MORNING PRAYERS - 2020 3RD QUARTER
Monday, January 6th
Yesterday, the Church celebrated the Solemnity of the Epiphany. On this day, we celebrate that the Magi, also called the wise men, set out on their journey in search of the Messiah. They followed a star to pay homage to Jesus, who was God himself. As soon as the Magi became aware of the star, they, without hesitation, followed it. By becoming man in Mary’s womb, the Son of God did not only come for the people of Israel, represented by the shepherds, but also for the whole of humanity, represented by the Magi. They offered gold to proclaim his kinship, incense to adore his Godhead and myrrh to acknowledge his mortality. May we, like the Magi, also be wise, not only in seeking to see and know our Lord Jesus Christ, but also, by being a star to others, so that we might lead them to Him. Let us pray.
A star led the Magi to your Son. May we allow your light to illumine our hearts so in all we do, we, like the star, might guide others to you. We ask through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Mary, Queen of Peace, Pray For Us
St. John Baptist De La Salle, Pray For Us
Live Jesus In Our Hearts, Forever
Thursday, January 9th - Angie Victoria ‘21
Last Summer, after a long day of summer school, I came home to find a gift from my dad. Apparently, he had opened the dogs’ cage to find a baby bunny with them. You see, we were all shocked that it even survived the night because my dogs have the reputation of bringing in dead animals. My parents let me keep the bunny with the promise that I’ll take care of it so I fed him, played with him, and sent pictures to all my friends to show them my new pet. But, that first night I had him was different because I stayed up all night terrified he would die because it was too cold, plus I had to feed him every 2 hours, and make sure he didn’t get out or something. At one point, I had him wrapped in a blanket and held him against my chest and began to cry. It was at that moment that I realized how much God loved me. Everything God does, from raising the sun in the morning, to bringing out the moon at night, giving me numerous opportunities to succeed...He does it all for me. And you. Think about that. You are worth so much to Him and everything He does, it’s for you out of love. A love so pure like that of a pet that loves unconditionally.
Let us pray,
Creator of all things, thank you for this day. For all that we have been given, let us know how to appreciate the things we have. And let this day not go to waste. For what we give today, let it be part of a greater plan. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen
Friday, January 10th - Ian McCullough ‘20
“And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed." -Mark 6:56
I was sitting in a restaurant with my family and I look over to see an elderly man with many children and grandchildren. He had very visible love for his family, which is something that I aspire to have for my family. He pulled his grandson aside and kissed him on the cheek and hugged him relentlessly. I thought to myself “What kind of man lets his grandfather kiss him?” Bishop Kelley, I can’t remember my grandfather ever giving me a hug. Whenever I was little and I was crying my grandfather would say “What’s wrong with you boy?” Notice the question was not “What is wrong?” The question implies that there is something wrong with me and I’m being made aware of this as a toddler which made me cry even more. My relationship with my father is similar. We don’t hug. We keep it at a firm handshake. But, I never really wanted to be hugged either. I never understood why people give hugs so I wanted to know why. According to doctoral research associate at Carnegie Mellon University Dr. Michael Murphy, hugs actually have healing properties. They turn the hippocampus away from responding to a threat and reduce cardiovascular stress. Thus, there is a connection between healing and touch. Physical touch and embrace can lead to healing even if it’s on a microscopic level through a hug or a macroscopic level through touching of Jesus’ cloak. Hugs lead to healing. One of the greatest joys in life is that of finding embrace in Christ in his open arms on the cross as he physically takes in our sins for the sake of love and mercy. Thus, let us embrace each other.
Let us pray.
Help us to find embrace in your love. Help us to embrace each other in your love. And allow your love to embrace us. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Monday, January 13th - Mika Ramos ‘20
Ephesians 1:11-12 - “It is in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.”
As I was scrolling through my social media, I came across this bible verse and was immediately moved by it. This had been the most encouraging post I had seen in a long time. Despite the positive traits, social media also has very negative impacts as well. In today’s time, many of us, myself included, are so quick to tear each other apart and judge others, especially ourselves. We have all started to base our worth off of what others think of us.
My mom has said this one sentence to me since I was a little girl, “Love yourself the way God loves you”. As I have grown up and started to listen to what she truly meant by this, I have realized how important this really is. If we all loved ourselves and each other the way God loves each of us, how loved a world we could become.
So today Bishop Kelley, I challenge you to love others, but most importantly love yourself, the way Christ loves each of us.
