MORNING PRAYERS - 2019 4TH QUARTER

Monday, March 11th - Chris Moss '19

Dear Seniors, today marks the first day of the last quarter in high school and graduation is in our sights. The pressure of senioritis is well within us, but fight back because we’re not done yet, let’s continue to create our legacy before time runs out.  We all wondered what this day would be like, but remember it’s not how far you WENT it’s how far you’ve COME. Many events and circumstances have prepared us up to this point. Now it is time to finish strong and prepare for the coming of graduation in May. Preparation is essential to success in life. For example, we all prepared for our exams last Thursday and Friday, so we could do well on them.  In a similar way, the season of Lent is a time when we prepare for a day of celebration as well. At Easter, we will celebrate that Jesus rose again. Let us not forget the importance of preparation, whether academically or spiritually, so that we can achieve success in our studies and the greatest reward of all, heaven!

Let us pray. Dear God, as we begin the 4th Quarter, we ask you to help us to finish the school year strong. As we continue this holy season, we pray that you would send down your holy spirit upon us that we might prepare ourselves for these days of Lent and utilize them to grow closer to You. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Tuesday, March 12th - Amanda Shildt '19

“Can a blind person guide a blind person? Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? How can you say to your brother, “brother let me remove that splinter in your eye” when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? Remove the beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.” A couple of weeks ago in Luke’s gospel, we were told to not judge others. We are to look at ourselves and know that we have faults. Therefore, we can not criticize another’s faults before we fix our own. During the season of Lent, we normally give up something like food or social media. But I challenge you BK, to not just give up something tangible or insignificant, but to focus on being more virtuous, by not judging others. Let’s all try to look at others with kindness and love, instead of with judgement.

Let us pray. Dear God, each day we live with the challenge of being human and making many mistakes. Guide us to love one another and to give thanks for who we are. Help us to remember that all the judgements we make are nothing and the only judgment that will matter is yours. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen

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Wednesday, March 13th - Darrel Thomas '19

A young woman lost in the desert made her way to an old weather-beaten, home in the distance. Searching for water she came upon a pump outside the house and began pumping furiously for water. After several attempts and seeing nothing flowing, her eye saw a small jug topped with a cork and hastily scribbled note underneath. “You have to prime the pump with water first when you're finished refill the jug for someone else.” The young women sat and pondered her options. If she drank the water her thirst would be gone, but if she followed the note's instructions, all the water could be lost on a pump that might not work.   Sweating profusely, she listened to her frightened pounding heart and chose to pour the entire jug of water down the rusty pump and furiously pumped. water gushed forth. She was so grateful she corked the jug after filling it full again. Then added these words to the most .”Just do it it really does work”

 

This woman's journey through the desert is much like our own Lenten journey. We may be lost dazed and confused and thirsty for God’s love. And then we come across the pump that will satisfy us on our journey. Inside each of us is someone who wants something. Like the women, we can drink from the jug ensuing our own satisfaction or we can choose to prime the pump, and help those who are likely to follow us. You will see your life begin to move as the magic unfolds. If you are in sync with your greatest purpose then you are destined to succeed. Let us all use this Lenten season to prepare ourselves and allows God’s plan to quench our thirst.

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Monday, March 25th - Ashley Simpson '19

For Lent this year, I decided I wanted to do something different, but I had no idea what to do. So one day, I was talking to Katherine Devonshire in her office and she told me about this idea of how I could write an appreciation letter to someone every day during the Lenten season. Of course, I thought this was a brilliant idea so I did it! I simply think about people in my life who need to be appreciated, I write to them about how they inspire me or just write the great qualities they have, and then I give it to them. Simple as that. As Lent keeps going, it has become so much easier to realize how many people need to be checked up on every day and how little some people get appreciated. So with the appreciation letter, I have had a greater understanding of why God enjoys our prayer to him. God enjoys listening to us and listening to how our day is. So with that let’s say a prayer.

