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14th February… Valentine’s day!


Valentine was a holy priest in Rome, who, with St. Marius and his family, assisted the martyrs in the persecution under Claudius II. He was apprehended, and sent by the emperor to the prefect of Rome, who, on finding all his promises to make him renounce his faith unsuccessful, commanded him to be beaten with clubs, and afterwards, to be beheaded, which was executed on February 14, about the year 270.

Saints are not supposed to rest in peace; they’re expected to keep busy: to perform miracles, to intercede. Being in jail or dead is no excuse for non-performance of the supernatural. One legend says, while awaiting his execution, Valentinus restored the sight of his jailer’s blind daughter. Another legend says, on the  of his death, he wrote a farewell note to the jailer’s daughter, signing it, “From your Valentine.”

He is the Patron Saint of affianced couples, bee keepers, engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travellers, young people. He is represented in pictures with birds and roses.

Few African proverbs on friendship

“FRIENDSHIP is a relationship that sticks to the bones” (RDCongo)

“To be without a FRIEND is to be really poor” (Somalia)

“Good company is better than good food” (Uganda)

“Close hearts are better than close huts” (Cameroon)

Any other proverb that you would like to add? Please use the comment box!

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