In ancient Rome there lived a gentle and humble man named
Valentine. He was a physician, but he was also a Christian priest
whose life and freedom were in constant danger in a city of people
who believed in so many gods, not just one. So Valentine tended to
his patients in the daytime, but he prayed for them only at night.
One day a jailer from the emperor''s prison appeared at
Valentine''s door with his small child, a girl who was blind.
Knowing the difficulty of curing blindness, Valentine vowed to do
his best, and over the weeks of treatment and prayer the three
became fast friends. But even his friendship with the jailer could
not save Valentine when the Roman soldier came to imprison him.
Here, accompanied by Robert Shabuda''s dramatic mosaics evoking
the time period in which the story takes place, is the story of a
man whose goodness and faith brought about a miracle, and whose
name lives on today in one of our most celebrated holidays.