Love’s holiday story continues…Valentine (pt3)

by Craig on January 30, 2012

April 269 AD

And so the bishop of Rome must have sent them all to Interamna…
because now there are more every day to be married…
and they are coming…from Rome.

This is part three of the story of Valentine, bishop of Interamnapart one is here, and two is here…if you’d like to peek.

And what I wrote to Felix about the Emperor’s outlawing of marriage…

“This is just one step of many that will have us soon worshiping the Sun and stars.”

It is now coming to pass.

Today Claudius declared there is no One True God.
He would have us believe…
that our One True God is just one of many…
no different from Zeus, or Athena, or Isis…
no different from Claudius…
because although he hasn’t done it yet…
he’ll name himself God.

Give him time.
They all do.

Still, with all these countless gods…all being the same, today I baptized 12 souls into the Kingdom of the One True God. I marry people every day. It seems I’m the only one of God’s priests who does so. But I marry none unless they have learned the faith, accepted the faith, and live the faith with all their heart…

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imperfect hearts…
prone to sin…
prone to fall…
but not wanting to…
hearts branded with the name of God.

And this One True God will not be silenced by the mere dictate of a tyrant, nor can he be pushed out by the many “gods” who are nothing…

or by those who are something…
but are not God…
and all of it must, in the end…
give way to the One True God.

Shout to the stars of your gods, O Claudius.
Shout to their lights – all major or minor.
For that’s all they are…just lights…
None have ever been…
nor will they ever be…
The Father of Lights.

And so we will continue to worship the One True God, instead of the many…
and I will continue to marry here in Interamna…
home of the One True God’s Love uniting all who believe…
and where his children, who come to me as two…
can depart, despite the Edict of Claudius, not as two…but as one.

Still, whispers are in the wind.


It seems Rome is not deaf to the heartbeat of love
nor am I deaf to the whispers.

They draw near…
like shadows at sunset…
longer and longer…
and lead to my feet.

And where whispers lead the way…

I know soldiers are soon to follow.

There is so much more to the story of the Bishop of Interamna, Valentine

Please come back.

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A. January 30, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Craig, I heart the first picture because it conveys such love and dedication to preserving love in such a beautiful and pure way. I heart the last picture because it communicates so well the dark whispers in the wind that seek out light…to destroy and derail it.

In this post, all three pictures spoke to me just as powerfully as did your words…both. Reading here it is as though the dark, clamoring voices have been quelled for a bit. I am thankful for that. there is not perfect peace where I am, so I am even grateful for a degree of subsiding darkness and shouting voices.

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Craig January 31, 2012 at 4:01 pm

that last picture A – those whispers in the wind circling – almost plotting – I see it too! God bless you my friend – and of course – you know I have prayed – and I just finished one just now.

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Caddo Veil January 30, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Hard to say whether I love the continuing story most, or the lovely pictures–this is great, Craig! God bless you today.

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Craig January 31, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Caddo – I’ve said this before – but not quite this way – it takes me about an hour or so to write a post – 90 min. or so to edit – and 30 min. to an hour to find just the right pictures. There is so much astounding art available out there that says in the picture what really does take 1000 words. I’m not one of those artists – I just use their stuff (always with credit though) because I heart the pictures too!!! that’s one of the reasons I chose to blog in this corner of the interwebs – dominated by women writers and readers – women heart pictures like I heart pictures – men don’t heart pictures so much.- anyway – thank you – and God bless you my friend.

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Shaunie Friday January 31, 2012 at 2:09 am

This story just keeps leading us forward–I hate for each “chapter” to end!

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Craig January 31, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Shaunie, thank you so much – your words mean a LOT to me, thank you. And God bless you!

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Katie January 31, 2012 at 6:42 am

Beautiful Craig! Your words draw me into the world of story.

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Craig January 31, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Katie, you are a treasure – thank you so much. That’s it – just think you my friend. and God bless you – yeah – that too (ツ)

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Nacole@sixinthesticks February 13, 2012 at 2:53 pm

im back, and ive missed so much. trying to catch up–dont know how long it will take. i like this series you have going–very beautifully written. i snuck a peek at one of the most recent ones–him in prison–and from the snapshot i got, beautiful, just beautiful. reads like a novel. when i clicked on my little “Deep Into Love” link at the top of my browser for the first time in a while, it gave me joy. there is something so taking a deep breath and exhaling about coming to this place…such a happy little place full of depth.

missed you!

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Craig February 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm

missed you too friend – this much ¯\(◔‿◔)/¯ and by the way, the thing I think you’re brave for? The struggles that you have written to me about, I think it’s brave the way you face it – and be a mom and wife at the same time. just that – I want to be a little vague because this is a public forum – just let me know if you need more detail and I’ll send an e-mail. God bless you Nacole.

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