Let us pray, Lord, thank you for this beautiful day. Thank you for your constant blessings and grace. We ask you to help us understand that following You and trusting You with our lives doesn’t mean we are going to have a “perfect” or “easy” life in our worlds terms - but it does mean that we will live glorious and purposeful lives. Help us to love others, the way you love, fully and relentlessly. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Wednesday, January 15th - Sara Crosley ‘20
“It’s not about how to achieve your dreams, it’s about how to lead your life… If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, the dreams will come to you.” - Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture. The reason that I mention The Last Lecture is because the author gets diagnosed with terminally ill cancer and wants to leave something behind for his children. The author reflects on the life-lessons he’s learned as a child and how to achieve your childhood dreams once you get older. Reading the book has made me think about what I want to achieve in my life, and what goals are really worth pursuing. Since I was a child, I wanted to a pop star singer like Hannah Montana. I also wanted to be single, have no husband, be super famous living in hotel, and have a car with a sunroof. Some point you realize that no…..i'm not hannah montana and that Billy Ray Cyrus is not my dad…. Now that I am a senior and the next couple of months, I’ll be off to college…. My dreams and goals have changed. All of my experiences... good and bad are part of my journey today...Some of my realistic goals are to major in communications or go into graphic design. Before reading The Last Lecture, I figured it was impossible to accomplish these things. But after reading the book, the possibilities are endless. Whatever your goals are stick to them, work hard, and don’t let anyone tell you different…
Let us pray
Help us trust in you for what our future may hold and give us the patience to endure all that comes our way so that you may put us on the right path and live in the moment with you. We ask this through Christ Our Lord, Amen
Thursday, January 16th - Leah Brainerd ‘20
Lately, things seem to all be going wrong in my life. Every time I think I have everything in order and perfect, things change and I’m right back in square one. I’ve been thinking that God doesn’t want me to be happy, because he would help me if he did. But after all of the mishaps, something better has come out of it. My mom said “maybe it’s a God thing”. And I believe that every door that has been closed, a window had opened. Everything that I believed to be bad, has honestly been for the better in my life. So when things seem to all be going wrong? Maybe God Is just making it right and you can’t see it yet. Push through knowing that as Romans 8:28 says “God works for the good of those who love him”.
Let us pray.
Thank you for the blessings and the opportunities for growth that you place in our lives. Help us to see your hand in our all of them and to trust your plan even if it is hard at the time. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Friday, January 17th - Joe Nickel ‘20
Grace. The grace of God is his gift to us, even though we definitely don’t deserve it. Grace not only forgives, it changes, transforms, and can rewire everyone who enters into a relationship with Jesus. 2 Corinthians 12:9 states that, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” No matter what we are going through, God’s grace is enough. God calls us all to live in his grace, and by doing this, God’s grace allows us to give grace to other people. In high school, it can be especially hard to give grace to others, especially people who may have done us wrong. But the purest form of love is forgiving those who have harmed us. Now, Grace isn't a free pass that allows us to throw off all restraint under Christ, Grace is the unmerited favor of God poured out on us by our faith in Christ, and when we receive grace, it teaches us how to live. Rather than holding a grudge against someone, forgive them. It isn’t always easy to forgive, but it is the most fulfilling thing you can do. It is not only important to give grace to others, but also give grace to ourselves. High school can be hard, and a lot of the time we spend so much time trying to be perfect and conform to the people around us. We put unneeded pressure on ourselves to seem that way, but the truth is everyone else is doing the same thing. Masks people put on in high school is no new thing, and allowing ourselves to receive grace will help lead to inner peace.
So Bishop Kelley, today I challenge you to give grace to others, as well as yourself.
Let us pray:
God, thank you for the grace you give to each one of us. Please give us your grace and your strength so that we may face all the issues that may come our way with a grateful heart. Help us to surrender my wrongdoings to your feet as I strive to pour your bountiful grace unto others. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Wednesday, January 22nd - Angie Victoria ‘21
Over the past 3 years, I've been loading myself with busy work. Challenging classes, speech and debate, volunteer work, my social life and more... it has become so much I had to quit some things and say no to plans with friends. On the bright side, I've learned to prioritize, manage my time well, and develop good habits; but lately, those habits and everything I do seems obsessive. I have to carry a little notebook with me everywhere I go and the night before I plan out everything. Literally...Every. Single. Detail. I try to keep it well balanced but the pressure of accomplishing every single bullet point and craving the satisfaction of crossing things out drives me to a breaking point. By the time I go home, I realize that not all the things I wanted to accomplish are crossed out. I am now learning that not everything will work out, and that's okay. I won't always do my best, that's okay. I will fail, sometimes miserably and that's okay. For I know, I did what I could. God asks us to give our best with the gifts He has given each one of us. In the end, finishing His TO DO list is the only one that matters.
