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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!

This Wednesday is Valentines Day AND Ash Wednesday, a rare calendar event!  I am reprinting one of my favorite life memories in honor of Valentine’s Day. 

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 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 lifelong 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!

Fr. George P. McKenna

February 11, 2018 - Posted by | Bulletins

12 Comments »

  1. Words of Wisdom and your heart rendering life experiences enable me to feel HIS love, giving me Grace to say I love you.

    Comment by Anonymous | February 11, 2018 | Reply

  2. Another beautiful article in honor of valentines day. I love you father George. ❤️️

    Comment by Kathy graham | February 11, 2018 | Reply

  3. I LOVE YOU AND YOUR PRECIOUS WISDOM. HAPPY VALENTINE DAY.

    Comment by Arlene Johnson | February 11, 2018 | Reply

  4. I love you, too, Father George! You changed my spiritual path! How lucky that the Holy Spirit led me to you at the Midway Airport chapel. As a new Lenten season approaches, I not only will give something up, but I will also embrace this time to deepen my relationship with Jesus. All thanks to you! Praying for you and your loved ones.
    Love,
    Nancy

    Comment by Nancy Westvang | February 11, 2018 | Reply

  5. I remember you with great love, Fr. George!

    Comment by Sr. Linda Sevcik | February 11, 2018 | Reply

  6. Love you too Father!, You’ve definitely had an impact on my life. God Bless You!

    Comment by barttimm | February 11, 2018 | Reply

  7. Dearest Fr. George, …your words of faith & love touch us all…we carry that love on our journeys wherever we travel…to all we meet…meeting you at Midway on day of your 60th ordination anniversary is a “Valentine” on my heart all the days of my life❣
    Happy St. Valentine’s Day, Love, Marianne

    Comment by mcs | February 11, 2018 | Reply

  8. Father George, I’m sure that besides myself anyone that has ever met you can , I love you Father.

    Comment by Matt Marich | February 11, 2018 | Reply

  9. And we Love You, Father.!

    Comment by Anonymous | February 11, 2018 | Reply

  10. I love you too, Father George. I also love three other words you taught me to help in times of temptation, “Jesus save me”.

    Comment by Paul Weston | February 12, 2018 | Reply

  11. I love ❤️ you., and I thank God for you always

    Comment by Kathy Fitzgerald | February 12, 2018 | Reply

  12. Hi Father George! Hope you are doing well on this Ash Wednesday!
    With love for you on St Valentines Day!
    We miss you at MDW I’m with a SWA now

    Comment by Cathy Del Olmo | February 14, 2018 | Reply


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