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Happy St. Valentines Day!

This is a reprint of one of Fr. McKenna’s posts for Valentine’s Day.  Marianne, one of Uncle George’s faithful followers, reminded me in her comment last week, how the tiny candy hearts we see on this day, will always be linked to Fr. McKenna’s spiritual messages.  Peace, Joe.

Last week Fr. McKenna’s Great Grand niece was playing in the snow. In her short life, she spent many weekends visiting her Great Uncle George.

One St. Valentine’s Day, many, many years ago, in 1933, I walked into my Eighth Grade classroom after lunch and discovered a little candy heart on my desk with this simple message written on it in small letters, “I Love You!”

The giver never gave herself away and left me guessing which of the five or six girls left it.  This incident involving a candy heart about the size of a thumbnail made a lasing mark on my mind.  I was never to forget it.

If one wishes to leave a permanent impression behind, that person could deposit a string of “candy hearts” in the lives of huge numbers of people.

In my case, the kind classmate left an endearing memory in my mind, only to be erased by death.  I thought to myself, “Someone cares for me!”

This feeling uplifted my spirits and gave me confidence for the future.  Ask ourselves, who has helped us the most, to believe in our own self-worth, who has helped us prepare best for the hard knocks of life?  The answer always turns out to be the person who showed us love and respect.

Paul tells us today, “What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him.”  Share God’s Love with all those you meet.  Scatter loving thoughts, words and actions in all directions as we make our way along in life.  Perhaps, 84 years from now, someone will be writing about one of the little “candy hearts” you left along the way.

February 15, 2020 - Posted by | Bulletins


  1. I love this story and always picture a young George in his classroom, delighting in his candy heart! He had a true heart of gold and sowed seeds of love wherever he went. He is sorely missed.

    Comment by Nancy | February 15, 2020 | Reply

  2. Whenever you spent time with or listening to him he always left you with something to think about and also reminded me to try to make tomorrow a little better than today.
    A really great person.

    Comment by Jack Farrell | February 15, 2020 | Reply

  3. Beautiful anecdote, as always.

    Comment by Anonymous | February 16, 2020 | Reply

  4. Thanks for continuing sharing father George’s messages. They, as little loving hearts, leave indelible imprints on our souls

    Comment by Alfonso and Doris Perez | February 16, 2020 | Reply

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