MORNING PRAYERS - 2019 1ST QUARTER
Tuesday, August 13th - Lauren Rocco '20
For the past three years, I have stood in a classroom listening this first prayer. I have been called the new freshman, eager to start, but also nervous and scared about everything. I have been the sophomore totally done with being a newbie, feeling like I have so much of high school under my belt. I was the junior last year. The majority of school was over, I knew what was going on and I finally had that top locker. This year, I am the senior I’ve always heard about. I’m wearing a red shirt, I got to make my sister and all her peers kiss their moms goodbye, and I’m starting my year of college applications. There’s a reason all four classes are mentioned in a prayer each year. Each year is totally different and each year, you have new stereotypical responsibilities. You first have to be destroyed at a pep rally, then get a super big head when you have one grade younger than you, park in the lot close to the cafeteria, and finally, actually be the leader of the school. But, sometimes, what we forget as we try our hardest to fill our newfound roles, a freshman can be the one to get new people involved in activities. A sophmore can be the one to start varsity. A junior can take advice from a freshman and a senior can be just as scared of the teachers. God doesn’t give us roles based on our age or experience. That can obviously make us more suited to fill them, but our true job is first to follow him and to listen to his voice. This year, I challenge you to find your role outside of your grade. To be kind to others, to smile at everyone in the halls, to offer a helping hand to those struggling, and to lead others to Christ. Be the person that God wants you to be and make this year your best one yet. No matter how many you’ve had.
Thursday, August 15th - Mika Ramos ‘20
Today we celebrate the feast of the Assumption. The feast of the Assumption of Mary commemorates the Virgin Mary’s assumption into heaven. Here is a little prayer dedicated to today.
Father in heaven,
all creation rightly gives you praise,
for all life and all holiness come from you.
In the plan of your wisdom
she who bore the Christ in her womb
was raised body and soul in glory to be with him in heaven.
May we follow her example in reflecting your holiness
and join in her hymn of endless love and praise.
Mary lived a devout life of prayer. As a 13 year old girl, she learned of the plans God had for her to be the mother of our Lord, Jesus Christ. She responded with faithful obedience to God’s specific plan for her, despite the personal challenges that it presented to her.
This is something each and everyone of us should strive to do. Respond with faithful obedience to God’s plan for us despite the personal challenges it presents. Trust in the Lord, today & all the days to come. He is faithful and true in all he does.
Let us pray, Lord, we thank you for such a beautiful day. We pray today for the assumption of Mary, and that we can strive to be the faithful servant that she was. We thank you for your constant blessings and grace, and pray that you will help us grow together in faith and love. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Friday, August 16th - Ava Olmedo ‘20
I still vividly remember kiss your mom goodbye day 2016. I had just turned 15, and prior to this day, I thought I was going to walk into Bishop Kelley for the first time with confidence. Well, right when my mom turned into the U-drive, I started crying and demanded her to take me back home and enroll me back into my former online school. Against my wishes, she told me to get out of the car. Something I will never forget is while I was flooding tears in front of the class of 2017, she looked at me and said, “You will make it, I promise.” Yeah, well, after realizing in Pre-AP Honors Biology that “taking notes” was actually a thing, I was convinced I would fail. Well, here I am, 3 years later, wearing a red shirt while giving a prayer to roughly 1000 people. Yes, I’m not going to lie, there were times where I wanted to give up and leave, but with the help from God, I always seemed to succeed. Freshman, just because you think right now that life couldn’t be any more difficult, remember that I tried out for the Freshman Cheer Team with no prior experience. Actually, I want you to think about all of the potential things you could actually succeed in here at Bishop Kelley. I NEVER thought I would spend my high school years doing Speech and Debate. The point I’m trying to make is that maybe the path YOU want to take right now isn’t working so you are scared, but like my mom said, “You WILL make it, I promise.’’ Also, thank you Mr. Arenson for totally not failing me. And guess what mommy, I did make it.
Let us pray.
