What does love look like? Do you ever ponder this question? I ask because on February 14, we celebrate the feast day of St. Valentine, the patron saint of love, engaged couples, and happy marriages.

In my many years of being a priest, I have had the great honor of marrying countless young couples, whose love for God, each other, their family and friends is abundantly apparent. When I look at these couples, I truly feel like I can see love.

Returning to my original question, St. Augustine had a slightly less traditional and more comprehensive view on what love may look like. He was quoted as saying, “What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.”

“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.”

Whenever Saint Augustine’s statement comes to mind, I cannot help but think of you and the many friends of Mercy Home and Sunday Mass. After all, you have the hands to help others, the feet to hasten to the poor and needy, the eyes to see misery and want, the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of humanity. You, with an incredible generosity of spirit, share your time, treasures, talents, and prayers with both the young people of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls and the Sunday Mass family. Because of all that, you are truly the love that supports this mission and our Gospel work.

Please know that during this month, and all year long, the entire Mercy Home community is grateful for your support, friendship, and spiritual support. I hope you and those you love have a very happy St. Valentine’s Day! The prayers of our Sunday Mass family are with you!

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