Morning Prayers

Thursday, August 12: Lily Stuckey '22

Today we pray for the grace to recognize the Holy Presence of God in each other, for  those who are suffering from mental illnesses, and for one special intention. 

Dr. Seuss once wrote, “You’re off to great places. Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” At orientation every year Mr. O states, the seniors have 180 days left at Bishop Kelley, the junior class has 360 days left at BK, the sophomore class has 540 days left at Bishop Kelley, and finally the Freshman class have 720 left as a comet. No matter how much time we have left we can use this time to make a difference. At BK there are going to be so many amazing opportunities and unforgettable moments that you will cherish for the rest of your life. There will be big moments like scoring the game winning touchdown or being the lead in the musical, but we must remember that there is so much joy in the little things in life. Simply saying hello to someone in the hall or inviting someone to sit with you at lunch are the moments that might make the biggest difference. Just 3 days ago freshmen kissed their moms goodbye and were welcomed into the Bishop Kelley family. It will be an indescribable journey like no other. Sophomores and juniors you will continue in building friendships and enjoying extraordinary experiences with your fellow comets. And seniors, we will be finishing up and soaking in every last adventure together. But even after we graduate we will all share one thing in common. And that is this once a comet always a comet. No matter where life takes us we will always be a family enriched in our faith and possess the lifelong friendships we made in these hallways. We will carry the examples of Christ in our midst, unconditional kindness, selfless service, and a faith filled life that our school has instilled in each of us. Bishop Kelley, I challenge you to make a difference and enjoy every moment you have been gifted at this amazing school. 

Let us pray, 

God, thank you for giving us the opportunity to attend Bishop Kelley. Please help us to recognize you in our midst and be thankful for every moment and life experience that we are granted at Bishop Kelley. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen. 

Friday, August 13: Jacob Chapple '22

Today we pray for an increase in the virtue of charity, for those who are suffering from Covid 19, and for one special intention. 

“FEAR NOT”, this phrase is said 365 times in the bible, quite coincidentally there are 365 days in a year. Through this scripture God gives us a daily reminder of his everlasting protection and presence. Many times it is too easy to back out of things due to fear, which controls many people's lives, including my own, whether it be the fear of helping someone out, meeting someone new, or telling someone the truth. Fear is present everyday in everyone's life, but it is how you deal with it - which determines how you live. You can forget everything and run, or face everything and rise with God by your side. God wants us to know that with Him, we can face everything and that we should not be afraid, as it says in Isaiah 41:10 , “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.” Bishop Kelley, whether it be students or faculty and staff, I invite you to know that God is by your side and pray that you do not fear anymore.  Throughout the year, fear not. Don’t be afraid of the test you have to take, of reaching out for help, or attempting to meet someone new, because if you go hand in hand with God, you will not fail.

Let us pray: 

Heavenly father, give each and every one of us the confidence to trust in you in all circumstances and fear nothing that comes our way. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Monday, August 16: Madalene Baehler '22

Today we pray for the grace to fix our mind and heart on the Lord, for those who suffer from mental illness, for the softball team playing Pryor today, and for 1 special intention.  

One of my favorite quotes goes like this: “When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance.” This quote is such a beautiful reminder of what we are called to be. Each one of us is called to be a constant blessing to the people around us. We can do this by smiling at someone in the hallway, forgiving those who have hurt us, holding the door for someone, hugging a friend when they need it, writing a teacher a kind note, sending a text of encouragement to someone, inviting someone to sit with us at lunch, and so much more. When we do these things, we allow our joy to overflow into the lives of those around us. No matter how big or small your ways of blessing people are, continue to do those things because acts of kindness, love, and generosity make a big difference in the world.

So BK, today I encourage you to go out of your way to be a blessing in someone else’s life.

Let us pray: 

Dear God, Thank you for placing us here at Bishop Kelley. It is such a gift to spend each day here with each other, in your Holy Presence. Help us to recognize the ways that we can be blessings and shine your light to those around us. Thank you for the abundance of blessings you give us daily. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Tuesday, August 17: Andrew Robinson '22

Today we pray for peace, unity, and mutual respect in the Middle East, for those who are affected by the earthquake in Haiti, for a successful Back to School Night, and for one special intention.  

