triune Essence of Love, Wisdom, and Power.
"Each acknowledgment that you give to this Flame will amplify the Power and Illumination of Love within your being, producing a new sense of Cosmic Dimension for you, if not outwardly apparent then inwardly manifest within the folds of your most precious thoughts and feelings.
"Neglect not, then, your heart as the Altar of God. Neglect it not as the Sun of your manifest being. Draw from God the Power of Love, amplify it within your heart, and then send it into the world at large as the bulwark of that which shall overcome the darkness of the planet, saying:
I AM the Light of the heart,
Shining in the darkness of being
And changing all into the Golden Treasury
Of the Mind of Christ.
I AM projecting my Love
Into the world
To erase all error
And to break down every barrier to the Light.
I AM the Power of Infinite Love,
Until It is Victorious,
Worlds without end!
"With this Gift of Infinite Freedom from God's Own Heart this Valentine season, I close this epistle with a never-ending promise to assist you to find your Immortal Freedom as you determine never to give up and never to turn back.
"Remember that as long as you face the Light, the shadows are always behind. And the Light is there, too, to transmute them all. . . . "
Beloved Saint Germain