Thank you for all of your blessings, especially for the opportunity to attend Bishop Kelley. Through all of those around us, may we constantly be reminded of your love for us. Help us each to find our own potential so that we might become all that you desire for us to be. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Monday, August 19th - Mrs. Elisha Thach
5:30 am alarm goes off, 5:35 snooze goes off, 5:40 snooze goes off again, 5:45 snooze one more time, 5:50 second alarm goes off, 6:00 third alarm goes and finally up out of bed ... How did you feel when that alarm went off? Where you happy? Sad? Angry? Frustrated? Upset? Overjoyed? Excited? Did you think “can it really be Monday?” “Or is it Monday already?” “What happened to the weekend?” “Can we have one more day of the weekend?” Now think back to your very first thoughts this morning .... Were they positive or negative thoughts? Did those thoughts set your day in motion to be a good day or a bad day? No matter how you started your day you can turn it around with right thinking and right attitudes. These are essential for us to reach our potential and fulfill God’s plan for our lives. In Romans 12:2 the Bible states ““Do not be shaped by this world. Instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you. And you will be able to know what is good and pleasing to God and what is perfect.” It is so important for us to pay attention to the thoughts going on in our mind because they will influence and energize the rest of what you do. Your mind, mouth, moods, attitudes, and behavior are all connected. The enemy will try and get to your thoughts early in the day. So I encourage you to jump start your day today by thinking and speaking good things from God’s word.
Let us pray,
Lord and Heavenly Father we come before you now and give thanks for your blessings and kindness. Thanks for allowing us to be blessed with another day to live and grow closer to you. Help us to start this week and this school year fresh with a new mindset eagerly willing to change our thinking. Help us not to be shaped by this world but to be shaped by you and to put on a positive attitude and think right thoughts. In Jesus name, amen.
Wednesday, August 21st - Sam Alaback ‘20
Smile at someone today. This lesson is short but effective. Smiling at a stranger can brighten their day and make them feel good. Maybe it’ll even cause you to smile back?
God smiles down on us everyday, never wavering or tiring. His smile could be seen through the bright orange and red sunrise or a calm and serene breeze in the evening. God works in so many wonderfully different ways.
Point being, embrace the smile. Smile back at someone. Radiate Gods love as you pass by someone in the morning or during passing period. Smile today BK. It’s a wonderful day.
Let us pray.
Lord God, Heavenly King, our Almighty Father, let us show others your light in our smile, and brighten the world with your love. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Friday, August 23rd - Reilly Roggendorff ‘20
I had a black golden doodle named Maggie and she was my best friend. My freshman and sophomore year, my mom would pick me up from school and Maggie would join her. She was so excited to greet me and my friends after school. And she was especially fond of the Bishop Kelley geese. This past July while we were on a family vacation, sweet Maggie passed away. I was so upset I couldn’t give her one last hug and be with her when she passed.
I prayed to God asking him why he would do this me. Everything was going well - I am a senior in high school, I have applied to college and I had just spent the best 2 weeks at the beach with my family. And then BOOM! He allowed my childhood dog to pass away.
When things go bad in our lives we immediately turn to God with anger and frustration. But what we need to start doing is turning to God in the good and joyful times. If God is a constant in our lives, he is always with us. Having a relationship with God will make the tough times bearable and the good times even better. Let us pray.
Thank you for your countless blessings. Inspire in each of us the desire to pray daily, knowing that a personal relationship with you will help make our lives more bearable and our joys will be magnified. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Wednesday, August 28th - Mrs. Dana Hoagland
My favorite parable that Jesus shared is definitely the story of the Prodigal son. In Luke’s Gospel, chapter 15, Jesus describes the situation. The younger son, takes his share of the his father’s fortune and goes to a far away land. Eventually, out of money and starving, he decides to return to his father and ask for mercy. Father celebrates his son’s return, older son gets mad, father explains. The full version has many more details, but it is what Jesus doesn’t say in this parable that gives me the most comfort. We never know how long the younger son has been gone. Although we have some idea how he squandered his inheritance, we don’t know every indiscretion he committed. And it is here that we can all find comfort. God, just like the father in the prodigal son, is not concerned with the length of time we’ve been away or the depth of our sin, but rather that we have returned, repentant and humble. What a gift to know that when we stray, God loves us enough to gather us back to him every time.
Let us pray: Dear Lord, we thank you for the gift you give us by forgiving our sins and welcoming us back to You every time we stray. Your love is perfect and we are grateful to be called your sons and daughters. Please be with us as we make our way through this day. Help us to use the talents and abilities you have given us to do your will in the world around us.