Let us pray
Dear God, when our plans fail, let us turn to you for comfort and peace of mind. Remind us this day of your promise so that one day, we may not only rest, but rest with you. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen
Thursday, January 23rd - Reilly Roggendorff ‘20
Over Christmas break my best friend and I had the opportunity to go skiing in Colorado. On January 1st CO received 7” of fresh powder and if you have ever been skiing before then you know fresh power is the best! On that same day, I was getting off a ski lift, I stopped took off my gloves, helmet and skis and took a big deep breath in and realized how pretty the mountains and trees look all around me. Because everything was white the world seemed so calm and peaceful. For just a second the world around me was completely silent all I could hear was the sound of me breathing.
As high schoolers we have very busy lives. School work, sports, AP classes, extra circulars, and any other activities to make our lives even more stressful and more jam packed. When we get into an everyday routine we can turn into little robots. We wake up, go to school, sports, clubs, work, back home and do homework, eat dinner, and repeat and just maybe find time to sleep! This non-stop routine can crowd our lives and make us forget to take a deep breath. Research shows that exposing your lungs to fresh air, and the scents of flowers and plants, can help to relieve stress and anxiety. When was the last time you stop everything and took a deep breath and looked at the world around you.
Let us pray
Lord, help us to appreciate everything around us, especially the beautiful nature you have given to us. Remind us to breath so we will not be lost in the routine of life, for you intend to give us so much more. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Monday, January 27th - Coach Wads
Like many of you, perhaps, I am a little tired today. But, you know what, I am grateful for that tired, because it is a result of a Kairos weekend. A great weekend indeed! And I have the opportunity to lead Kairos because I have a job. But not only a job, but one in which I serve at Bishop Kelley, a place where we readily proclaim the Holy presence of God. I ran across this…
“If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of the world. If you have money in the bank, your wallet and spare change, you are among the top 8% of the world's most wealthy. If you woke up this morning with more health than wellness, you are more blessed than 1 million people who will not survive this week. If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the agony of imprisonment or torture of the horrible pangs of starvation, you are luckier than 500 million people alive and suffering. If you can read this, you are more fortunate than 3 billion people in the wo0rld who cannot read.”
So, which camp are you in? Are you tired, and will then use it as an excuse for what you will not accomplish today? Or, as we begin this Catholic Schools Week, are you grateful for the homework you have because it is a result of going to a school where you receive a high quality education? Will you complain about going to practice or will you give thanks to God for the gifts and abilities He has bestowed upon you? Will you complain about the lunch you brought or bought today or will you be grateful of the fact that you have food? Charles Swindoll states that “life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it”. With that being said, attitude is everything. Let us pray
You are so good to us! Help us to have a grateful heart and a joyful spirit, for you give us all we need! We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Wednesday, January 29th
You have already heard that it is National Catholic Schools Week. In the U.S., we have celebrated Catholic Schools Week since 1974. Did you know that nearly 1.8 million students are currently educated in over 6300 Catholic schools in the United States, and there are 4500 students in our 13 schools in the DIocese of Tulsa. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI says that, “Education is integral to the mission of the Church to proclaim the Good News. Through the years, the benefits of a Catholic education have been studied and well-documented, showing that students who attend Catholic schools receive a challenging, high-quality academic experience in a supportive environment, with an emphasis on Catholic values and college preparation. As a result, Catholic Schools Week is a good time to remember how fortunate we are to attend, and even work at a school where we “carry on the teaching ministry of Jesus Christ.” May we appreciate our opportunity and may we be thankful to all who make this a reality in our lives. Let us pray
You sent forth your Son as a beacon of hope for all people. As teacher, he has given us the prime example of the importance of education. As disciples, we look to him for inspiration and strength. We thank you for the Christian Brothers who have dedicated their lives in service to Bishop Kelley, and for the teachers and administrators who sustain our school today. Thank you for the parents who have given support and witness to the importance of Catholic education in their daily lives. Thank you for the students who work hard to further their education. Bless the many alumni and friends who advance our mission. May we continue to be a place that carries out the teaching ministry of your Son, through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Thursday, January 30th - Mika Ramos ‘20
Transfiguration - a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state. In the song, transfiguration by Hillsong Worship, it reveals to us a way of change in order to grow into a closer, more united relationship with Christ. I’d like to share a part of the song today. The song says these words:
Holy is the Lord, Revealed before my eyes
And my burning heart, Can scarcely take it in
As I behold Your beauty with unworthy eyes
The only song my soul can find to sing
Is hallelujah my king
Now I know, I have seen
Your glory that cannot be unseen
I am changed, And changing still
As I look upon You Lord and believe
Having a close relationship with God is something that has kept me together at different low points in my life. He is what holds together our brokenness. He knows our suffering, and He knows of it intimately. He is worthy of our time and our love; however, it is up to us to take that leap of faith.
