Valentine and the Healing Touch of Love

“Believe therefore the son of God to be the true God, Jesus Christ, and renounce all images, and you will see your son saved.”
(Valentine of Terni)

The story of Valentine of Terni speaks to love’s power to heal and transform. Crato, a noble Roman citizen, summoned Valentine to minister to his ill son. Valentine spoke to Crato about Jesus Christ as the “great physician,” whose love for human beings heals our understanding and transforms illness and death. Crato, a student of reason and philosophy, expressed little interest in Valentine’s faith. Valentine struck a bargain with him: “if your son is saved through my faith, you, through the salvation of your son, shall, with all your household, be converted to Christ.” At dawn, the youth emerged from Valentine’s care, healed, and Crato’s household came to share in Valentine’s understanding of Christian love.
Provincial Museum of Alberta; Maison Saint-Gabriel; Cupids Museum; Fanshawe Pioneer Village; Musée Colby-Curtis - Société historique de Stanstead; Doon Heritage Crossroads; St. Marys Museum; British Museum, London, England; Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, Sanibel, Florida, USA

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