We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen
Friday, August 30th - Rachel Hoyos ‘21
Today I want to talk to you about being more aware of your faith. Of course, we go to a Catholic school and have multiple prayers throughout the day. But how many times a day do you notice God? God was there when you won that volleyball game, God was there whenever you aced that math test, God was there whenever you and your friends belly laughed for five minutes straight. You noticed Him then, because you felt like life was the best it could be. But did you know that God was right there whenever you didn’t do so well on that test, or when you missed that free throw or when you and your best friend got into an argument?
The book of John Says “ and as we live in God , our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgement, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear.” “We love each other because he loved us first.” God is everywhere. God is love. And Bishop Kelley, I encourage you all to do your best to live a life in which you are overwhelmed with love, because then you will know that God is always with you.
Let us pray
Thank you for being with us always and loving us no matter what. Help us to notice you in the small and big things in life so that as we notice you, we might grow to be more like you. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Wednesday, September 4th - Zach Meyer ‘20
Last week I was up late talking to one of my closest friends. During our conversation, I was reminded of how grateful I am that God put her in my life. This prayer was inspired by her.
High school is an opportunity to meet new people and make good friends, but it is also a time in life where we will lose friends and/or find ones that don’t make us better people. It takes courage, strength, faith in God, and sometimes the support of other friends to end those friendships that don’t make us better. Learning from my past and present experiences, I have come up with four qualities I think every true and lasting friendship should have:
1- They are on the same mission; to bring one another to Heaven.
2 – They are honest and do not hide things from each other.
3 – They are vulnerable with each other.
4 – They treat each other with compassion, respect, and love.
Remember these qualities throughout this school year and the rest of your life. Seek to find those true friends who want what is best for you and who bring out the best in you. True friends will free your soul and will keep you on a path toward your eternal happiness.
Let us pray
You have blessed us, O God, with the gift of friendship, the bonding of persons in a circle of love. We thank you for such a blessing:for friends who love us,who share our sorrows,who laugh with us in celebration,who bear our pain,who need us as we need them,who weep as we weep,who hold us when words fail,and who give us the freedom to be ourselves. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Thursday, September 5 - Mika Ramos ‘20
Every Wednesday, I attend Quest at Christ the King. Quest is a high school youth group where we gather as a community to sing praise & worship music and grow in our relationships with God. Having a designated hour all for God is so special, especially in the midst of our busy lives. Sometimes in the craziness of life, we can start to feel lonely. Last night, we sang a song that is a good reminder for all of us. It goes like this,
Faithful, you are faithful, I have found nothing but good in your heart
Loving, you are loving, I am in love with the way that you are
Thankful, I am thankful, I had been running away on my own
And then you found me
Oh how you love me
I know I’ll never be alone
So today Bishop Kelley, I want to remind you that we are never alone. Love others & the Lord. Lift each other up and support one another especially in the harder, more vulnerable times. We were blessed by God to have a community of people that is able to grow in our relationships with each other and with the Lord.
Let us pray, Lord, we thank you for such a beautiful day. We lift up any burdens or struggles that we may be facing all to you with the knowledge that you will guide us through. Help us to be faithful to you, loving to one another, and thankful for each of the blessings you place in our life. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Friday, September 6th - Joe OConnor ‘20
Today is the day, my last first football game. I have been fortunate enough to play football since 3rd grade and with men I can call my brothers. We have been working very hard for this year, the big senior year. Football is a game of adversity and grit. Practicing in the heat, rain, and cold isn’t for everyone. The game isn’t easy. There will be injured players. There will be tough games, days where you think it will never end, but you can never give up. No matter what the scoreboard says it will always be a fight every single play. It’s a fight to see who wants it more, everyone has the ability. It is just who wants it more. When I was in middle school, my dad always said to our team “you do it for the guy next to you”. God asks us to be the same way. No matter what hardships you are going through or if everything is going great, never give up on God because he will never give up on you. Never give up on the people in your life because they will never give up on you. Being a christian can be hard at times and can be especially easy at other times. God knows your struggles and he is there to help you get through them, never give up. Let us pray
Dear Lord, send the holy spirit upon us today to strengthen our relationship with you and that we may help each other grow in strength. We pray for any hardships that we are enduring and that you walk with us through our journey and help us gain knowledge and wisdom from our adversity. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Monday, September 9th - Lauren Rocco ‘20
The world is kinda a crazy place and sometimes, it is a really difficult place to see God. When bad things happen, a hurricane floods thousands of homes, a tornado blows away an entire town, a family member is diagnosed with cancer, or we can’t catch a break in some ridiculously hard class. Life gets difficult, and sometimes the things we need seem impossible for God to give us. How could God rebuild our home, or give us a hug, or quiz us on AP Bio? When God isn’t on earth physically, he still has a few pairs of hands to help us out. Maybe, the help you need to rebuild your home comes from a group of volunteers on a mission trip. Maybe, God helps your family member survive the cancer by sending you a doctor that found a perfect combination of chemo. Maybe that song that came on the radio on your drive to school was God preparing you for a perfect day. Maybe that hug from your mom or your best friend is actually a wink from God. He is always here on earth. No matter how it seems, no matter how hard life gets, or how alone we feel, God works in mysterious ways and he works through us. Still, what’s maybe more important than recognizing when he reaches out to you, is recognizing when he needs you to be his hands for someone else. This could be as big as signing up for a month long mission trip to Haiti, or as small as remembering to wish your friend good luck of his test. We always need to be looking out for ways to help God. And, the more we do it, the more we’ll see it.