Every once in a while I get asked this question. “Andrew, why do you get to school so early? You can drive, why don’t you come in later?” My typical answer to them is ‘well, when I get up in the morning, I’d like to get going right away, so I leave for school early.’ It is not a great answer but an answer nonetheless. Well, at the start of this year I finally found my answer to the question. The real reason why I go to school early is not just because I want to go to morning mass, which is a great way to start the day. But because I really enjoy taking in the moment of just me driving on the road in darkness and having the sun rise around me as I get closer to my destination. Sometimes if I get to school early enough I can just sit in the lot and watch the sunrise or watch the light creep over the grass as it starts to fill the day. As I sit in silence and watch nature, God is opening my eyes to see his glory of the day. So BK I challenge you today, to take in a moment of silence: look out to God’s creation in the world and allow him to show you something that you might have missed on a normal hustle and bustle of the day. Whether it be birds chirping, the rustle of leaves in the trees, or the orange rays radiating in the sky as the sun disappears over the horizon. It is God’s grace that we are able to see those natural things happening around us. 

Let us pray. Father, we thank you for giving us each day to experience little bits of your glory. Whether it is a sunrise or a sunset, nature gives us the sounds of the world, or just a moment to take in everything that you have given us with each breath we take. You surround us with your Holy Presence in these natural creations. Help us to recognize you in those things and allow us to be good stewards of the gifts that you have bestowed upon us!

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Friday, August 20: Skyla Drummond '22

Today we pray for the grace to place our trust and confidence in the love of Jesus, for consolation and peace for those who mourn for their loved ones, and for 2 special intentions. 

Ever since my Papu, a strong believer in God, passed away in 2016, I have blamed God for a lot of things that happened in my life. I thought that he wills bad things and takes enjoyment in my bad decisions. That God MADE this happen. Of course, this is the misconception about God that I have come to realize from SEARCH 98 and from my best friend Lily Stuckey, that God respects the decisions we make.  At the beginning of time, God gave us the free will to make our own choices. If you recall in the Bible that it was Adam and Eve who chose the decision to fall into the temptations. Therefore it is us that we have the negatives in life. God is omnipresent, but he is not in control. God gave us the amazing gifts of the Bible and natural law to give us a baseline for how we should act and construct our morals. He has given us every guideline and opportunity to believe in him and see that he will always have plans for us. For example, in the Bible, God told Sarah she would be the ‘mother of nations’. But it wasn’t until she put faith and believed in God’s plan  that he granted her a child at the age of 90. So if and when you are questioning “where God is?” He is there, he is guiding and supporting you. When bad things happen, it is easy to try and find a scapegoat for your problems. It is easier to blame it on God than to try to seek the face of God in the midst of our crises. So BK, when you blame this and that on God, try to remember he respects our free will. He is always there and he has a plan for each of us. give him the chance to show you. 

Let us Pray, Lord, Please open up our minds to help us understand you. Please reveal things to us as we live, and help us to learn and understand you, so that we can do what you say and obey you with all of our hearts. Let your Holy Spirit guide us into understanding and reveal things to us from your word. 

Monday, August 23: Mrs. Jeana Sutton

Today we pray for the grace to live in His present moment, for those who have been affected by Covid 19, for the BK Golf Tournament, and for 2 special intentions. 

A few years ago, Blake Shelton had a song entitled, “Who Are You When I’m Not Lookin’.”  I know my English Dept. colleagues are cringing at the word, “lookin,” but, let’s put that aside and instead change the word,  “I’m” to “No one.”  “Who are you when no one’s looking?”  If you went to the cafeteria for lunch today and found  a $10 bill in the breezeway or cafeteria, do you pick it up and turn it into the office or to the cafeteria because it belongs to someone else?  Do you do all of your homework yourself even when you’re out of time and it’s really difficult to do?  When you’re at a football game and the referee makes a bad call, do you support your team anyway and cheer them on?  During orientation, Mr. Pratt talked about “integrity.”  In Latin, “integrity” comes from “integratas'' which means “goodness,” which is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.  “Integrity” is a lot of things, but, basically, it’s just doing the right thing.  All of us are flawed, including me, but how many of us overcome those flaws and do the right thing?  I know it’s hard--your choice may not be the most popular, you may get a failing grade, or, you may have a lot of people get mad at you.  But, in the end, whose opinion matters the most? If you were in front of God today, would you be able to be honest and say you did your best and you lived your life with integrity?  

