The candy message hearts have been around since 1902 (no wonder they taste like chalk). Though the recipe for the candy hasn’t changed in all of those years the company has, from year to year, tried to come up with new messages to put on the hearts that reflect the contemporary culture. For example, while the earliest candy hearts came with messages like “Marry Me” and “Be Mine,” hearts in more recent years have read “Tweet Me” and “BFF.”
Since Valentine’s Day is named after a saint, I thought it would be nice if the candy makers could put some saints’ sayings or slogans on the candy hearts. For example, they could use a quote from St. Gabriel the Archangel, “Hail Favored One.” Who wouldn’t like to see that on their Valentine candy?
Or how about, “UR Rock” in honor of St. Peter? “Let Me Sow Love” from the Song of St. Francis is a good Valentine message – or “Do Not Doubt” in honor of St. Thomas. “Be Found” in honor of St. Anthony, patron saint of lost objects, is a perfect message to anyone who has been looking for love.
The point is, nobody knows love better than the saints. These are the men and women who, throughout the generations, have sought with their whole lives and been transformed by the greatest love – the love of God. So I leave you with some of my favorites quotes of love from the saints. These quotes might be too long to fit on a small candy heart, but what a difference it would make if we could imprint them on our hearts. Happy Valentine’s Day!
"You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working, and just so, you learn to love by loving" – St. Francis de Sales.
"When one loves, one does not calculate" -- St Thérèse of Lisieux."
"The person who does not decide to love forever will find it very difficult to really love for even one day" St. Pope John Paul II.
“The things that we love tell us what we are” – Saint Thomas Aquinas.
"Love from one side hurts, but love from two sides heals" – often attributed to William Shakespeare (though not a canonized saint, pretty inspired nonetheless).