Let us pray,
God, teach us to see you in your everyday miracles. Teach us to find you in the laughter and the smiles and to bring you to others in need of your love. Please show us how to love you and feel your love in return. We pray this in the name of the father, the son, and the holy spirit, amen.
Wednesday, September 11th - Sam Alaback ‘20
Today marks the 18th anniversary of one of the darkest days in American history: the September 11th terrorist attacks. At 8:46 AM, Al Qaeda agents hijacked a plane and sent it flying into the North World Trade Center Tower. At 9:03 AM, a second hijacked plane flew into the South World Trade Center Tower. At 9:37 AM, a third plane crashed into the Pentagon. There was a fourth plane, but the passengers fought back the terrorists and forced a crash landing in the fields of Pennsylvania. That plane was supposedly heading for the White House. 2,977 people died in the attacks and over 6,000 people were injured.
Out of those 2,977 people who died, 343 were firefighters, 71 were police officers. 1,402 people died at or above the floors of impact in the North Tower. 614 people died at or above the floors of impact in the South Tower. An estimated 200 people fell to their deaths when jumping out of the burning buildings. Their bodies fell onto buildings, streets, and sidewalks at over 150 miles per hour. More than 90 countries lost citizens in the attack. The average age of the dead in New York City was 40. The youngest victim was 18 and the oldest was 79.
I tell you these facts today because I don’t want anybody to forget what happened or who was affected. What can we take away from this horrific moment in history? We could talk about how brave the hostages were on the fourth plane and how their sacrifice saved thousands of lives and our nations capitol building. We could talk about how the whole country came together after the attack to join in the rescue effort and pray for all those affected.
In my opinion, one of the main lessons you could take away from the 9/11 terrorist attacks is that every moment in our life is precious and shouldn’t be taken for granted. Those 2,977 American citizens lost their lives on that day. They didn’t know it was going to be their last.
Don’t forget the lives lost and those who sacrifice themselves for our freedom. Don’t forget that every moment is precious. Don’t forget what happened on September 11th, 2001.
Let us pray.
Lord God, our Heavenly King, you know everything and know everyone. Guide us to be servants to you and to others. Help us to love each other no matter what, and to take away the hate we harbor in our hearts. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Thursday, September 12th - Ms. Sarah Dicks
An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told them that whoever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he gave them the signal to run they all took each other’s hands and ran together, then sat in a circle enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they chose to run as a group when they could have had more fruit individually, one child spoke up and said “UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?
The word UBUNTO in the Xhosa culture means: I am because we are. It’s about humanity and compassion.
In this culture of “you do you,” we can forget that we are responsible for one another. And while each of us should keep our eyes toward heaven, as a community of believers, we should grab the hands of those next to us and run together toward holiness.
Let us pray, Lord you charged your early believers to be a community that relied on the gifts of one another to grow together in faith. Help us to imitate that example of community. Amen.
Friday, September 13th
Today, the Church celebrates the Memorial of St. John Chrysostom. St. John’s ministry took place in the late 4th and early 5th centuries. St. John earned the title Chrysostom which means "golden mouth". He was known for his sermons which were always on point, they explained the Scriptures with clarity, and they sometimes went on for hours. In the Psalms, we hear that the words of the Lord are purest gold. Although the word of life is Christ, His word's are often delivered and illuminated to us through our Priests, other Clergy and people of deep faith. Let us pray today, through the intercession of St. John, for the grace to hear Christ in his word and to live by the words that we hear.