Loving God, During the sacred season of Lent, bring me closer to you. Prepare a place in home and heart for silence and solitude, so that I may re-discover the grace of a prayer-full life. Enlarge my heart so that I give to those in need and, in so doing, re-discover the grace of gratitude and generosity. May this season be grace-filled to rekindle my love for and faith in you. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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Tuesday, March 26th

So, we all know that Lent lasts 40 days. 40 is the traditional number of judgment and spiritual testing in the Bible, and it has a resemblance of the 40 days Christ spent fasting in the desert before entering into his public ministry. During Lent, we then try and imitate Christ by spending 40 days in spiritual discipline before the celebration of Christ’s triumph over sin and death at Easter. Furthermore, the act of fasting is a common practice during Lent and is intended as an intensification of our prayer. The primary focus of fasting is not about making something happen or about changing God. Rather, it’s about changing us.  It is a time to realize our own dependency on God… to realign our thoughts, our actions, our behavior, our way of living more closely to the example of Jesus, and what God is calling for us in our lives. Fasting is only one aspect of Lent’s spiritual significance, and there’s no one correct way to do it. The most important thing isn’t what you fast from, but the intent behind your fast, and that it is done with a degree of intentionality, of being open to being filled by God.

Let us pray. Lord, thank you for giving us the perfect example of fasting and sacrifice through your Son Jesus Christ.. As we continue to fast during this Lent, help us to not see our fast as an inconvenience, or something for which we obtain attention for ourselves, but as a means to draw closer to You. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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Wednesday, March 27th - Mrs. Elisha Thach

How desperate are you for God?

Fasting is one of the most powerful spiritual disciplines.  It is a way to align our hearts with god. Psalms 42:2 states “my soul thirsts for God, the living god”. Part of fasting is to deny something of the flesh to glorify God, enhance our spirit, and go deeper in our prayer life. How can we do that? We need to take a look at our inner self. What is causing you to not be one with God? There are 1440 minutes each day.  In that time frame how often do you check your cell phone to see the latest snap or instagram post? How often do you watch a youtube video? Now be honest with yourself, how often to you think about God? How often is your focus on growing closer to him? To pray to him?Fasting does not have to be solely related to food. Take a look at your life and ask God to show you what is distracting you from having a true relationship with him.  Is it your cell phone, your job, sports, friends, your temper, the tv, etc?

Let us pray. Father God, open our eyes to realize the importance of fasting. Let our hearts be open to your will and your word. Let us listen for your spirit to help us know what is hindering or relationship with you.  Help us to grow closer to you during the season of Lent and to humble ourselves to your will. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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Thursday, March 28th - Lauren Rocco '20

This spring break, I had the incredible privilege of traveling on the school’s pilgrimage to Rome. This experience would have been amazing if we just picked up some gelato and left, but what made the trip actually impactful for me was seeing all of the masterpieces littering the city. Everywhere we looked, there was some work of art close enough to touch, miraculously detailed. With every fresco came a flood of symbols. The red meant martyr, the purple royalty, the circle rebirth, and the sword beheading. Nearly every opportunity for intricacy was used for the glory of God. Michelangelo took years to plan out the dome of the vatican so that the sunlight could shine through like God’s light into the church. Andrea Pozzo painted a mural on the ceiling of St. Ignatius church so realistic that it is impossible to tell what is painted and what is built into the structure. This is to mimic the human inability to grasp God’s divine nature. Even ordinary sculptors made sure to point the eyes of Saints up towards the heavens. If we intentionally put just a fraction of that dedication into the use of our talents we could glorify God in an entirely new way. This isn’t saying everyone needs to spout bible verses as they run up and down the court. All it means is that when given the opportunity to share our talents with the world, we have to remember where those talents came from and, in turn, give it up to Him even in just a small way- singing at a mass, restraining ourselves from retaliating against a dirty opponent when we’re wearing the Kelley cross, or giving some time to a religious organization in need of a brainiac. Even if it is in a small way, intentionally embracing God through our talents can not only bring us closer to him, but invite in everyone around us, even if people won’t see it a thousand years from now.

