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Posthumous Interview of St. Valentine

This is a posthumous interview I conducted of St. Valentine, the one who is remembered every February 14, the world over. As you can imagine, this interview is mostly a figment of my imagination. Some of the dates quoted are not confirmed, for your information. It has been written in contemporary English for better understanding. Enjoy!

 

 

Me: Sir, can we begin by you telling us a little about yourself?

St. Valentine: Well, you know my name, Valentine, I was born during the third century, I was a priest, and was executed for secretly marrying young people, against the evil decree of Emperor Claudius at that time.

Me: That was brave, what you did, and I’m sure you must relish the fact that your brave act is celebrated all over the world today?

St Valentine: (shaking his head and sighing deeply) you say “relish and celebrated”? Well I don’t relish it!

Me: hmm, but why not?

St Valentine: Number one, I did what I did because I believed in the right to truly love. I didn’t do it hoping to attract any kind of popularity or sympathy from the world today. Secondly, what you term celebration is more like mockery and abuse of a most noble intention to me.

Me: You say “mockery and abuse”? I honestly don’t think that’s the world’s intention.

St Valentine: You see, whether intentional or not, a wrong act is still wrong. Well, maybe a better part of the world is just confused or simply ignorant; that might explain why they call the mostly vain things they do “Love” or the expressions of it. You know, most times my heart bleeds at what both the youths and the “should be” better discerning adults do and call it “love”. For Christ’s sake, Love is far from what a majority of the world thinks it is.

Me: Now, you’re getting me really confused, what’s exactly wrong with how the world celebrates your remembrance?

St. Valentine: There’s nothing wrong with people exchanging greeting cards, flowers and gifts on that day. There is no problem with that. Where I have a problem though, is when a young man exploits that day or any other day for that matter to coerce a lady by gifts or any other means just to have carnal knowledge of her.  I have a problem with married men deceiving and committing adultery with young girls. I have a problem with teens who think that Valentine’s Day is the best day to consummate their sinful lust and call it love. I have a problem with people calling love, that which is not love. To have my name attached to such lustful, immoral and sinful activities bleeds my heart.

Me: But you stood for love, you secretly married young people in love, why then did you do that, was it not in solidarity to the same expressions of love which you now condemn?

St. Valentine: Emperor Claudius; He was the emperor of Rome at the time I lived; he was obsessed with having a mighty army. He needed as much young men as he could possibly find to form this mighty army he dreamed of. However, he had little success conscripting men into his army, and somehow, he came up with the conclusion that the men refused to join his army because of their wives and families. He therefore came up with an edict that prohibited marriage, believing that without any wives or families to think about, the men would fight better and fearlessly. At the same time, he persecuted the Christians, he didn’t like us, Christians, and so his regime was also a time of persecution for the church.  Of course, I rebelled against his policies, because in my opinion, they were devilish and anti-Christian. As a priest of the Church, I was a soldier for Christ, and I was willing and ready to die doing what was right in the sight of God. So I went ahead to marry people who desired to get married, secretly.  I did this because marriage is an institution ordained by God. It is supposed to be a union between two mature, responsible and consenting individuals of opposite sex. I never supported any unholy union between any two individuals either before or after marriage.

Me: So you’re saying a lot of people have devalued the essence of your sacrificial actions, by engaging in unholy or immoral activities on this day?

St. Valentine: Yes! And that is exactly what I am against. I wonder why people, even purported Christians these days, rationalize sex before or outside marriage. You see, sex is supposed to be between two legally married people. I understand this would be a very unpopular argument, but there should be no justification, medically, psychologically, any justification at all for sex outside marriage. And yet on this day, a lot of immoral activities are initiated. That was never my idea or intention; I never wanted to be associated with such activities that are contrary to the clear instructions of God. It never ceases to amaze me, and yet they call it love! (Shaking his head).

Me: Can you please explain what love really means?

St. Valentine: I could take quite a time explaining what love really means, but I’ll rather just simply say, that Love is God and God is love. As such, any display, profession or expression of love that is outside what is acceptable by God, is not love. Love is the nature of God Himself, therefore, just as sin can never be found in God, so also should sin never be found in Love. Love is humble, patient, understanding, wise, selfless, sacrificial, enduring, believing, truthful and pure. Love is a consummation of beautiful and desirable Godly virtues. Yet, these days, people simply have no regard for Love, abusing it anyway they please. It is most unfortunate, for most youths, love has been reduced to lust.

The fact that you want to have someone around you all the time, that you want to be intimate with this person, does not mean you love the person; it could as well be lust. Love is much more. Love always, always wants the best for the person it is directed at, it always does. It doesn’t get hurt because that person refuses to do something that is wrong in the sight of God. Love is ready to lay down its life, hoping that someday, the person for whom it died would live a better life. Love is sweet. I can go on and on about love, but let me just stop here.

Me: Wow! Well, I guess you’d want to be better celebrated than you are today…

St. Valentine: No, I don’t want to be celebrated, that was never my intention, I want to be remembered for, living and dying for a Godly purpose.