Let us pray. Lord, I ask you to be with all of us today as we make decisions.  Help us to have the integrity to make the right choices that will put us on the path that will lead us to Heaven and to you, through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Tuesday, August 24: Jacob Chapple '22

Today we pray for the grace to be a faithful witness of living out the faith, for those who are affected by the earthquake in Haiti, for Freshman football and the volleyball teams playing later today and for 3 special intentions. 

Over the years, I’ve realized that moms are some of the most selfless people that you’ll ever meet. Everyday I witness my mom placing someone else’s needs before her own and putting the family first in every situation. In the Catholic Tradition, we believe that Blessed Virgin Mary perfectly exemplifies this trait, putting the world and God’s will first before her own and saying yes to becoming the mother of Christ. This selfless act allowed for God’s plan to unfold. Similarly, mothers all around us make sacrifices  for us so that we can live better lives. Everyday we have many opportunities to put others before ourselves, whether it be helping a classmate when you can be sitting on your phone, sitting with someone who’s alone at lunch when you could be sitting with your friends, or even praying for others before yourself. Bishop Kelley, be selfless day in and day out as Blessed Virgin Mary was and ask for her intercession in helping you do this. 

Let us pray: God, through the intercession of the Blessed Mary, allow us to act as you do, by putting others before ourselves and doing as Jesus and all the Saints before us did.

We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Thursday, August 26: Maddy Knapp '22

Today we pray for the grace to live our lives with intentionality, for peace and mutual respect in the Middle East, for the Softball, volleyball, and cross country teams competing later today, and for 3 special intentions. 

Have you ever been in a road rage or witnessed one? Some of us have done both, maybe a few have one or the other. I am not very proud of this, but when I first got my license I often found myself getting the classic road rage and yelling at other drivers along the road. At the moment when I was yelling at them, I felt somewhat satisfied, but that satisfaction went away very quickly. Yelling and throwing hand gestures at other drivers always feels relieving in the moment but later leaves you feeling bad or disappointed about the situation. I once heard a piece of advice that has stuck with me when I’m driving: Jesus is always in charge, and HE is riding along every place we go. Those moments when I thought no one was watching, God was watching. Jesus is our forever passenger. He’s right next to us and with us no matter where we go. He is taking us on all of our journeys in life. Even when we are alone and no one is watching us, it’s important to be intentional in all that we do. Because even though we do not see anyone there, Jesus is always there; so, Kelley remember today when you are walking to class or driving home from school that Jesus is right there next to you and is seeking out for you to be intentional to yourself and others.

Let us pray: God, please guide me throughout my day to look for You in everything I do and to spread your love and kindness throughout all of my actions. 

We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Friday, August 27: Jerri "Wads" Berna
Today we pray for the grace to be convicted of God's generous love for each one of us, for those who suffer from the loss of their loved ones, for the softball, football, and volleyball teams playing later today, and for 3 special intentions. 

Today, the church celebrates the feast day of St. Monica. St.  Monica lived in the 4th century and was the mother of St. Augustine, who was a wild and wayward young man, who lived a less than virtuous life. St. Monica hoped and prayed for more than 17 years for Augustine’s conversion. He did, through her fervent and faithful prayer,  eventually find his way to God and became one of the most influential theologians in the history of the Catholic Church. I have always been intrigued by St. Monica’s persistence in prayer. Can you imagine praying daily, for more than 17 years, for a single intention? That's longer than many of you have been alive. And let's face it… we get pretty impatient when our prayers aren't answered in a matter of days or weeks, much less years. But St. Monica's persistence in prayer and her trust that God would indeed answer them, can give us great hope. God will always answer our prayers.  Perhaps not in our timing though, but in his own. Perhaps not exactly in the way we would desire, but in the way he desires and knows is best for us. May we look to St. Monica today and always, as an example of how our persistence in prayer, and our patience in waiting for answers, will always produce results. 

