February 02, 2003 09:19pm
The Latour Letter - A Deeper Meaning To the Day of Love Saint Valentine's Day
Source: Adult Industry News
by: Miss Charlie Latour
In a world beset with tyrants, tragedy and tribulations adult entertainment provides an escape to a place where pleasure is the norm and indulgence is a birthright. Too bad we can not live in such a place all of the time. Even as we approach Saint Valentine's Day, a day set aside for the exchange of affection, our society is facing great challenges. This makes the meaning of Saint Valentine's Day even more important.
I recently received invitations to nearly 20 Saint Valentine's Day parties from the various alternative lifestyle (swing) clubs where I am a member. They encourage their members to come and celebrate their love of each other and affection for others. As I spoke with club members it became abundantly clear that not a single person knew the story of Saint Valentine's Day. The importance of February 14 goes well beyond the crass commercialism which invades every part of our lives. Yes, for many lingerie companies this is the best sales period of the year. Greeting card companies gloriously write about the love one has in their heart for another. Cards from grandchildren to grandparents, children to parents, girlfriends to boyfriends, boyfriends to boyfriends, heck, I even saw a card from the dog to the cat (who thinks up these things?), but what does it all mean? Well, since AINews.com is all about the adult industry and certainly, adult entertainment promotes the love and, ultimately, the sexual component of Saint Valentine's Day, I thought it would be a nice departure from the usual news and information to give you the real story of Saint Valentine's Day. I know it will not be political correct (hell, when I have I ever been PC) since it deals with God and, heaven forbid anyone mention God and porn in the same sentence. There is just something about understanding the real meaning of things which bring them into clear focus.
In the third century, Rome was ruled by a sinister emperor, Claudius II. Things were changing in the Roman Empire, revolts were everywhere and the spread of Christianity was seen as a major threat to the entire empire. The Christians, along with their brethren the Jews, worshiped one God and placed Him above all others. This threatened the rule of the Roman Emperor. So Claudius II ordered all Romans to worship his twelve gods. History debates the reason for twelve gods, but no one will reject the notion that since Rome required subjects to donate wealth to each god, it was a nifty way to tax the average Roman into submission. So the Christians and Jews threatened the rule of the emperor. To combat this, Claudius II made it a crime to associate with Christians (since they were actively spreading their religious beliefs in and around Rome) and the punishment was death. Along the way a learned man, Valentinus, was arrested for his religious beliefs. As his execution date approached events occurred which continue to effect us today. The Centurion placed in command of the prison noted that Valentinus was well educated and able to teach the other prisoners. He approached Valentinus to teach his daughter, Julia, who was blind from birth. Valentinus taught her the history of Rome, the sciences of mathematics and physics and about God. The young woman was able to see the world through Valentinus' words. She confessed to him that she prayed every day that she might see the beauty he had spoken of. Valentinus assured her that God did hear her prayers and that God asked only for belief in Him. She was comforted with his words and they sat and prayed together. As they prayed, the prison cell filled with a brilliant light that warmed the very soul of Julia. "Valentinus, I can see" she exclaimed with tearful joy. They prayed together in thanksgiving.
The night before his execution, Valentinus scribed his very last words to Julia and signed it "From Your Valentine". The next day, in brutal fashion, Claudius II had Valentinus slaughtered. That day, February 14, 270 A.D. near the city gates, now called Porta Valentini, will forever be celebrated by people with no clue about the origins of the day.
Valentinus was buried at a site now called the Church of Praxedes, in Rome. It has been told that Julia planted an almond tree with pink blossoms near his grave. That tree remains a symbol of friendship for many people.
Now when someone special sends you a greeting and signs it "From Your Valentine" or you send a card that says "Be My Valentine" you can better understand the overall meaning of the statement. You may not believe in miracles, you may not even believe in God, but the image of this third century man, Valentinus, should drive home the ideal of commitment and devotion... This Saint Valentine's Day, I urge you to consider the deeper meaning of the day when you sign your card, "From Your Valentine". Dedication, devotion and affection are character traits which can improve all of us.
So, from this damsel of porn to all of you, "Be My Valentine", dedicate yourself to a cause which helps everyone, show devotion to this great nation for providing us the freedoms we have and keep the affection for others, whomever they may be, alive in your life.
To the brave men and women of our armed forces I ask that you "Be My Valentine" as your devotion to freedom and your love of country is so important to all of us and I will promise to return the effort in my devotion to your freedom of free speech and free expression... this I pledge to you, "From Your Valentine".
Miss Charlie Latour