Let us pray. Lord, grant that we may seek to glorify you everyday with the talents you have gifted us and that we may understand how to share our knowledge of you with others. We pray this in humble thanksgiving for every gift we have already received, through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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Monday, April 1st - Monse Solorzano '19

When something good happens to you, who do you tell first? It might be your parents, your best friend, or even a teacher. How about when something doesn’t go your way? Do you confide in the same people or even God? Or does anger get the best of you and you think that God has abandoned us? Why are we like this? Well, to start; it’s extremely difficult to believe in a God you can’t exactly see as a person. But you can see him as persons. Like your friends when they do a small act of kindness, a teacher you really wanted to see, or even a stranger showing kindness. You see, our God truly is an awesome God. Second, it’s okay to have doubts. We all do at some point. Even Jesus, while dying on the cross cries out, “My God, My God, why have You abandoned me?” Think about this. When you look at a body of water, sometimes you can see your reflection. If you touch the water, ripples will diffuse, but you can still see yourself reflected in the water. Just like that, even if it’s difficult to see, God will always be there. You just have to look hard enough.

Dear God, please give us enough patience to wait for Your answers to our prayers. And if what we are asking for is not aligned to Your will, please help us trust in Your plans, for they are much better than what we could have ever prayed for. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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Wednesday, April 3rd - Mr. Tim Wymore

Remember that man we heard about yesterday?  The one who had been ill for 38 years? He had been looking for healing in the wrong places, but when Jesus gives His command, he is suddenly able to rise, take up his mat, and walk. Now, imagine that same man, the next day, and the day after that.  We are not told where he walks or what he’s thinking or feeling. The thrill of walking may be starting to wear off. But I’d like to think he is still carrying his mat. Why is he still carrying his mat? Or, why would Jesus tell him to keep the mat that he had sat on, in his sickness, for 38 years?  Wouldn’t he be tired of it? Maybe it’s because the mat is a reminder of how much the man depends on Jesus, during his pilgrimage through life.

There’s a quote from a video on pilgrimage that I show my seniors, that says that pilgrims on a spiritual journey often catch a glimpse of what they’re seeking, but then that vision disappears for a while.  That’s why many pilgrimages are longer, to allow that seeking to continue. Lent can seem long. Maybe we’ve had a moment this Lent when God has allowed our fasting, our more intentional prayer, or our sacrificial almsgiving to heal us and to point us in the right direction.  But then, maybe that mountain top moment goes away. But if we continue to carry our mats - if we persevere in our ordinary days and despite our stumbles in life, during the middle of our journey - then we are all the more ready for the greatest victory of all, at Easter.

Let us pray.  Heavenly Father, we give you thanks for the healing and the consolations we have received this Lent.  We ask you for the humility and perseverance to depend on God today, no matter what. Amen.

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Thursday, April 4th - Meg Grundy '19

It is said that as young children, we make around 3,000 decisions a day. As we grow older and our capacity to choice what we want or don’t want increases, we eventually make more that 30,000 decisions in a single day. As I reflected on this astonishing number, I realized that many of the decisions we make can set us on a far different path than what we ever expected. If you ask any of the staff members, they will tell you that hard decisions don’t let up after you choose a college or a major. Saying this, are our decisions, big or small, leading us to God or aiding us in the separation from him? A Sister in Rome gave me this prayer written by St. Thomas Aquinas. Let us pray.