Let us pray: Faithful God, Thank you for the example of St. Monica who prayed with fortitude, patience and trust in you. Grant us those same gifts in our prayer life and the grace to accept your will in all things. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Monday, August 30: Ms. Baab and Sully Barbour 

Let us remember that we are in the Holy Presence of God! 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Today we pray for grace to live in His Holy Presence, for those who are hospitalized, for the softball team playing later today, and for 4 special intentions! 

BOTH - We are best friends. Our prayer is called changes and love. As you grow up you change.

Sully - I have changed by getting better at making new friends and trying new things.

Ms. Baab - I have changed by being more assertive and confident.

Many students are experiencing a time of great change. It’s important that we continue to allow ourselves to change and grow with God’s guidance so that we may love one another and live out the Gospel message well. 

Sully - God wants us to love each other and keep love in your hearts. Always remember that God is there for you all. To protect all of us from harm. 

Ms. Baab - Let us pray, Lord, help us to change in ways that help us to love more like you this year. Teach us to recognize the steps that you lay before us so that we may change in the ways you desire. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen! 

Tuesday, August 31: Allison Brewer '22 

Today we pray for the grace to be able to recognize God in others, for those who are affected by Hurricane Ida, for the Volleyball teams playing Edmond Santa Fe later this afternoon, and for 4 special intentions. 

Everyone here is familiar with Link Crew. Most of you were freshmen that were put into random groups and had to endure preppy upperclassmen leaders. As one of those preppy upperclassmen leaders, I can confidently say that our role was not only to annoy you with our loudness at 8 in the morning but also to help you with a smooth transition into high school. Sometimes leaders send repetitive texts about announcements that freshmen already knew from the bulletin. A lot of the time though, freshmen ignore and don’t respond to the neverending reminders, and it’s like talking to eight little walls. However, even though they ignore us, little links know that if they ever need help with anything, they can comfortably come talk or ask us, and we’ll be there.

With that in mind, I feel that this situation can be compared to our relationship with God.

Sometimes we ignore God’s presence in our lives. We think that we can work independently because in our eyes we do most of our daily lives without His interference. We can’t physically see or hear him, so maybe that’s why he’s not on our mind 24/7. However, taking on all of the school stresses, friend drama, family problems, and so forth, can make us feel like we are dealing with these situations by ourselves. But we should know that God is loving and always there for us. And whenever we need him, he will be listening and welcoming with open arms.

So, I challenge you BK to remember that you’re aren’t alone during the hard times and keep reminding yourself that He is always there with you. 

Let us pray. God, we thank you for always being open to us, and we ask for you to help us to always remember your presence in our daily lives. May we put into practice what we learned and place our confidence and trust on You always. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen! 

Thursday, September 2: Mrs. Erin Steichen

Today we pray for the grace to grow in understanding of who we are in the eye of God, for the volleyball teams and freshmen football team playing later today, for those who are being persecuted because of their faith, and for 4 special intentions.

Since it’s my birthday today, and I’m doing the prayer, I thought I would investigate and see what the Bible says about birthdays.   Well, it appears that The Bible does make mention of  birthday celebrations … twice, once in the Old Testament and once in the New Testament.  Frankly, neither of these celebrations ended well.  In the Genesis story Joseph interprets a bad dream from the Pharaoh's baker..  As the Pharaoh was throwing himself a birthday bash, his baker was mysteriously found dead and Joseph was sent back to prison. Hmmm . 

And this one you will remember!  It’s mentioned in both Mathew and Mark's Gospels. We hear of Herod holding a big feast on his birthday.  The party got a little crazy, a dancer dazzles Herod, he then  promises her anything she wants.  Unfortunately, that’s the head of John the Baptist. 

