Monday, August 17th - Adam Roy ‘21
The first thing I want to say to you Bishop Kelley is Goodbye. Now don’t freak out, you still have to deal with me as a student at this school for a few more months, but as we begin this school year goodbye this is the best wish that I have for everyone here and at home. Of course, you're wondering what I am talking about. A few weeks ago I was talking with my older sister about slang words in the English language, and as it turns out the term “goodbye” is actually one of them. The term Goodbye originates from the phrase “God Be With Ye.” In the 16th Century the term “God be With Ye” began to be transformed into the shortened acronym goodbye which was written at the bottom of many letters, and has continued to be used in the English language to this day. This seemingly useless piece of information went right through my head at the time, but after thinking about it I thought about how much we really could use some God with us in these tough times. Sometimes it's hard to remember that God is actually here for us, and we can all use a reminder at some point or another. I personally want each of us to have the best year possible. SO I thought what better selfless way to wish someone well through their school year, then to ask God to be with them. So I will say it again Bishop Kelley: Goodbye, to each and every one of you. Amen
Let’s pray. O Lord our God, you have brought all things into being from Christ and in Christ and for Christ. May we always be aware of your holy presence around us and keep You close to us during good times and bad. May we live the worship we offer you in lives of love and praise, through Christ Our Lord, Amen.
Tuesday, August 18th - Tristan Jones ‘21
One of my most favorite quotes of all time comes from a movie known as “Talladega Nights, the Ballad of Ricky Bobby” which follows the life of a NASCAR Driver named Ricky Bobby. Ricky always says that “If you ain’t first, you're last” and I practically live my whole life to this standard. I try to be first in everything I do, it’s just who I am, but one thing that not many people think about is what I like to call the “race to heaven.” Everyone on earth has the chance to be one with the Father Almighty in heaven when our time on earth is over, but we seem to forget who He is and even forget to talk to him on a daily basis. But Jesus, when he was in excruciating pain on the cross, didn’t seem to forget us, like how many of us do, myself included. He died for us, something that he didn’t have to do, but he did because he loved us so much to give us a chance to take part in the race to be in the same kingdom as him.
Bishop Kelley I challenge you to have the mentality of being first in the race to heaven; I challenge you to be stewards of God and to help others when given the chance, because you sure don’t want to be in last place whenever your race is over.
Let us pray. Lord, we thank you for giving us the ability to live in your creation and ask that you watch over us this week as we continue our second week of school. We thank you for being present in our daily lives, even when we don’t feel like you are. We truly love you and everything you do for us. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen
Thursday, August 20th - Ross Holder ‘21
As I was preparing for this morning prayer, I was struggling picking out a topic. I asked Fr. Duy for help picking and he responded quickly with “Talk about healing.” It caused me to wonder why I didn’t think of that.
As one of the two sacraments of healing, how many times do we think of the Sacrament of Reconciliation throughout our day? As Catholics and as Christians, the Sacraments are a big part of our faith and our relationship with God. Most of the time, we think of the sacrament of the Eucharist or maybe we think of our vocational sacraments of matrimony and holy orders. We might not think of the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a way for us to be healed from our brokenness as often, but I’m here to tell you that we should.
The Catechism states that through the sacrament of reconciliation the Almighty God, in His abundant greatness, imparts to “the sinners the life of God who reconciles”. It is through confession that we experience the love of God most clearly and abundantly. Many times people wonder why we have to go to a priest to say our confession instead of just telling them to God directly. However, that is exactly what we are doing when we step into the confessional. We are talking to God and confessing our sins against him. The priest is there as the mouthpiece of Christ. God is listening and speaking through his priestly servant as a way to show us his abundant mercy here on earth. So how long has it been since your last confession BK students and teachers? Whether it has been 6 months or 6 years, I challenge you to go to confession often because in the sacrament of Confession there is the God who loves and desires to heal our brokenness. Please take advantage of the sacrament as Fr. Duy is hearing confessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-3:30 or by appointment.
Let us pray,
Come Holy Spirit, teach us how to pray.
Lord Jesus, you died for us on the Cross in order to save us from sin. Please give us all the courage to go to confession so that we can experience your abundant love, mercy, and the healing power that we need. Please forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. We ask all of this through Christ our Lord.
