Just as I sat down to pray this morning I saw two swans (this picture was taken several months ago.) I thought how appropriate for St. Valentine's Day. Both Chaucer and Shakespeare mentioned that birds chose their mates on February 14.
Valentine was a priest who was beheaded on February 14, 269, for his faith in Jesus. 80 years later a church was dedicated to him. Those are the only facts we know about him. Legends grew up. Valentine would marry young couples secretly because the emperor would not allow soldiers to be married. While he was in prison, the children to whom he had been very kind wrote little notes to "Dear Valentine," and slipped them through the bars of his cell.
This is a day to tell those whom you love that you love them.