Wow, That makes me want to rethink birthday parties.  What is the Bible telling us?  What is the problem with birthdays?  Apparently, it’s not the birthdays that are the problem, it’s the celebrating “me” without remembering God that is an issue. We run into trouble when we forget to acknowledge God as the creator of all things … including creating me … allowing me to be born on this very day 39 ish years ago.  God made us to do His will, and to spread the Gospel message of love and salvation. That’s when we GET what our birthday celebration is really about!

Let us pray. May this birthday prayer remind us all that we are purposely born into this world to do your will.  With each passing year, may we grow wiser in the understanding that our worldly wishes and selfish desires ultimately bring us calamity, while desiring God’s plan for us will actually enrich our life.  Lord, meet us where we are and grow us in your love.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Friday, September 3: Madelene Baehler '22
Today we pray for the grace to grow in wisdom and understanding, for those who participate in the Eucharistic Adoration, for Cross Country and football teams, and for those who are traveling this weekend, and for 4 special intentions. 
The other day as I was driving home from school, I noticed many cars speeding by me. I checked my speed, only to discover that I was going the speed limit. I was doing what I was supposed to, but the people surrounding me made me feel like I was doing something wrong because I was not keeping up with them. I realized that many of us often experience this in life. Sometimes the people around us make decisions that we know are not good ones, but we feel like we are the odd ones out because we are not doing the same things. I want to encourage you to lean on God during these times, to trust in the things that God tells you, and to find confidence in who you are. I continued driving the speed limit, and later on, I was thankful that I did not change what I was doing because it could have resulted in a ticket or even worse, a wreck. When we lean on God and what he says, while finding confidence in who we are and what we do, eventually we will feel at peace with making a good choice, even when the people around us choose not to. Standing up to the wrong things can be very difficult, but I promise you that it is always worth it.

BK, Today I encourage you to be confident in making good decisions!

Let us pray, Dear God, Thank you for the opportunity to make decisions. We ask for your guidance, so that we can always make the good decisions and stand up to the not so great ones. We pray that you will help us lead our friends closer to you.

Tuesday, September 7: Rachel Nightingale '22

Today we pray for the grace to grow in virtues, for a greater respect of the dignity of the human person, for the volleyball and softball teams playing later today, and for 3 special intentions. 

How many of us have had toxic thoughts? I know I have. Whether it’s about my appearance, my personality, my intelligence level, even my faith, I tend to have toxic thoughts quite often and think negatively about myself and what I am doing. I’m sure I am not the only one with toxic thoughts when it comes to school, relationships, sports, etc. The problem with these thoughts is that they can overtake our lives and we can lose sight of the ultimate purpose which is to be more Christlike. Actually, these toxic thoughts aren’t even true. They are lies we have been telling ourselves. We need to replace these lies with truth. Truth about our God who loves us. I am now going to share a biblical verse that I like to remember when I find myself thinking negatively. 

“Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." Philippians 4:8

Dear God, I lift up each and everyone at school in prayer this morning. I pray that you will be with us and remind us that each one of us has been created in your image and likeness. As we go about our week and when we stumble upon toxic thoughts, please remind us that we are enough and are perfect in your eyes because of your love for us and fill our lives with pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, praise filled blessings. May we keep our eyes fixed on you alone. We ask all of this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Thursday, September 9: Madison Duckworth '23

Today we pray for the grace to deepen our relationship with the Lord, for those who participate in the Sacrament of Confession, for volleyball and softball teams playing later today, and for 5 special intentions. 

Someone once told me that confidence is key. I believe that true confidence is pretty hard to come by these days. Not just confidence, true confidence. Personally, I have been trying so hard to pursue true confidence and through a lot of prayer, I have realized that the only way I can truly be confident is through God. When we choose to put our confidence in other places such as people, money, or our achievements, we can never be truly confident because those things are unreliable. When we fail in these activities or we feel as if we can’t live up to people’s expectations, our confidence can feel hurt or damaged. But, God is always loving and forgiving. God is a safe place for everyone. In scripture Joshua 1:9, it says ““Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” We must trust in the Lord as our true source of strength and confidence. As scripture said, He will be with you wherever you go. So BK, I encourage you to try and gain true confidence today through your relationship with the Lord. 