Me: Okay, I get you now. I would like to go on with the interview, get to know things like, who you wrote your last letter to, the support you received from young people, while you were in jail, and all that, but I’ve been informed that my time is up. Sir, I appreciate the opportunity granted me to interview you, and I must say it has been a most worthwhile interaction. Now as a parting shot, what would you like to say to youths, to the singles and married, about the remembrance of what you died for?

St. Valentine: Thank you; I do also appreciate this interview too. As to who I wrote my last letter to (smiling), it was the prison guard, Asterius’ daughter. She was allowed by her father to visit me often, we used to sit and talk for hours, and she did a good job keeping my spirit up. And so, on the day of my execution, February 14, 269 A.D, I wrote her a parting letter, thanking her for her friendship and encouragements and signed it, “Love from your valentine.” And before you ask, yes, I did love her, with a pure love.

The young people that stood by me were wonderful, they showed me they believed in love, and I was not going to die in vain, it was an honour what they did. I was elated knowing that, despite the efforts of the emperor, Love would always win!

As for my parting shots; to the youths, I’ll say: remember what I did, but do so by expressing true and pure love, to friends, family and strangers and even enemies, and you’ll discover that love is noble and sweet, and cries of heart breaks would be eliminated.

To the singles: Pre marital sex is not the proof of love, it is however a proof of lust. Learn and show real love to as many as possible, and you’ll be a most sought after individual.

To the married: Marriage holds it’s own challenges, but like courage and strength on a battle field, Love conquers all, love keeps you faithful, makes you patient, and gives you the understanding and wisdom you need to make your marriage work. Remember, your marriage must work because it can.

To all in general, none in particular: Love is the essence of life, and life would be dead without love. Spread love not lust. Make the world a better place. With love from your Val.


37 thoughts on “Posthumous Interview of St. Valentine” by EXCELLENCY (@excellency)

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    hotchocolate (@hotchocolate): Writer - 7855 pts

    Interesting…

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      EXCELLENCY (@excellency): Scribe - 13245 pts

      @hotchocolate, thanks for reading…

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    Edward Chinwendu. (@wendy): Writer - 5803 pts

    HMmmmmm! I almost got tired.

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      EXCELLENCY (@excellency): Scribe - 13245 pts

      @wendy, thank God u didn’t, & thanks for reading, but what did you almost get tired at?

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    Afronuts (@Afronuts): Head Wordsmith - 65559 pts

    This was a creative way to express what could have been a lecture on love and valentine’s day. A very didactic piece which is highly informative as it educates us on the origin of Feb. 14 and the back story in relation to what it has become today.
    I like the lessons in the write-up, very powerful stuff to learn from. There’s also the fact that it handles the subtle controversies on love and what the world has turned it to today.

    Its not a write up that may excite everyone…some may be bored because they wouldn’t care less what anybody thinks about love. Maybe this would have worked better as an article infused with humour and wit rather than a post-humous interview.

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      EXCELLENCY (@excellency): Scribe - 13245 pts

      @Afronuts, I get your drift, well said. Thanks for reading…

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    Myne (@Myne): Wordsmith - 30064 pts

    I almost wrote the same thing as Afronuts before I decided to read his comment. This was over-the-top preachy, and came across very much as your opinion rather than that of St Val. I agree that a witty and fun article would have been better. Keep writing.

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      EXCELLENCY (@excellency): Scribe - 13245 pts

      @Myne, your point is noted. I tried to write from the perspective of a Christian Priest, and I dare say believe, he wouldn’t hold a view too far from this. Interviews are not always fun, it depends on the personalities involved. Plus thanks for reading…

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    Salliness (@Salliness): Writer - 6802 pts

    To be perfectly honest, I was expecting a very witty article so half-way I just got bored.

    There’s nothing wrong with it though, its just that I’ve heard it all before and I was expecting something new.

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      EXCELLENCY (@excellency): Scribe - 13245 pts

      @Salliness, pity you got bored :( but history and known truths are hardly ever new. Thanks for reading… :)

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    Jaywriter (@jaywriter): Junior Writer - 1985 pts

    Nat King Cole sang


    Lover can be found
    In foggy London town
    In Rome or Peru
    Even in Damascus
    Lovers never ask us
    What they should do
    You don’t have to park
    In Paris after dark
    To know that it’s true
    Love is a wonderful thing.”

    I think there’s a known standard for agape love. But for the other kind of love, people have different interpretations of it.

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      EXCELLENCY (@excellency): Scribe - 13245 pts

      @jaywriter, thanks for reading…
      No interpretation is ever right if the message is misconstrued, I think, so whatever the shade of love as it were, there should be no impurities found in pure love…

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      Adeleye Adeyemo (@adeleyeadeyemo): Junior Writer - 1288 pts

      there is no other kind of love. Agape love is the ONLY type of Love.

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      kingowen (@kingowen): Beginner - 820 pts

      @jaywriter there is no other kind of love other than agape love. do not be coined into darkness by phrases of deception.

