On February 14th each year Valentine’s Day is celebrated in many countries. Yet how many people know what cupid, flowers or chocolates have to do with asking someone to “be my Valentine”? Two hundred years after the birth of Jesus, Rome was ruled by a harsh emperor called Claudius. The young men of the time were not willing to leave their wives and families to fight against the barbaric hordes invading Rome. He was so frustrated by the lack of soldiers, that Claudius passed a law forbidding marriage. In third century Rome, Valentine, or Valentinus as he was then known, chose to break the law of the emperor and continued to marry many couples in secret. Read the story of Valentine, who dared to tell the emperor Claudius of the love of Jesus and who would love no other god but God alone.