Let us pray, Dear Lord, please allow me to truly place my confidence in you. Thank you for giving me each day as a new opportunity to grow my confidence in you. Thank you for putting people in my life to help me grow and be influenced for the better. We ask this through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

Friday, September 10: Maddy Knapp '22

We pray for the grace to see God’s presence in each other, for those who are suffering from mental and physical stress, for the safety of those who are traveling to OKC this evening, for the Volleyball, Cross country, football, and cheer teams playing later, and 4 special intentions. 

The question where do you feel God’s presence the most was asked to me this week. At the time I went along with what everyone was saying like being in church or at school retreats and did not really think about personally where I felt God. The question stuck in my mind though and I have been contemplating it throughout this week and I finally found my answer. I feel God’s presence the most when I am in nature and spending time with my friends. I have always felt that I see God’s presence so actively through my life in other people. Having deep theological talks with my friends or studying a passage of the Bible with others and talking about what each of our interpretations of it helps me to understand the Lord better. Hearing how God has moved throughout my friends life and has shaped them into the people I know today help me to see Him working in not only my life, but everyone’s.  Along with my friends is seeing the Lord in nature. Being outside and looking at the tall trees, beautiful flowers, and the soft noises of the wind illustrate God’s presence in my life. Knowing that He made all of our beautiful world for us, grows my love for Him even more. There’s a worship song called So Will I by Hillsong, that specifically talks about the wonders of nature and How they were created to worship Him. The line “If the Stars were made to Worship So Will I,” is said repetitively throughout the song and it calls attention to stars. How they shine so brightly in the night and are always there when we look up. Just like the Lord. He is always there and He shines so brightly for us, we just have to look for Him. I challenge you to go look at the sky before you go to bed and see the stars shining. Just like the Lord is for you. 

Let us Pray: Lord help us to find your presence in everything we do and to look for you throughout our day. Open our eyes to your wonders and to be in awe of everything you have created for us. May we worship you everyday and take time to be with just You. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen. 

Monday, September 13: Jacob Chapple '22

Today we pray for an increase in virtue of faith, for those who suffer from mental illnesses, for the Softball and JV football teams playing later today, and for 4 special intentions. 

The truth hurts. Personally I have always struggled with telling the truth and being honest to others, because it's easy to lie to sound cool, to get away with something, or to make life easier. Lying to others has caused me lots of trouble and lying to ourselves hurts our everyday lives. God is a person who never lies. When God promises something, he delivers it. God is someone we can always depend on to tell us the truth and to be honest with us. God is the perfect example for many characteristics, and honestly is one of them. God told us that he would send us his only son, and he did; he told Noah that he’d bring a flood, and he did. God tells the truth and this has helped humanity countless times. Indeed, telling the truth makes life easier and is something God invites you and me to do everyday. BK, many times throughout the day, it might be easier to lie and be dishonest, but steer away from this temptation and tell the truth, for it will make life so much easier.

Let us pray, God our father, as you have been honest with humanity time and time again, may we be honest with you, others, and ourselves in order to build the Kingdom of God on Earth and grow closer to you. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Thursday, September 16: Andrew Robinson '22

Today we pray for the grace to avail ourselves of the mercy of God, for those who are being persecuted because of their faith, for softball and volleyball teams playing later today, and for 4 special intentions. 

