‘Jesus, I love you’

“Jesus, I love you.”

Those were the final words uttered by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI before he took his last breath and passed into the arms of our Lord this past week. Jesus, I love you. Those four words have been at the forefront of my mind not only as I think about Benedict’s life of service to the Church but also as I reflect on my life and the lives of the young people entrusted to us at Helias Catholic.

In order to truly love Jesus, one must first know Jesus. The primary work of our faculty, staff and administration is to accompany students on their faith journey during their years with us and to help them come to know Jesus alive and present in their daily lives. This past semester has been a time filled with opportunities to come to know Jesus through classes, school liturgies, retreats and service projects. Our students have also come to know Jesus through the countless moments of being cared for and supported by our school community. Actions do speak louder than words.  

As we begin this new calendar year, may each one of us continue to remain open to Jesus alive and present in our lives. And may we continue to seek to bring Jesus to one another in our prayers and in our actions. When our day is finished, may the last words in our hearts be those that Benedict uttered:  Jesus, I love you.

Live, Jesus, in our hearts — forever!

John Knight
Helias Catholic High School President


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In this blog, Helias Catholic President John Knight and guest writers share updates about ongoing work to advance Helias Catholic High School’s mission to provide excellence in Catholic education and vision to build a community of saints and scholars for Christ. Please send responses, ideas, questions and friendly greetings to Mr. Knight at jknight@heliascatholic.com.