Friday, August 21st - Teresa Tran ‘21
I remember reading this quote about suffering that has stuck with me until today. It read: “God never allows pain without a purpose.” I think it’s pretty fitting for the situation that we are in right now. I never would have thought a year ago that I would be doing morning prayer to only half the school, but that’s just it. God can be very unpredictable at times.
Now, I can’t tell you why we are in a worldwide pandemic, but I can tell you that God would not allow for it to happen if He did not have a plan already set in place. Although suffering can be difficult in the moment, it can allow for much greater things. With pain and suffering follows a greater faith and a stronger dependence on God. Through our struggles, we can experience the full extent of God’s love that he offers us during both our highs and our lows.
Let us pray. Lord, help us to see past our own pain and suffering towards the greater purpose that you already have in mind. Help us to seek your love through our sufferings and turn to you for strength and guidance. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Monday, August 24th - Adam Roy ‘21
Some of you may know that Father Duy has started taking some students downtown to pass out food and water in a group called Comets in Action. I’ve had the privilege of going with them a couple of times over the last few weeks. I always hear about how rewarding service is and although I have enjoyed helping people I still have struggled with finding a deeper meaning through our actions. That is until last Wednesday’s trip downtown. As we were walking along and going on our normal route passing out food and water, we stopped to talk to an older man sitting on a bench. We had some prayer cards and asked if he wanted to pray with us. He accepted and a few of us stood around and all prayed with him. After the prayer he shared a few words that meant a lot. He told us that prayer was beautiful and how in this crazy world we all need to turn to Jesus and prayer. This made me wonder, because lots of the people we serve downtown always point to God and prayer. And why would they do this?
These are people with very little to nothing to their name. A lot of them are homeless, struggling, in financial crises, or lonely. But yet all of them point to God and prayer when we talk to them. It shocks me every time because I know I complain about problems in my life and get frustrated with God yet these people who have much larger problems than me have such a better perspective on life. But why am I surprised by this, isn’t Jesus the one that said, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
So Bishop Kelley I challenge you today to try and change your perspective. I challenge you to find Jesus in the least of his brothers. How much different our lives would be if we pointed to and trusted God in our times of trouble like they do. One opportunity for you to do this is to join Father Duy and other students in serving the people of Tulsa on Wednesdays. Maybe you can find a deeper connection with God through the service of God’s people
Let us pray, Almighty Father, thank you for bringing us to this day. As we go throughout the day, help us to be grateful for what we have and to be generous to those who have not. May we always fix our minds and hearts on you alone as we try to imitate you in what we say or do. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Tuesday, August 25th - Allie Major ‘21
A few days ago I was reading a daily reflection and this one piece stood out to me. it says “I am nearer than you dare believe, closer than the air you breathe. If my children could only recognize My Presence, they would never feel lonely again.”
The chaos of everyday life can make it really easy to forget God is right by your side. It’s easy to recognize his presence in the stillness like when you are praying or at Mass but in the rush of school and all those things you have to do it’s not so easy. God stays by our side so all we have to do is place our focus on him to feel his presence and even so we still forget he’s there. He waits patiently for us to seek him because he loves us so much and wants us to know his true joy and peace. When we do seek him we find beauty everywhere and the chaos seems to settle. Today BK I encourage you to seek God’s presence in every moment, searching for Him in the little things throughout your day. It’ll amaze you how often you feel Him at your side.
Let us pray, Heavenly Father help us to open our eyes so that we may see you throughout our day. Father I pray you break through the chaos and reveal yourself to us. Allow us to always remember that we are never alone for you are at our side. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Thursday, August 27th - Maddie Gomez ‘21
Time, one of the most complicated yet most simple aspects of our lives. My personal problem with time is wishing it would move faster, I always want to be out of class early, I want to graduate high school sooner, I want it to be the weekend and I'm always wishing minutes would go by quicker. With that being said, last semester all of our lives got cut short, and this semester we are facing many of the same problems. You do not realize how much something means to you until it gets taken away. We are always wishing we were somewhere else doing something else without being thankful for the beauty of what we have now. We are NOT guaranteed tomorrow, so enjoy the beauty of today while we still have it. Bishop Kelley, my challenge for you today is to spend some time appreciating all that you have, do not anticipate the future, but be present in every moment, our days are numbered, enjoy each and every moment. God only gives us so many days to spread and experience his love.