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    topazo (@topazo): Head Wordsmith - 60328 pts

    The message is good but could have worked best with a better delivery

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      EXCELLENCY (@excellency): Scribe - 13245 pts

      @topazo, I hear, thanks for reading…

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    chemokopi (@chemokopi): Head Wordsmith - 282894 pts

    Excellent piece, @excellency. I think you did very well to creatively give character to the voice of St.Valentine in the interview. I think you nailed it perfectly. It read very much like a real interview, and the weave of the backstory helped a lot.

    Well done. You have done well.

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      EXCELLENCY (@excellency): Scribe - 13245 pts

      @chemokopi, I appreciate your kind words sire, thanks lots.
      I just imagined that St. Valentine might not be pleased with most of what happens on the day he is celebrated, and that gave birth to this piece, glad it made sense to you…

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    Hymar (@Hymar): Wordsmith - 33233 pts

    @jaywriter, nice one man

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      EXCELLENCY (@excellency): Scribe - 13245 pts

      @Hymar, thanks for reading man….

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    Efadel (@febidel): Senior Scribe - 26622 pts

    @excellency, your point of view may not be popular, but it is your point of view. I imagine that St. Valentine would have been sort of preachy too. I don’t get why people don’t mind someone sounding preachy about corruption, success, and the likes, but wear a frown when it has to do with sexuality. It sounded like an interview because it was described as an interview; it wasn’t intended to be a witty poem or prose. Interesting one, there. Plus, I may not have agreed with your St. Valentine, but I wasn’t the least bit bored.

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      EXCELLENCY (@excellency): Scribe - 13245 pts

      @febidel, thanks for kind words, indeed when a preacher is interviewed, one should be ready for a bit of preaching. I appreciate all the comments though, they’ll find their use in future. But please do share your areas of disagreement with my St.Valentine…

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    Efadel (@febidel): Senior Scribe - 26622 pts

    @Excellency, one point I disagree with is the statement that “Love is God”. Love is not God. Love is of God. They are two different things. Also, some people are very loving, yet, they are not popular or sought after. We love because we love, not because of any benefits attached to it.

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      EXCELLENCY (@excellency): Scribe - 13245 pts

      @febidel, the statement “Love is God” stems from the verse following your reference, only it was used in vice versa. And it’s true we’re not to love for sake of benefits, but like you can’t give good away, coz it keeps coming back, so also does love, that’s wat the statement is about. Everywhere in the world you find people seeking love, dats why they’re falling for any semblance of it. So if you’ve got the real stuff, I’m only thinking you’ll be sought after, but indeed popularity shouldn’t be the motive. And thanks again ma’am…

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        Efadel (@febidel): Senior Scribe - 26622 pts

        @excellency, I’ll still reiterate that “God is love” and “Love is God” are not the same thing. “Excellency is Nigerian” and “Nigerian is Excellency” are not the same, are they? “Efadel is quiet” and “Quiet is Efadel” are not the same thing. Thank you.

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          EXCELLENCY (@excellency): Scribe - 13245 pts

          @febidel, yes, “Efadel is quiet” and “quiet is Efadel,” “Excellency is Nigerian” and Nigerian is Excellency” could mean the same thing especially if it’s pidgin, :D . Well I get your drift, suffice it to say that “God is love” then… Thanks & l’ll inform my St. Valentine :)

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            Efadel (@febidel): Senior Scribe - 26622 pts

            Well, if you think those clauses mean the same thing, then the debate is over. We’re obviously not speaking the same language, and I personally do not have patience to endure glaringly groundless obstinacy (pardon my diction here).

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              EXCELLENCY (@excellency): Scribe - 13245 pts

              @febidel, you chose your diction carefully, why seek pardon for what you rather not change? Anyways, like I said earlier, I get your drift…

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    Walter (@sidhartha): Writer - 9900 pts

    It was a writeup worded as an interview. So I wasn’t prepared for a lot of humor. Preachy, yes. But that’s the message of love that you trying to get across. And you nailed it. Great work here.

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      EXCELLENCY (@excellency): Scribe - 13245 pts

      @sidhartha, thanks for compliment. (y)

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    adebayo caleb (@lordkel): Senior Scribe - 25599 pts

    Nice one…I like the creativity

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      EXCELLENCY (@excellency): Scribe - 13245 pts

      Thanks @lordkel

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    Hottie (@MissAjiboye): Junior Writer - 1717 pts

    Lol. Shebi its ur imagination.

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      EXCELLENCY (@excellency): Scribe - 13245 pts

      @MissAjiboye, yes, imagination…

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    Adeleye Adeyemo (@adeleyeadeyemo): Junior Writer - 1288 pts

    wow… this is beautiful. love is the birth of His breath in you. no other love exist aside the love undefiled loved. sex is sacred, the only God given mode of procreation, that’s the only reason why u must choose someone of the opposite sex to marry, and procreate with. else love all.

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    kingowen (@kingowen): Beginner - 820 pts

    you are a thought robber. you stund into my mind and carted away my most cherished thoughts. now u have carved it into a portrait of beauty. all i can say is thank you for propagating God’s words. God Bless You.

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    innoalifa (@innoalifa): Head Wordsmith - 131353 pts

    @excellency
    intriguing

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