Lord, you speak the word of life through the eloquence of faithful servants whom you call to proclaim the good news of salvation. By the example of St. John Chrysostom, raise up courageous and convincing preachers in our day to stir faith to life, to heal the broken hearted and to offer new life, through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Monday, September 16th - Leah Brainerd ‘20
Today is the feast day of Sts. Cornelius & Cyprian. Cornelius was a Pope and Cyprian was a Bishop. They were both persecuted in 250AD, yet they still encouraged each other to lead virtuous, self-sacrificing, and loving lives for God. They looked up to each other and helped one another in their times of hardship.
One of my favorite songs says- My spirit is willing but my flesh is so weak. May we all find a friend in our lives to help us in our journey towards God so that our spirit and our flesh may do God’s will just as saints Cornelius & Cyprian did in their lives.
Let us pray,
Thank you for the friends you place in our lives. Help us to strive to find you in our daily lives, to do your will each day and to find ways to help our friends grow closer to you.
We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Wednesday, September 18th - Rachel Hoyos ‘21
We have now fully transitioned from summer into school. We have all done some big assignment and taken some hard tests, and may be feeling tired right about now. I know that, personally, stress is one of the hardest things to manage for me. I have to work on jazz choir, all state choir, and musical, all along with school…. And sometimes God becomes an afterthought to all of the things we have to accomplish during the day. Stress takes a toll on your mood, your relationships, and your performance in school and extracurriculars.
Isaiah 41:10 says
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Even when it feels like life is getting ahead of us, we can always rely on God to give us strength. He loves us more than we understand, and he wants us to turn to him in times of need.
God, help us to reflect our love for you in everything we do. Help Us to know that you are always with us, and help us to not be afraid of trusting you and putting our life in your hands. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Thursday, September 19th - Mika Ramos ‘20
The Gospel this past Sunday told many parables, including the Parable of the Lost Sheep. In Luke, chapter 15, it says, “what man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost on until he finds it?”. In all honesty, I don’t think any of us would do this because by the time we make it back with the lost sheep there may be 4 that are missing now.
So what is Jesus trying to tell us through this parable? Through this we are learning about the eternal Search for God, but at the same time, it shows that God is constantly searching for each of us to be found and allowing ourselves to be found in Him. God loves each of us and His love is unchangeable. He will search for us and love us even when we aren’t searching for him.
A song that everyone may know that makes references to this parable is the song Reckless Love by Cory Asbury. “Oh the overwhelming, never-ending reckless love of God.” So, next time you hear this song… let it be a reminder that God will never stop loving us or pursuing us!
Let us pray
Lord, thank you for this beautiful day. Thank you for the blessings you pour out to us and the wonders of your ways. Help us to open up our hearts and minds to you and allow ourselves to be found. We pray for a better understanding of your unchangeable love and we ask all of this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Friday, September 20th - Zach Meyer ‘20
On my knees I am, surrounded by fire. With the heavy weight of metal upon my shoulders. I’m out of reach of that heavenly shore. Blocked by intimidating black-eyed throwers. Not about to give up, with strength I stand. Washing my hands with powder of white,I keep my eyes on the task at hand. Never letting the prize out of my sight. With a powerful yell, I throw the shot. Far far it flies away from my heart. Heavyweight begone, I can no longer rot. Coach, we no longer can be apart. That ring of blazing is diminishing. Joyously I grab the last disc! Soon, soon, soon, I will be close to finishing! I get ready, knowing there is no risk! With the tap tap of my shoes and the whip of my arm, I sling the disc, far far far! Index finger burns, giving me my grip, And the dizziness slows in my head and my heart. My Coach welcomes with arms spread wide. My friends with golden rings soon surround me
The warmth of the dove soon fills me inside. To the shire, I walk because I am free.
I wrote that poem for my English class. I believe it portrays sin in our lives. We may not all be throwers but we all feel the weight of sin on our shoulders. But once we have the strength to throw sin away and ask for forgiveness we will be able to be free. God will welcome us with his arms open.
Let us pray, O’ Lord, give us strength to let go and let you in. Be with us always. Amen.