Whatever is pleasing to you, O merciful God, may I ardently desire, wisley pursue, truly recognize, and bring to perfect completion, to the praise and glory of your name.Order my life, O my God. Grant me to know what you would have me do, and to carry it out as I should and as is profitable for my soul.Grant that I may never falter, whether in prosperity or adversity, so that I may not be puffed up in one nor downcast in the other. Let me rejoice over nothing except what leads to you, nor grieve except over what leads away from you. Let me never desire to please, or fear to displease, anyone but you, O Lord my God, who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

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Monday, April 8th

Today, we will use our 7 on 7 Prayers as we continue our celebration of the 300th anniversary of the death of St. John Baptist De La Salle. April 7, yesterday, is the actual the date of De La Salle’s death, it was Good Friday, in 1719. By now, hopefully, we are all aware of his influence upon the educational system of his time, the thousands of lives impacted, the religious order of men he founded, and the charism that we still have present in our school community today. This 300th anniversary is being celebrated in Lasallian schools and ministries, all over the world this year. Why? He was remarkable as he answered the needs of his time, providing an education to those who would not have had one otherwise. His legacy encourages us to do the same… to take a hard look at our world and respond to its needs. And we don’t have to look internationally or even nationally to find a need. We can start right here in Tulsa and at our school. Lent is the perfect time to seek an opportunity to put our Christian and Lasallian faith into practice. Maybe on Wednesday, instead of bringing the easy $2 for PB & J Day, you could actually take one extra step and buy a jar of peanut butter to help the Catholic Charities Food Pantry and those whom it serves. Or maybe you could go to Night Light this Thursday evening, not because you need service hours but because you know you will encounter Christ as you serve the needs of the homeless. Or maybe, it could be as simple as looking for Christ in every individual that you encounter today in the halls, in class, at lunch. Today, one day after the 300th anniversary of the death of St. John Baptist De La Salle, let us consider how much the way he responded all those years ago, is still so meaningful and applicable today.

Let us pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for the life and example of St. John Baptist De La Salle. May you inspire our hearts, as you did him, to notice the needs of our world and respond accordingly. Realizing that in doing so, we will draw ourselves closer to You. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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Tuesday, April 9th - Lauren Rocco '20

We all have a lot going on in our lives. Between sports, school, extracurriculars, friends, and family, there seems to by very little time for anything but as much sleep as we can work in. The thing about time is that it’s truly a gift. But it’s a gift not given for us solely to finish an English essay, or to fit in an extra musical rehearsal, but it’s a gift for all of us on earth to get to heaven. That sounds kinda crazy, but think about it. Our only real goal in life is to end up with God forever, so all the time we have on earth is for us to complete that goal. That time is to take care of a friend in need, to set an example for a younger sibling, or to, yes, spend time with God. Some of these requirements are easy or things we do instinctively, like pick up the phone when a friend calls, or tell or sibling to do their homework, but honestly, what we tend to forget most often, might be the most necessary component of our lives and that is God. Despite the chaos and histeria that often comes in the life of a teenager, God still asks for a bit of our time. He asks for the 30 seconds before a meal where you quickly thank him for your food. He asks for the 5 minutes before bed when you tell him about your day and send up intentions for different people and situations. He asks for that hour a week at mass and he asks for anything else we can give him. God doesn’t make us spend our time on him, we get the same amount of hours in a day, regardless, but especially during this lenten season, focus on giving him maybe even just 10 minutes more. Not only is all time a gift, but heaven is the reward.

God, grant that we may use the time given to us well, may we work efficiently, care for others selflessly, and love you recklessly. May we always remember our purpose and remember to thank you for the gift of all our time. As you live in reign, forever and ever. Amen.

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Wednesday, April 10th - Ashley Simpson '19

If you are anything like me, you have a twitter and if you have a twitter you may or may not follow one of my many twitter accounts the Pope has. The Pope tweets about a lot of things. for example just this morning he tweeted “Almsgiving helps us emerge from the foolishness of living to accumulate everything for ourselves, under the illusion of securing a future that is not ours. #Lent” but he also posts a video with a monthly prayer intention. For this month he decided that the monthly intention should be “Doctors and humanitarians in war-torn Countries risking there lives to save others”. He says in the video “ The presence of doctors, nurses and other health care workers in war-torn countries are a sign of hope. They are wise and good-hearted people who follow their vocation and work under extremely dangerous conditions. So let us pray for the Doctors and humanitarians in war-torn Countries risking their lives to save others”. With this prayer intention, people will flood the comments with crying emojis, people saying “Amen” and feedback from people from those countries who are doctors. People are so wholeheartedly open to pray for this one single intention.