We have all made mistakes before in our lives. Whether when we were little and upset our parents for setting the blender off without the lid on. Or more recently we made mistakes with friends or school and it is no longer our parents who are upset, but ourselves and our peers who now look down upon us with these mistakes. I myself have made some mistakes since the start of this school year, some better than others. But I see there are three main ways of handling these mistakes or in other words, fixing bridges. Number one, which I believe to be the most common, is Let them be. If you forget about it or take your time getting to it, it may workout. Number two would probably be the way I handle things, which is not the right way by any means. That is the pyrotechnic way which is cutting yourself off and running everything around that mistake. An example would be homework when you are trying to do late in the evening and you already had a busy day and have not done anything besides school work since you got home, so you just quit halfway through. Guilty! The final but best way to handle mistakes is to go and fix it immediately once you have heard or thought about it. Because you can always mend a bridge quicker and easier when it is still intact, then it is just a pile of rubble on the ground. So I Challenge you BK to not sit around and wait, or the pyrotechnics, but if the fixer finds something in your heart or a problem in class that you don’t understand, go and fix it; it will have greater strength then if you just let it fall.

Let us pray, Father, we thank you for each day you give us on this earth because we know we will not get this time back. So we ask today for you to give us the strength and understanding to fix our burdens in our hearts and in our life so we can turn and focus our lives on you.

We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Friday, September 17: Halle Harman '22

Today we pray for the grace to deepen our understanding of our purpose in life, for those who mourn for the loss of their loved ones, for those who participate in the reunion activities this weekend, for the softball, cross country, and volleyball teams playing later today, and for 4 special intentions. 

Bishop Kelley, we find in Proverbs 3:5 that “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” Now take a second and reflect on what this verse means to you. 1 Mississippi 2 Mississippi

I come to you today with a truth that might change your perspective on why things are the way they are. I have always sought to find the truth. I am persistent about digging down deeper to understand the meaning of things. For me recently, it has been the question of “why God?”.

A common saying is “You are exactly where you need to be”. I have never fully understood the meaning behind this. For some, you are probably saying if this is exactly where I need to be, why am I suffering so much? Why am I having to struggle with the daily pain and anxiety? Why am I placed in this situation? God, why?

Students, I question this when it comes to God’s plan for my life. I am constantly questioning why God does not come in and fix my situations. If he sees my suffering, why is he continuing to let me suffer? Does God just enjoy seeing me in pain? I see myself blaming God for the dissatisfaction and find myself doubting who God is. 

If you are struggling to believe in what God is doing in your life, bring that to him and ask Him to help you to understand it. Be honest with him about your doubt and uncertainty. But, keep your eyes and ears open to what he is trying to reveal to you. God does care, more than you could possibly know. You are where you are for a reason. Trust in God’s plan for your life.

Let us pray, Heavenly Father, let us come to you with what is placed on our hearts today. Help us find faith in our life that is unfolding right in front of us. Let us trust in your reasoning knowing that you always have the greater plan.

Monday, September 20: Allison Brewer '22

Today we pray for grace to choose to do the good even when it is difficult, for those who are struggling with addictions, for softball and JV football teams playing later today, and for 4 special intentions. 

Mondays may arguably be the most disliked day of the week. We complain about having to wake up early and having to start another week all over again. We whine about the workload and rant about all of the negatives that have already happened. We focus on the bad parts and toss the good aside. Complaining seems to be like our automatic response to something we don’t like. But how often do we appreciate the things that we do like. 

The question is, how many of us woke up and thanked God for another great day? Not too long ago, one of my teachers said, “what if we woke up the next morning with everything we said we were thankful for the previous day?” How much would you have? How often do you thank your friends for listening? For whoever is your guardian for providing for you? For God intentionally making you part of his plan? I thought about it, and I realized I don’t show enough gratitude. I would wake up with no roof over my head, no food on the table, no education for a bright future, and most likely more. I say thanks for these things, but only at thanksgiving or when someone asks me. But I need to start being more thankful, not as an obligation but because I want to. Reflecting on this, we need to show gratitude more often for what we have and not complain about what we don’t or about trivial things that don’t really matter in the long run. We need to remind ourselves that we are fortunate to have so many blessings, big and small. Let’s channel our stresses and frustrations into a positive and grateful attitude today.

So I challenge you today BK to show your gratitude and to let a positive mindset prevail.

Let us pray, Thank you Lord for the opportunity to come to school today. We are grateful for all the blessings that you have given us. We ask that you help us see the good in the midst of all the negativity and grant us the ability to recognize you in every situation that we encounter. We ask all of this through Christ our Lord, Amen. 