Monday, September 23rd - Reilly Roggendorff ‘20
This morning I am sharing with you one of my favorite bible verses from Luke's gospel. “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.” None of us want to admit it but we all judge a person without even knowing them. Whether it is their clothes, hair, make-up, the car they drive, the shoes they wear, or how others describe them. It can be very hard not to judge someone. Luke’s gospel tells us that the less we judge others the less we will not be judged in the eyes of God. God loves us so much but when we hurt one another, he wants us to feel similar, so we might be able to understand the pain we have inflicted with our wrongdoing. I am asking you to please try a little harder to not judge your fellow classmates. Get to know your fellow brother and sisters in Christ because, in the end, we are all one family in Christ.
Let us pray
Lord, thank you for loving us even when, at times, we do not deserve it. Help us to have a heart to love and to see others as you see each of us, so that we might grow closer to you. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Wednesday, September 25th - Coach Saunders
I am tired. I am also overwhelmed, stressed, and running on empty. I have to balance all of my extracurriculars, do all my homework, work on college applications and scholarships, and still find a way to spend time with my family and friends. It’s a busy schedule, and most of the time I can’t do everything I want or need to do in a day. Because of all of this commotion, my faith life has been on the backburner for quite some time.
In a perfect world, everything would stop and all we would have to think about is our faith. But in case you guys haven’t noticed, high school is not exactly the cookie-cutter image of perfection. We have tough classes, we have to deal with drama, and we have to learn how to manage our time with everything else happening in our lives. Although we hate to admit it, being completely at peace is hard to achieve, and even harder to maintain.
Matthew 11:28 says “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” However, how often are we taking God up on this opportunity? How often are we making the decision to talk to Jesus about everything going on and ask for some peace? Whenever we get stressed, are we praying or are we complaining? For me personally, I’m leaning more toward the latter of the options. So BK, I challenge you to take five minutes out of your stressful days to talk to God and ask Him for some peace. You may just find that it’s the greatest peace you’ve ever known.
Let us pray.
Dear Lord, thank you for this day and the opportunities you have placed before us. Thank you for giving us the greatest gifts, including the ability to find peace with You. I ask that you help us to be vulnerable and honest with what we need, and we thank you forever for being faithful to us. Thank you for loving us and thank you for saving us. In your precious name we pray, Amen.
Thursday, September 26th - Ian McCullough ‘20
Matthew 6 gives the narrative of how Jesus taught his disciples to pray. This is where the ‘Our Father’ originates. This literary treasure of time is the only divine message that is said around the world daily. But, what is most fascinating is not the contents of the prayer; but, rather, the context in which it is recited. During mass we are told “At the Savior's command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say” the Our Father. Christians don’t “say” as if this prayer is a common claim in the void of endless conjunctions, prepositions, prefixes, and suffixes used to form sentences. Christians “dare to say” a testament of their faith that is the “Our Father” which speaks of “hallowing” the name of an incomprehensible being. Christians“dare to say” that a “kingdom come” with mortally intangible wonders that are controlled by this being. We “dare to say” we intend that this being’s “will,” an imperceptible plan from the perspective of man, “be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” We depend on this being for “our daily bread” and our necessities. We ask it to “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who have trespassed against us.” We ask this being to “lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”All of this is in the name of the Father, the mortally intangible being, the Son, the manifestation of this being into the physical realm, and the Holy Spirit: the consubstantial essence of the other two divine persons. Having knowledge of what this prayer means, I dare you to say it as a testament of your faith. I will join you.
Monday, September 30th - Rachel Hoyos ‘21
One of the biggest struggles I have with my faith is being able to hear what God is saying to me. Last week, I was sitting in adoration, and felt angry because I couldn’t hear an answer to my prayer. However, as I was walking out adoration, I received a text from my friend that related to the exact same thing I had just been praying about.
The thing is, I was too busy focusing on my clouded definition of “God’s voice”, and I was missing all the other ways he was answering me. Although I didn’t hear some omnipotent voice telling me exactly what to do, I only had to focus and see Christ clearly in my friends.
Bishop Kelley, everyone has a different prayer life. I encourage all of you to try different things, maybe go to a daily mass, adoration, listen to worship music, or read the Bible. God will Take care of you.
“Father, we want to be still and listen to Your still small voice, whether You’re speaking directly to our spirit or speaking to us through Your holy Word. At times You speak to us through song, through nature, through other believers and through the unfolding of major and minor events in our lives. As You speak to us, we want to be careful and listen to Your voice so that we do not harden our hearts. Instead we want You to fulfill in us all Your purposes for our growth and for Your glory. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.”
