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The government threw Christians to the lions, boiled them alive, had their tongues cut out, and worse. The persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire was often carried out by the whims of local communities.
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Christians were slaughtered while others apostatised to escape execution. He was a brave and dedicated Christian in a time of great persecution. According to the Nuremberg Chronicle, he risked the wrath of the Emperor by standing up for traditional marriage and secretly marrying soldiers to their brides, even though Claudius II had banned traditional marriage in the military.
Valentine was imprisoned for marrying Christian couples and assisting persecuted Christians in Rome. Both of these acts made him a enemy of the state.
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So, consistently, when Emperor Claudius demanded that Christians deny their consciences and worship pagan idols, Saint Valentine refused. While awaiting his trial in prison. Saint Valentine was asked to restore the sight of the daughter of his overlord, Judge Asterius. The Roman judge told Valentine that if he succeeded in healing his daughter, he would be in debt to him.
Within moments, her sight was miraculously restored! In respect for the great miracle God worked through Valentine, Asterius destroyed all the idols in his house. Under instruction of the faith, he fasted for three days and then was baptized. His family and 44 member household converted to Christianity with Asterius.
But Valentine got into trouble again with the state for converting people to Christianity and to the love of Jesus Christ.
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He even attempted to convert Claudius to Christianity. This attempt enraged Claudius. Saint Valentine was arrested, dragged before the Prefect of Rome, and condemned to die. This ended his life on earth and started his eternal presence with our Lord in heaven. This eventually developed into the 18th-century English traditions of presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending Valentine greeting cards. This is why Christ-mas is abbreviated as X-mas.
It reminded students that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom:. Since the Roman persecutions, Christianity has become the most persecuted faith in the world, with over being martyred each day, or one every five minutes, predominantly in Muslim countries. Valentine, Saint. Paul Editions, Daughters of St.