Let us Pray- Dear God, we ask that you allow us to recognize all of the small beautiful moments that you give us everyday, we pray that you can help us live in the now and appreciate all that we have. We ask all this through Christ our Lord, amen.
Friday, August 28th - Chris McMurry ‘21
As humans we often find ourselves looking to see the negative things in life and letting those outweigh the positive things that happen. We can all agree that the coronavirus has had a negative impact on each of our lives whether it be the lack of social interaction or the loss of someone you cared for, it is undeniable that this has affected each and every one of us. But just because we have been affected doesn’t mean it is all bad. And I know it can be hard to be optimistic in times like these but it's more important now than ever that we are seeing the glass half full. My favorite positive effect of the coronavirus is the way it has helped us realize how much we value each other. While these actions may still be limited it is important that we take note and enjoy the opportunities that we have. So BK, I encourage you today to enjoy and live the very present moment to the fullest.
Let us pray, Dear Lord, help us to value the small treasures we find everyday in life and enjoy eachothers company. Thank you for giving us an opportunity to find joy in everything we do and help us to be your disciple everyday.
Monday, August 31st - Mrs. Elisha Thach
Life is like a roller coaster… There are moments of exhilaration, anticipation, fear, pain, adventure...
My life has been like a roller coaster. I have experienced some amazing adventures and some painful adventures, through them all I have grown in my spiritual journey. Over the summer, I had a horrible scare, I thought I was going to lose my dad which was not the first time either. You see, what you don't know is that my dad has heart issues and suffers from extreme nerve pain. Some days you would never know by looking at him or being around him. This one particular day, my mom called me in a panic because my dadś blood pressure dropped significantly low and he became unresponsive. Living next door, it was quick to get to their house. He was taken to the ER by ambulance. On the way to the ER, I was starting to feel the panic and uncertainty of the situation. Immediately, I opened the bible app on my phone and started looking up scriptures. Then as I would read the scriptures I would pray those words for my father. God calmed my spirit through his word and blessed my family by watching over my dad. It is amazing how God works in our lives and how he will never let us down.
One of my favorite songs is by Hawk Nelson
“All of this time and I've never let you down
I carried you then, I'll carry you here and now
So don't lose heart and don't forget
My work in you ain't finished yet
Hold on to me now, I'll never let you down”
Let us pray. God, whenever trials and difficulties arise, please let us run to You. Please welcome us with open arms. And please let us find safety and rest we need in You.
Tuesday, September 1st - Sylvia Ralson ‘21
In Matthew 6:6, it says “when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your father who is in secret. And your father who sees in secret will reward you”. As highschoolers we all have very busy lives full of responsibilities, such as sports, academics, and extracurricular activities. These commitments take up all of our time and we sometimes forget to make God a priority in our lives. This is important because if we want to have a strong relationship with God we need to make God a priority. Take time out of your day to be thankful for what you have because of Him, pray to God when you are struggling with anything, or even just talk to God about what is going on in your life. Having a relationship with Him is personal, it is something that we need to seek in order to fully experience. God wants us to have a strong faithful connection with Him but this is only possible if we put God first in your life. Step back from the business of your day, and look past all your daily troubles to see what is truly the most important thing to you. So BK, I challenge you to take time out of your day and talk to God about anything that is on your mind, and begin to live your lives through Christ.
Let us pray. Almighty God, every good thing comes from you. Fill our hearts with love for you, increase our faith and help us to keep you first above all things. Despite our business, may we always fix our eyes and heart on you alone!
Thursday, September 3rd - Lily Stuckey ‘22
Scott Adams once shared, “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” I admire this quote because any act of kindness, big or small, can make a difference in someone's life. Simply by holding the door, smiling at someone, or having a conversation with someone are all acts of kindness. By doing these things you can brighten someone's day and change their outlook. Kindness is free and should be thrown around like confetti! It brings joy, changes perspectives, makes burdens feel lighter, and brings comfort to others. It’s what makes the hard days easy and the easy days better! It’s these simple acts that create the ripple effect. It ripples out and provides each person with the motivation to continue to share acts of kindness with each other. Bishop Kelley, I challenge you to practice incorporating small acts of kindness into your day so we can create a kindness ripple here in our community.
Let us pray, God please help us all to remember to be loving and kind. Help us to spread kindness throughout our community as we continue our journey. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.