Tuesday, October 1st - Audrey Wellborn ‘22
Proverbs 12:25 says- “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.”
Being anxious is common in today's world because We often think that our test next block or being able to finish our homework in time is the most important thing.We put due dates, projects, he said this or she said that situations, and activities above what we really need and sometimes we can lose ourselves in that. The lurking thought of feeling unloved always comes with the anxiety and stress of school or friend and family drama. This can feel overwhelming because you never get a second to breathe, you’re just always working to complete the next assignment. But we need to remember to take a deep breath, so that we can have a moment of peace, and we have to make it known to ourselves and everyone around us that we are loved, because being a student means dealing with the struggles of anxiety and sometimes we need to be brought back to earth from all the chaos of being overwhelmed with school and the drama in our lives. We shouldn't let the things happening in our lives make us forget that we are loved, once we know that we are loved we can finally be ourselves and have breathing room for us to spread that love to others.
Let us pray,
God, Thank you for your unfailing love. Help us to manage our anxiety so that we might experience peace and in turn, spread kindness to others.
Wednesday, October 2nd - Zach Meyer ‘20
When I was young, very young, my father would take me to daily mass almost every day. At the end of each mass, we would kneel down and say the guardian angel prayer. About 5th grade I began to ask questions about them. I soon found out that Guardian angels are heavenly spirits assigned by God to watch over each of us during our lives. The doctrine of angels is part of the Church's tradition. Their role is both to guide us to good thoughts, works and words, and to preserve us from evil. God has charged His angels with the ministry of watching and safeguarding every one of us. Finally, when we die, our angels are still our angels and do not move to another person.
Today, the Church celebrates the Memorial of the Guardian Angels.
Remember to ask your guardian angel for help, guidance, and protection. Today, if you know it, say the Guardian Angel Prayer with me.
Angel of God, my guardian dear,
to whom God's love commits me here,
ever this day be at my side,
to light and guard, to rule and guide.
Thursday, October 3rd - Josh Asombrado
Tomorrow night, I will be going to the BOK Center to see Lauren Daigle perform live in concert. I absolutely cannot contain my excitement. I have been counting the months, the weeks, the days, the hours, and the seconds to hear some of my favorite praise and worship songs live. All week, I have been blasting her album in my car, just to hype myself up for the concert even more. But something occurred to me as I was getting ready for this concert: Why don’t I have the same energy to spend time with God? It’s this question that we all seem to face whenever something exciting comes up such as upcoming concerts, football games, and Fall break. We prepare for every single detail for every occasion so that we can soak in every moment we gain from them. On the other hand, we always seem to find a way to improvise and zone out whenever we spend time with God. Prayers are reduced to recited sentences through memory, and we put no effort in them. During Mass, our attention span takes our eyes to the ceiling, instead of the altar. Distraction takes over our lives every day, and it prevents us from living the way God intended for us to live. Despite our human tendency to distraction, we must not lose sight of God’s presence in our lives. We must not forget His love and salvation. And we must not take His mercy for granted. So BK, I challenge you to truly focus on God in spite of the exciting noise that comes our way. Let us pray,
Lord God, I lift my eyes to you whose throne is heaven, so our eyes look to the Lord until He shows us His mercy.
Monday, October 7th - Mrs. Sutton
Two weekends ago, my son and I were driving to my dad’s house in Ada, and we saw a billboard on the side of a church that said: “I wish that people would get as excited about me as they do about football--God.” I think we can agree that most of us here love football; we text our friends to meet at Friday’s games, we get together on Saturdays to watch OU or OSU play, and some of us sit with our families to watch the NFL play on Sundays. But, how many of us get excited to go to Mass on Sundays? Do we text our friends inviting them to go? Do we go with our families and sit together? When you come to school on Monday, do you talk about the winning touchdown scored by your favorite team, or do you talk about the fantastic homily that you heard at church? If you think about it, going to church is similar to watching a football game. Football teams have coaches and players that follow the plays in the playbook; churches have priests who explain the Bible, which is God’s playbook, to their parishoners. A football coach gives an inspirational speech to his players to play well; a deacon at Mass tells parishoners to “Go, glorify the Lord by your life!” The key difference between football and church, however, is that there are no losers in church. As Catholics, we go to Mass to receive the Eucharist every week, and the best part is, and the biggest difference from football, is that every person at Mass is a winner--in fact, it’s like scoring a touchdown. You can’t get better than that. So, BK, this coming Sunday, I encourage you to get excited about going to Mass--get your family together, listen to your priest score with his outstanding homily, and receive the Eucharist that makes you a winner in this life.