So today Bishop Kelley, I encourage you to challenge your faith. Push yourself to grow your relationship with Christ because He is the key to living a full and purposeful life.
Let us pray, Lord, thank you for this beautiful day. Thank you for your constant blessings and grace. We pray that you may help us take a leap of faith in order to grow closer to you. We pray that you may help us to see our worthiness in your eyes and allow us to be transfigured by your relentless love. We ask all of this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Friday, January 31st - Collin Stansbarger ‘22
During my sophomore year so far, I have learned a couple things. One is to be patient, two is to be open, and three is to not live in fear. I want to focus on 1 this morning. Being open, especially to God. I feel like most us including myself close ourselves off from God. We question the faith and just immediately stop believing. Something goes wrong and we totally forget God or blame him for everything that goes wrong. But if we never have any conversations with God and we don’t open up and listen, we will never hear him. Instead of shutting God out, we should open up to him and allow him to help us. It can be difficult to open up because we are afraid of change. For me, many things have changed for me recently, including my social life and a change in my relationships. But this change that God has put in my life forced me to open up to him and really accept him into my life. I’ve come to know new people and I’ve gotten out of a dark hole I dug myself into. God has opened me up to so many new things and new people that make me extremely happy in life and he has allowed me let go of others. Most importantly It allowed me to forgive. Forgiveness is the most important thing in relationships and it’s the most important thing with God. So Bishop Kelley remember today to be open and actively listen because it can really help in the long run.
Let us pray
You know our needs before we do. Thank you for all of the experiences and people you place in our lives. Help us to trust that if we follow your will, you will always see to it that we have all we need. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Monday, February 3rd - Leah Brainerd ‘20
Prayer is hard. Lately I’ve found myself thinking, I can pray tomorrow. I’m too tired to do it now. Or, I have too much to do. I can’t stop to pray right now.
Who of us would ignore our best friend because we are tired, or “don’t feel like talking to them today”. None of us. So why would we ignore the one God who is there for us no matter what, no matter when.
Prayer is hard. It is an upward battle, but the God that left his 99 sheep to find the one is looking for you today. Will you respond to him and make time in the midst of your hectic life or will you fall back into excuses and the temptation of doing it later.
Let us pray, Lord
Thank you for always being present and available to us. Help us to make time for You today just like we make time for our friends. Because You would do anything for us, and we need to make time for You above all the noise of the world. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Thursday, February 6th - Sam Alaback ‘20
There once was a little boy who had a very bad temper. His father decided to hand him a bag of nails and said that every time the boy lost his temper, he had to hammer a nail into the fence. On the first day, the boy hammered 37 nails into that fence.The boy gradually began to control his temper over the next few weeks, and the number of nails he was hammering into the fence slowly decreased. He discovered it was easier to control his temper than to hammer those nails into the fence. Finally, the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father the news and the father suggested that the boy should now pull out a nail every day he kept his temper under control. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. “you have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.”
Let us pray.
Heavenly Father, we are ashamed of our anger. The jealousy, hate, and malice we harbor does not come from you. It comes from Satan and all of his empty promises. Lead us towards a path of righteousness, and not towards a path of revenge. Place your heavenly hands over our hearts and heal our wounds— be it physical, mental, or spiritual. Amen.
Monday, February 10th - Sara Crosley ‘20
Everyone is committed to something. Committed to a job, friends, or sports. We commit to finishing that book we bought last month, but still haven’t gotten through. We (hope) to commit to that new diet or that New Year’s resolution. Seniors in high school respond to college acceptances and commit to their favorite school. Some of my friends this year have committed to their favorite school, what sport they want to do, or committing their lives to God. For all of us, whether it is something short term or long term, our commitment means seeing through what we started. With relationships, it implies a certain surrender of oneself to the other, a giving myself to you. For example, our commitment to our faith. So with all of these important commitments happening all around me, I can't help but reflect on who and what I am committed to. The athletes that committed this morning have continued to pledge their commitment to doing what they love while furthering their education.
