Of all the Valentine legends I’ve heard, my favorite is the one that martyred St. Valentine because he secretly married Roman soldiers against the order of the Emperor Claudius. It seems that after Romans lost their patriotism, their pietas, and had to be coerced into fighting for what was once the republic, the imperial administration banned marriage for soldiers so that they would have nothing to come home to. Valentine married those who understood the sacrament, and was executed. A true Christian and patriot! My wife of 48 years left a card for me this morning, “I Love How You Love Me.” Say to everyone you see today, “Be My Valentine!”

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John Paul Willson has been a teacher for 48 years, most of them at Hillsdale College. He retired in 2005 (after around 12,500 students, 78,000 papers and exams, and 4000 meetings) but can't seem to get retirement right. He has been the second oldest in a five-generation picture. He still coaches punters and placekickers and plays a lot of golf. One wife, Helen; three daughters and ten grandchildren. Happy Catholic.