Lord, thank you for the gift of the Eucharist that gives us life. Help us to get excited about you and remind us to thank you for our many blessings. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Tuesday, October 8th - Jerri Berna
As we near the end of the quarter, it can be a stressful time for some. Preparing for finals, getting those papers written, projects prepared, etc.,as the first quarter comes to a close. In today’s Gospel at Mass, we will hear the story of Mary and Martha. As Jesus is traveling, Martha eagerly invites Jesus into her home for a meal. While she scurries around preparing that meal, she becomes frustrated that her sister Mary is sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening to him rather than helping her. In her frustration, she asks Jesus, “Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” Jesus said to her in reply, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed- or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
This should be a really important lesson for us all as we begin to feel the end of this first quarter bearing down on us. Just like Martha, Jesus reminds her, and us, what to be “concerned” with, where to focus, and what should take a front row seat in our brains: a relationship with Him.
When we concentrate on Jesus first, we discover that we are never truly alone or without help. He will give us courage and strength for all that we face. So, as this quarter comes to an end, may we be like Martha and throw the front door wide open and invite Jesus in, and also be like Mary, listening and hanging on Jesus’ every word, so we might experience his peace.
Let us pray, Lord, Thank you for the scriptures and the many lessons we can learn from them on how to live a holy and fulfilling life. Help us today, as we face any struggle, to allow you to be our inspiration and strength, so that we might be at peace, knowing you are in control. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Wednesday, October 9th - Jerri Berna
In Matthew’s Gospel, we hear,”for where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” As a Catholic Lasallian school, we should take great comfort in these words because our entire existence as a people and as a school community, is due to the fact that we recognize the Presence of God in our midst and we seek to carry on the teaching ministry of Jesus Christ. Whether you come from one of our Diocesan Middle Schools or another school, you have to admit, we are different. And it is in this difference, that we have a unique opportunity to, whether consciously or subconsciously, bring others to Christ. Last night, our Volleyball team hosted Mt. St. Mary, one of 4 Catholic High Schools in Oklahoma. After winning a re-match of last year’s State Championship match, we sat down and shared a meal. We encouraged our team to not just sit with one another but to invite our moments before opponents, to sit with them. Before long, there were tables filled with both Comets and Rockets and there was a lot of conversation and laughter. And this brings me back to the original scripture, where two or three are gathered in my name. We were gathered, in his name, because that is the reason for our existence. So therefore, our time together was blessed. God at the center of any relationship, conversation, or encounter, will always be magnified. May we treasure that reality and give thanks for it.
Let us pray. Lord, Thank you for our school and for being in our midst. May we always recognize your presence and be your presence to all whom we experience, whether at school, our homes or in our community, and in doing so, might grow ever closer to you. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Friday, October 11th- Tim Wymore
Last week, I overheard a couple of my students talking about an NHS project. In anticipation of Veterans’ Day next month, Bishop Kelley students wrote letters of support to the selfless men and women who have served in our military.
One of my students asked his classmate that classic question: “How long does the letter have to be?” His friend replied, without skipping a beat: “How much do you respect the veterans?”
This witty repartee got me thinking. Sometimes we ask ourselves, what is the bare minimum, what is the least I have to do, to be a good Catholic? To be a good Christian? Sometimes we ask, what are the basic requirements to be a good person, as if we wanted to settle for less than our best.
And yet, a committed Bishop Kelley football player does NOT ask, what is the least I have to do to stay on the team. The committed musical actor or actress does NOT ask, what is the least I have to do to tell the story. Rather, these people love what they do, so they don’t mind sacrificing for it.
So, Bishop Kelley, as we strive for heaven, maybe the better question is: how much do I love God and my neighbors in this classroom? If we grow in love, the questions will then become: how can I grow to be a better version of myself? And how can we - while cooperating with God’s grace, and each other - become the saints that God calls us to be?
Let us pray: God, you know the awesome plans you have for each one of us. Open us up to the deep love that You have for us, that we can share this boundless love with others. We ask this through Christ, our Lord, Amen.