As we finish up these last few months, it is important to remember above all our commitment should be to GOD. So BK, what are you committed to?
Thank you for the free will you offer us to choose what we will commit our time, energy and talents toward. Help us to always use them for good so that in doing so, we would grow closer to you. We ask this through Christ Our Lord, Amen.
Wednesday, February 12th - Angie Victoria ‘21
Over fall break last year, I attended a leadership camp called RYLA. For the last day they passed out a sheet with the following reflection which I'm going to share with you all. And so it goes like this:
"This is the beginning of a new day. I have been given this day to use as I
will. I can waste or use it for good. What I do today is important because I
am exchanging a day of my life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will
be gone forever; having on its place whatever I have traded for it. I pledge
that it be gained not lost, good not evil, success not failure in order that I
do not regret the price I paid for this day."
May we see this day and every day as an opportunity and try to make the most of it!
Let us pray
Dear God, thank you for the many blessings you have bestowed upon us today and let us use this day as you wish so that it does not go to waste. Remind us that each day we get here on earth is a gift so that we may spend the rest of eternity with you. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Thursday, February 13th - Mrs. Jeana Sutton
My mom used to say to me, “Patience is a virtue.” If you are a child of the 80’s, like I am, you will remember the song “Patience,” by Guns and Roses, where Axl Rose sings, “All we need is just a little patience.” It seems that everyday, something is always testing my patience: a long line at a store when I’m in a hurry, a long red light, even a website that takes too long to load. Despite all of the conveniences of fast cars and fast internet, these modern conveniences have trained us to be impatient, but we miss out on so much by living too fast. Someone told me once that she was caught in traffic going home one day, but if she had hit all of the lights and arrived home earlier, she would have missed the sunset that God had displayed. I’ve been on Kairos twice, and whenever any participant asks what time it is, the leaders respond, “It’s God’s time.” Today,instead of racing home to play videogames, take the longer route home and look at everything that is around you. Instead of rushing through homework just to get it finished, take your time and really think about what you’re learning. Instead of shoveling food into your mouth at dinner with your family just so that you can leave the table, take the time to chat with them about their day. Finally, instead of saying the shortest prayer in the world just to be able to say, “Hey, I prayed today,” take the time to talk to God and tell him your fears and thank him for your blessings.
Let us pray: God, please remind us that we are here on this earth for a short time. Help us to be patient and take the time to enjoy all that you have given us. We ask this prayer through Christ our Lord.
Tuesday, February 18th
The Readings for Mass yesterday included a reading from the Book of James. I love this New Testament book because it gives advice on practical Christian living. Yesterday’s reading from Chapter 1 included:
Consider it all joy, when you encounter various trials,for you know that the testing of
your faith produces perseverance.
Often times, when we encounter difficulties in life, we pray for God to remove the source of the difficulty. Isn’t it interesting that we are quick to welcome good in our lives, but are reluctant to accept and subsequently tackle, the difficult? When in fact, both are gifts from God. We should not pray so much for the removal of the struggle, as much as for the wisdom to make a right use of it. I think we can all agree that most of the growth that we experience in life does not occur during the good times, but almost always occurs when we undergo challenges. Perhaps, rather than secluding ourselves and backing away from things that are hard, and praying for God to make them go away, we should ask God for the strength to endure and the wisdom to see what he desires for us to gain from the given situation. Perhaps then we will see trials for the gift that they are knowing that they give us a chance to grow. Instead of seeing the glass half empty, see it as half full, giving thanks that God considers us worthy to suffer for Him and that he will always accompany us in our struggles. Let us pray...
Thank you for always accompanying us through all of life. Give us the presence of mind and heart to see all circumstances as gifts from you, knowing you will give us the strength to endure and that you will always make things work for good. We ask this through CHrist our Lord, Amen.
