Living for the ideals of the Gospel

Dear Helias Catholic family,

I spent the past four days traveling to visit my sister in Wisconsin. Plenty of time driving the beautiful highways and byways of Missouri, Illinois and Wisconsin. Plenty of time, too, to reflect and pray for loved ones, our school community and our world.

I spent a fair amount of time yesterday thinking about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I am old enough to remember Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. I certainly remember the sadness and the disillusionment that our nation felt upon his assassination. I wondered what Dr. King would think of our nation today. The “promised land” is not yet realized. Perhaps it never will be realized in our time here on Earth  And yet, weary as many are, dispirited as many are at times, Dr. King’s impassioned call for us to become one nation under God, where all are treated equal and not judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their hearts — that call impels us forward, one step at a time, toward the promised land.

My wife tells me that I am an idealist; I plead guilty as charged. My ideals are what drive me to work for the Kingdom of God to become a reality on Earth. My ideals energize me. My ideals at times also leave me feeling discouraged. And yet it is by the grace of God and the example of courageous people such as Dr. King that I attempt to move forward each day, trying my best to follow my ideals and live the life God is calling me to live.

May God continue to bless each one of us with the conviction and the desire to live according to the ideals of the Gospel — love, forgiveness, justice, acceptance, tolerance and fidelity to God’s call.

Live, Jesus, in our hearts — forever!

John Knight
Helias Catholic High School President

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