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A Classic Time To Express Love

Part of my graduating class from St. Theodore, 1933. That's me, top row, third from the right!

Part of my graduating class from St. Theodore, 1933. That’s me, top row, third from the right!

Another Valentine’s Day has come upon us.  Hallmark Cards rejoices on such a day since people make this a big card buying occasion.  Valentine’s Day, named after an early saint in our Church, gives many a shy person a chance to express love and affection towards others.

Back on Valentine’s Day, 1933, as an Eighth Grader in St. Theodore’s School, I came into my classroom after lunch.  To my surprise, I found a tiny, candy heart, no bigger than a postage stamp, on my desk.  Written on this precious gift were the words . . . “I Love You”.

My boyish spirits went sky high.  Someone in my class cares for me, I cried out to myself.  Which one of the five or six girls did this, I wondered.  That didn’t matter.  I must be worth something.  After all these years, this experience stays with me to raise my spirits and prove to me the power of those words . . . “I Love You.”

When victims of 9/11 were cell-phoning their last words to family members, at the end, they said . . . “I Love You.”  Hopefully, they had spoken those precious words many times in the past.

In the past, when friends said to me . . . “I Love You” . . . my only response in shyness, was, “Oh, thank you.”  I falsely thought that a priest is not supposed to say . . . “I Love You.”  People might take it in the wrong way.  Now, with the onset of some wisdom, I answer . . . “I Love You Too!”

In recent years, I found out the name of the classmate responsible for my life long memory of Valentine’s Day, 1933.  Luckily, I didn’t find this out until now.  She was the sweetest, most charming girl in the class.  Through her life she has retained all those beautiful traits.

Are we going to be miserly in using those powerful words of uplift and encouragement . . . “I Love You” . . . even after Valentine’s Day has gone by?  Leave a life long memory in the minds and hearts of some other struggling fellow pilgrims with the sincere use of those life changing words . . . “I Love You!”

In conclusion, I love all my Blog followers and readers for taking time to bring the above message into their hearts.  Life might never be the same!

Father George McKennacandy heart

February 14, 2015 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , ,


  1. Happy Valentine Day! I Love You!

    Sent from my iPad


    Comment by Kathleen Fitzgerald | February 14, 2015 | Reply

  2. Happy Valentine’s Day Father. Love you too.

    Comment by barttimm | February 14, 2015 | Reply

  3. Sending love your way. Thank you for all the wonderful inspiration. Nancy

    Comment by Gmama | February 14, 2015 | Reply

  4. You always have a way of transending the power of words and those 3 are probably the most powerful, next to Thank you God, and thank you God for the inspiration that father McKenna inspires us with weekly, we are truely blessed with the love of christ you have shared with us for all your years. I love you

    Comment by Anonymous | February 16, 2015 | Reply

  5. Hi Fr. George!! You are such a sweet and wonderful man!! You have such a spirit about you – and you have a wonderful way with words! Thank you for always speaking from the heart! I hope that you are staying warm out your way – brutal temps! We, on the other hand, are in for a week of mid 50’s and sunshine! The trees are budding and my daffodils are up about 5 inches already! Tim and I had a nice Valentine’s day – but, I have to tell you that I bought a card for him and then couldn’t find it anywhere in the house!! Oh well, I’ll find it eventually. He was understanding, as usual. 🙂

    I’m looking forward to deepening my spirituality this Lent – I thank you for being such an important facet of my spiritual life! I love you, Fr. George!!


    Comment by nancywest22 | February 16, 2015 | Reply

  6. Thank You Father George. Love – such a fitting message just before Ash Wednesday. I came across a quote recently on Love – “Don’t be afraid to be the one who loves more.” So many times we put a price on our love. And when we do, we diminish this great gift of God.

    Jesus’ love came at a price – His Life, but he never put a price on His Love – it was there for all sinners and saints alike. This Lent I will give up the judgement I have placed on my love previously. I will try to Love as Jesus Loved.

    Comment by GT | February 17, 2015 | Reply

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