Wednesday, February 19th - Lauren Rocco ‘20
Sometimes, prayer is hard. Do you know those days when you’re in the hall, on the phone with a friend, or in a big group and just just don’t feel like talking? Ok, this may just be an introvert thing, but I feel like everyone has moments where they just don’t have much to say. And I know everyone has these moments when talking to God. He can often seem like the person to turn to when life is upside down, or when everything is going perfectly, but what about those times in between. Those days when school can only be described as mediocre, the sky is a bit dreary and the weather is exactly room temperature. These days, there isn’t much to say about life especially with God. I mean, he actually created the universe, every star, every grain of sand, and knows every human inside and out- what am I supposed to tell him about my painfully average day? Well, the answer probably isn’t to skip your prayers or assume God doesn’t care. These days, perhaps the answer is to just be with him. You don’t need words or thoughts, but maybe just 5 minutes of silence. These are the perfect days to find God there- you’re already close. I don’t know if today is one of those days for you. Perhaps you are overwhelmed and you feel like you're drowning in your list of obligations and responsibilities, or maybe life is the best it’s ever been: you’ve hung out with friends a bit more recently, you have all As, and the teachers seem to have forgotten to assign homework for the past week. Plus, the Notebook is on Netflix now. But regardless of how you feel or what you need from God, be willing to give him something- that is what will ultimately bring you joy and peace beyond measure.
Let us pray.
God, grant that we may find ways to seek you in every day, even in just a small way so that we can show you our love and feel yours in return. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Thursday, February 20th - Joe Nickel ‘20
All throughout high school, many of us, including myself, are often quick to anger. It is what we choose to do with that anger that’s important. We can either let all of that anger bottle up inside us, or we can forgive. Forgiveness is a gift, and we all need to use it. Put what is in the past in the past. Take what you learn and use it to become a better version of yourself. Along with this, it is also important to give grace to ourselves when it comes to anger. Don’t shame yourself for whatever happened in the past. In other words, forgive others who have hurt you but at the same time we must forgive ourselves. In order to do this though, we need God. He is always there for us to lean on. For us to talk to when things aren’t going great, or there to listen to us when things aren’t panning out the way we thought they would. One of my favorite scriptures that I always dwell on is “My peace I leave you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.” As you go on today, think about this scripture and the peace that it can bring you. Because even when all is falling apart, or if it feels that way, God is your peace. He will bring you comfort that other worldly things can not offer you.
So Bishop Kelley, I challenge you today to forgive other people. As the year is quickly coming to an end, it is important to not dwell on all the things or people that have wronged you. Rather, take God’s peace and utilize it in a way that yields forgiveness. Life is too short to be worrying about what people have said or done to you before today. Focus on today and try to be in the right relationship with those around you and those in Heaven. Make someone smile because you never know what someone is really dealing with. Maybe not everyone will like you, and that’s ok. What’s important is that you make everyone around you feel loved as well as yourself. Because life is too short to look back and think that you could have loved more.
Let us pray:
Dear God, give us your grace so that we may forgive others. Allow us to let go of our anger, and render our troubles completely to you. Allow us to be still and know that you have a plan for us and your plan will always prevail no matter what comes our way, even if it seems impossible to us. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Monday, February 24th - Leah Brainerd ‘20
Faith is like climbing a mountain. Sometimes you are working so hard, and you are doing well and you are in it for the long haul. Other times, you are tired and have to rest. You may feel like you can’t make it up and that you have to quit.
But you can do it. You can stay up another 5 minutes to pray. You can wake up 20 minutes earlier to go to morning mass. You can make it up the mountain.
Just by trying, you are becoming a better version of yourself and becoming closer to Christ.
So even when you feel stuck, or like you can’t hear God, keep going. The peak is near.
Let us pray
Thank you for always being with us, in the peaks and in the valleys of life. Help us to always remember that you know our thoughts without a word. So that we can look and listen for you in the chaos of life, knowing you are in control. You hear We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Wednesday, February 26th - Abby Medico ‘20
Today is Ash Wednesday, the official mark of the Lenten season. Over the next forty days we will remember the events that led up to the greatest tragedy of all time, followed by the greatest triumph of all time, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s kind of a heavy topic, and Ash Wednesday can be a bit of a bummer sometimes. “Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return,” is not exactly what a high school teenager wants to hear at 10:45 am. But over the past few years, I’ve come to love Ash Wednesday. Last year's experience on Ash Wednesday really made this day special in my faith. I was going to visit my granny who was in the hospital recovering from her second stroke. As I was walking through the halls of St. Johns, almost every nurse, doctor, and patient had ashes on their foreheads. I continued walking, and found a Priest walking around the hospital, giving ashes to those who were unable to get to church that day. I realized something that day about Ash Wednesday. The ashes show us that we are mortal, we won’t live forever, and that’s okay. The Love of God is eternal. His love never fails, never gives up, and never dies. That Priest giving ashes to those who wanted them demonstrated the power of God’s eternal love. Love never dies, and God is love.
