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Love is a Many Splendored Thing

Love is a Many Splendored Thing

This month, as we celebrate Valentine’s Day and the principle that inspired it, I thought it would be beneficial to add some historical perspectives that go far beyond the giving of flowers, candy, cards and various other gifts.

Valentine’s Day originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentine, and it is celebrated in many regions around the world. One of the saints who was celebrated prior to the 14th century — when Valentine’s Day became associated with romantic love — was St. Valentine of Rome. 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, this particular St. Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer, and before his execution he wrote her a letter signed, “Your Valentine” as a farewell.

The point is that “love is a many splendored thing,” and it’s good to remember it has many facets. It’s important to open ourselves up and explore the concept of love outside of the paradigms in which we have always operated. Every day offers countless moments and opportunities to live and express love and, as such, there are a variety of ways to celebrate this special day. In addition to romantic love, there is love of God ... love of country ... love of freedom ... love of variety ... love of food ... love of exercise ... love of abundance ... love of family ... love of friendship ... love of achievement ... love of practicality ... love of opportunity ... love of wellness and wholeness .... the list goes on and on.

Two of my favorite quotes about love follow:

“There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer.”
~ Emmet Fox

“The more we talk about love, the stronger it grows in consciousness, and if we persist in thinking loving thoughts and speaking loving words, we are sure to bring into our experience the feeling of that great love that is beyond description: the very love of God.”
~ Charles Fillmore

I couldn’t say it any better than these two sage gentlemen, so enough said!

Blessings of love,

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