St. Valentine’s mission is essential to take to heart

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Marina Jaimes, Opinions Columnist

Every Feb. 14, stores are flooded in colors of red and pink, selling treats, flowers, and decorations that represent love for a significant other. If people looked at the modern celebration of Valentine’s Day to find its meaning, they’d have a difficult time defining it. Is it a day you buy things? Is it just when you spend with your significant other? The true meaning of Valentine’s Day has been lost throughout the years but is not as trivial as it is made out to seem.

St. Valentine is recognized by the Catholic Church as having been a priest living under the rule of Roman Emperor Claudius II, who decided to outlaw marriage for young men. He believed that married soldiers were not so effective as their single counterparts. Valentine disregarded this and performed marriages anyway. He was later put to death for his defiance, risking his life for the romance of others.

Because of this, he was martyred, and generations since have celebrated love in memory of his death.

Today, there is a severe lack of legitimate romance. The memory of St. Valentine has been replaced with manufactured ideas of love, whether that be through gift cards, stuffed animals, or a generic heart-shaped box of chocolates.

That is not to say that the celebration should end, though. There is no harm in paying homage to St. Valentine. While money should be spent on thoughtful gifts to give your significant other, it is important to not just discredit Valentine’s Day altogether because of how commercialized it has become.

We have turned Valentine’s Day into a meaningless “holiday,” but it can be restored to represent its original meaning of romance if gifts are genuine and not picked out at your local Target on the night of Feb. 13.

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