Let us pray.
Eternal God, this season of Lent we ask you to enter our hearts and reveal your love to us. We ask that you allow us to see you and walk with you forever, and that when we turn back to ash that our souls may feel your love forever. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen
Thursday, February 27th - Lily Stuckey ‘22
A quote written by Pope Francis states, “If there is no humility, love remains blocked.” As we go through this Lenten season we must have humility to fully be prepared to love Christ when we receive him on Easter. But what prohibits us from experiencing the joy of being humble? Well, we are prohibited by our inability to recognize the differences between pride and humility. This poses the question, isn't it good to have pride? Pride in myself, in my school, and my community? And the answer to that is yes, it's okay to be proud of all of these things! But we must remember that with that we have to practice humility. Humility and pride differ in that pride teaches us to focus on failure while humility asks us to look at our failures as an opportunity to grow. Pride asks us to be self-righteous and critical while humility asks us to be compassionate and forgiving. In the wise words of Father Fulton J Sheen, "humility is the dependence on God as pride is the independence of him. The humble soul is always thankful for God." That is exactly what humility allows us to do. It allows us to look at everything God has done for us in our lives, even our lowest of lows, and love Him even more for it. I invite you all to take the time and consider the last time you stopped and listened to your friend, thought about how grateful you are for being able to attend this school, or practiced mindfulness. These are just a few examples of having humility. With humility we think less of ourselves and think more of others. I challenge you Bishop Kelley, to be grateful for what Christ has provided for us, the highs and the lows, and love Him more for it through practicing humility.
Let us pray
Thank you for all you give us. Please help us to become more humble during this Lenten season. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Friday, February 28th - Ella Enzbrenner ‘20
Good Morning Bishop Kelley, this is senior Ella Enzbrenner, please stand for this morning's prayer. On Friday’s during Lent, we offer Stations of the Cross at the beginning of each lunch. All are welcome.
Let us remember we are in the holy presence of God, in the name of the father and the son and of the holy spirit, Amen.
Today we pray for our Boys Basketball team as they begin post season play and our Wrestlers participating in the State Wrestling Meet. We also pray for the success of Search 95 which begins this evening, and for our Baseball teams playing today. Finally, we pray for 1 Special Intention.
On Fridays during Lent, we fast according to our means. For most people, that means refraining from meat. But we want to do more than that if we want to supercharge our spiritual growth. The purpose of fasting is to release anything that has control over us. When we choose something to give up, then we should choose what is difficult to sacrifice, not what is easy. For most people, this is food, social media, or something else. Whatever we sacrifice, it should come at a cost to us. Only by practicing the release of things that control us can we free ourselves to serve God. If money controls us, we should give up money. If it is food, then we should give up food. Social media, television, the internet, whatever it is that compels us each day but isn't God, we should sacrifice it. When we feel the urge to take up our vice, let us turn those urges into prayers. Use those moments to remember the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Isn't He worth our trouble?
Let us pray,
Lord God, keep me strong as I fast and begin my Lenten sacrifice. Give me the strength to keep my fast, and to think of you when I feel the urge to break it. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen
Mary Queen of Peace
St John Baptist De La Salle
Live Jesus in out Hearts
Have a great day BK!
Monday, March 2nd - Leah Brainerd ‘20
I was reading the New Testament the other day, and a story caught my eye. Luke 14:16-24 is the story of a man who invites many people to a banquet, but when the banquet is ready, everyone makes excuses and cannot come anymore, so he then invited all the people of the streets, the poor, blind, crippled, and lame.
This is related to Lent because we are each attempt to make sacrifices in hope we will grow in our faith. Yet, how often do we make excuses or even complain about these simple sacrifices, in comparison to the one God made for us. So today, let us not make excuses or complain about our Lenten sacrifices but instead, choose God and live our Lent with joy.
Let us pray,
Guide us in our words and actions so that we might keep our Lenten promises. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Wednesday, March 4th - Coach Wads
In 2nd Corinthians, we hear “For we walk by faith, not by sight”. We are called to walk by faith, especially when there are unanswered questions in our hearts. We are to trust God, even when we do not have the explanations we feel we need.
“If we look at a problem and then look at God, we always end up throwing stones at God for the problem. If we look at God first and look at our problems through Him, through His sovereignty—that He is in control of everything, that He has permitted this in our lives for a reason, that He is a just God, that He will settle the score and will can turn the situation to that which is good and right.