During Lent, we are asked to be more intentional in our prayer. Today, may our intentions be more focused as we remember these Doctors and Humanitarians.

Let us pray. Dear God, Thank you for all the amazing people risking their lives or just helping in some kind of way. We pray for their safety and we pray for the countries who are in a war. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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Thursday, April 11th - Mrs. Jeana Sutton

When I was younger and my school had canned food drives, I would go to our pantry and grab cans of things we never used like lima beans and sauerkraut--all the vegetables that my brother and I hated.  It wasn’t much of a sacrifice to give those things away because we had no use for them. Now think of Lent and what you have sacrificed to bring you closer to God. Now, think of Jesus and what he sacrificed to give to others.  He gave up his life to give us eternal life. There are less than 2 weeks left of Lent--less than 14 days. During these 2 weeks, instead of just giving up your daily Starbucks fix, take the money you don’t spend and give it to a charity.  Instead of not getting on social media after a certain time in the day, give it up completely and give your time to your family in the evenings.

Let us pray. Lord, during this Lent, help us to follow Jesus’ example not only by sacrificing those things which may be difficult but also by giving to others.  We ask this through Christ, our Lord.

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Friday, April 12th - Rachel Hoyos '21

As we approach the end of Lent, some of you may be awaiting finally being able to go back to what you gave up.  Whether you gave up coffee, sweets, or social media...I’m sure you’re excited. Giving up things during Lent helps us to participate in Jesus’s suffering in a very small way, while bringing us closer to Him through Penance.  And while abstaining from some of our favorite things is hard, I challenge you all to finish Lent by not only giving something up, but by pushing yourself to go above and beyond and do something that you maybe aren’t used to.  I know a very big challenge for me is being vulnerable with God. Being vulnerable with Him is completely surrendering ourselves and accepting that we are not perfect people, and we need God in our lives. Bishop Kelley, do not be afraid to accept that we make mistakes, and have bad days...it is part of being human. Listen to God in second corinthians chapter twelve. "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. Remember to trust in Him!

Let us Pray. God, in this time of Lent, help us to remember your suffering in the desert and please give us strength when we are weak. Help us to be joyful in our deepest sadness and to be hopeful in the times when we are tempted to doubt you. Help us to give ourselves completely to you so that you may Redeem us with your grace. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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Monday, April 15th - Amanda Shildt '19

“God You don't need me But somehow You want me Oh, how You love me Somehow that frees me.”

This lyric comes from the song Control by Tenth Avenue North. I discovered the song this Lenten Season. This week is Holy Week, my favorite week of the Church Calendar, mainly because it contains the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus, doesn’t need us at all, yet he took up that cross, the pain, the mocking, and the suffering to die FOR US! He wants us and he LOVES us. Yet even the King of Kings had to have help to carry the cross. Simon of Cyrene, assisted Jesus. Our own crosses also get heavy at times, to the point where we need help, so try today and everyday to recognize not only your cross but the cross of others, and help them to carry their cross. If you feel like your cross leads you to nowhere, well you are wrong!  A great friend once told me that “Everything you are going through is just one obstacle of many on this bumpy road to happiness… and Jesus died knowing you will do great things.”

Let us pray, Lord Jesus, thank you for loving us so much, that you, by your own will, took upon your shoulders that cross to which you died upon. Give us the strength to take upon our cross daily and  give us the wisdom to recognize the crosses of others, and the strength to help them to carry their crosses as well. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.