Lent seems like the perfect time to focus on what we know to be true about God and to live in the exclamation point of that truth, not in the question marks of what we don’t know about our problems.
Let us pray
Faithful God, Thank you for your constant and consistent presence in our lives. Help us to always look to You first so that we might see the big picture and not just the pebbles of our unanswered questions. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Thursday, March 5th - Sara Crosley ‘20
“Everyone who asks receives; everyone who searches finds; everyone who knocks will have the door opened.” Mathew 7:8
God is merciful, and it is his desire to grant mercy to all who ask for it. This is why Jesus calls us to knock so the door will be opened to us. If we seek God, we will find him. If we ask for mercy, it will be given. If we wish for salvation, it will be granted. As a result, we should humble ourselves and ask for pardon for our sins. Let us knock, and ask for Christ to enter our hearts.
In addition, if we wish for mercy, we should show mercy to others. Today, forgive someone, even if in your mind, they do not deserve the pardon. This does not mean they shall be freed from all consequences of their actions. Let your actions reflect your forgiveness in the hope that someday you too will be forgiven.
Let us pray.
Create in us a heart of humility. As we knock on your door of mercy, please answer quickly so we might enter. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Friday, March 6th - Mr. Tim Wymore
When my second semester sophomore students and I think about fire, and how it appeared over the disciples’ heads at Pentecost, I ask them why God used fire as a sign of his love. Well, it’s bright, and it’s purifying, and powerful, for starters. God also appeared to Moses as a burning bush in the desert. I was thinking of this when I recently discovered a story from the ancient desert fathers. It goes like this:
“Abba Lot went to Abba Joseph, and said to him, Father, according to my strength I sing a few psalms, and I pray a little, and my fasting is little, and my prayers and silent mediations are few, and as far as lies in my power I cleans my thoughts, what more can I do? Then the old man stood up, and spread out his hands toward heaven, and his fingers were like to ten lamps of fire, and he said to him, ‘If you wish, let the whole of you be like to fire.’”
Bishop Kelley, we are now well into Lent, and have probably faced a temptation or two, if we are really trying. In your Lenten disciplines, do you want to sacrifice greatness for comfort, or comfort for greatness? Do you want to settle for the status quo, or do you want to be on fire with love for God and others?
Let us pray. Everliving God, your humble servant St. Catherine Siena said that if we are who you intend us to be, we will set the world on fire. Kindle in us the fire of your love, that we may renew the face of the earth. Amen.
Monday, March 9th - Coach Wads
In Psalm 79 we hear: "Remember not against us the iniquities of the past; may your compassion quickly come to us, for we are brought very low."
As human beings, we tend to be fairly judgmental of others. It is our nature, something we tend to do without even thinking about it. Our faith, however, calls us to not be human in that line of thought. Rather, because we are spiritual creatures, we are asked to strive for more.
As we seek to be less judgmental, especially during this season of Lent, how do we accomplish that? Is there a way we can change our thoughts and behaviors to be less judgmental of others? Well, we can all seek to love more and when we do, our thoughts will be focused in the right way, helping us to avoid judgment. The Gospel of Matthew reminds us that we will be judged just as we judge and the measure with which we measure will be measured out to us. May we use this Lent to open our hearts to the possibility of judging others less and loving them more so that we might be ready to receive all of the graces that God offers us.
Let us pray
Give us the peace of mind to look into our own hearts. Help us to see how we judge others and to turn our focus from that judgment to love. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Wednesday, March 11th - Coach Sarah Dicks
During Lent we often give up things like Candy or Soda or social media, but we can also do more of what Christ calls us to-like love. He says we should love Him and love one another.
One time I saw this poster that said Love Thy Neighbor really big at the top. Then, under the title it had listed 15 more times Love Thy (fill in the blank) Neighbor. People had filled in several of the blanks. The poster ended up saying Love thy Neighbor. Thy worried neighbor, thy foreclosed neighbor, thy elderly neighbor, thy uninsured neighbor, thy hungry neighbor, thy difficult neighbor. It got me thinking about our community here. What kind of neighbors do we find difficult to love.
Let’s think of it this way. Love thy Classmate. Thy annoying Classmate, thy tired Classmate, thy uninspired Classmate, thy needy Classmate, thy stressed Classmate, thy lonely Classmate, thy cocky Classmate, thy overachieving classmate, thy opinionated classmate.
We are called to love without discrimination, so today, let’s love all of our neighbors.
Let us pray, Lord you ask us to love one another without reservation or judgement. Help us to recognize you in those we are most impatient with and love them.