Tuesday, September 21: Leah Ames '22

Today is the feast day of Saint Matthew. We pray for the grace to be receptive to God's mercy and to be merciful to those around us, for those who suffer from mental illnesses, for the volleyball and softball teams playing later today, and for 5 special intentions. 

Today is our last day of summer. Tomorrow fall will officially begin, and with it the leaves will change color, the grass will go dry, the weather will get cooler, and the days will be shorter. As I think about the changes that are occurring in the weather, it reminds me of the changes that I am facing right now. My time at Bishop Kelley is coming to an end, I have to choose what school I want to attend for at least the next four years, and I need to decide what I want to do for the rest of my life. All these changes are daunting and inevitable, and they have caused me a lot of stress recently. I know that I am not the only one experiencing anxiety from changes like these either. When I was deciding on a topic for this morning’s prayer, I asked my Senior friends what I should talk about; and the majority of them responded with varying ideas of stress and college decisions. I have found myself so focused on this change that I have completely forgotten about an important constant presence in my life, God. God will always be there for me no matter what, especially in my times of need. Remembering this helps soothe my anxiety. Too often I forget that He is right there beside me, especially when I need Him most. With this in mind, I would like to pray with me: 

Dear God, please be with this Bishop Kelley community throughout all their times of stress, especially Seniors as they start their next steps in their life’s. Help us to remember that you are always there to lean on if we need you. Thank you for supporting us in all of our struggles both small and large. We ask this through Christ, Our Lord, Amen. 

Thursday, September 23: Ashlyn Thomas '22

Today we pray for the grace to appreciate the gift of life that has been entrusted to us, for the success of the 40 Days for Life in our diocese, and for 5 special intentions.

Bishop Kelley, when we walk these hallways, we only see what others want us to see. We see each other's smiles and brave faces that are covering up our own suffering. As high school students, we don’t want others to see how we may be struggling mentally; it can be embarrassing because everyone else seems to be so “normal” and happy. We compare ourselves to our other classmates; whether it’s their looks, their clothes, their popularity, or even their life in general, it’s all natural. Sometimes one may even feel like they don't fit in. Unfortunately, we don’t see these thoughts and sufferings of our classmates because we hide under our pain. We all hide our hurting and woundedness so well, making it easy to fool others into thinking we’re doing okay. 

In honor of September being Suicide Prevention month, I wanted to bring attention to the reality of how well teenagers can hide their emotions. I recently stumbled upon a foundation who’s meaning stands behind the importance of mental health, The Brit Rose Foundation. Brittney Rose was said to be a young, beautiful, happy, social butterfly, full of life. In the Spring of 2012, she was planning on graduating and attending Ole Miss that next fall, and just like any of her other classmates she was excited for her future. On April 5th, 2012 Brittney’s family and friends experienced the passing of Brittney, their daughter, granddaughter, sister, and friend as a result of online bullying. Tori Serpa, Brittney’s mother, expressed “It’s hard to understand how someone who appeared to have it all could be hurting so badly on the inside.” in her purpose behind The Brit Rose Foundation. I use Brittney Rose as a prime example of the saying “Never judge a book by it’s cover.” because we never truly know what others may be going through.

Today BK, I encourage you to be mindful of and attentive to those around us. I encourage you to be a friend and spread your love to those who need it most, especially those who seem to be happiest. Check in on your friends. You have no idea what someone could be dealing with. Try to find a way to make someone’s day, a small act of kindness can make a bigger impact than you think. 

Let us pray: Dear Lord, I pray that you wrap your arms around those whose suffering is invisible and you guide those precious people to understand their purpose. I pray you open our eyes to the unseen and allow us to be a light in a room of darkness. And I thank you for our strong students who overcome any obstacles. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Friday, September 24: Halle Harman '22
Today we pray for the grace to persevere through our studies, we pray for those who are hospitalized, for the softball, football, and cheer teams completing later today, for a safe landing for Fr. Duy, and for 5 special intentions. 

Another week almost done my friends! How we feelin?? Relieved? Excited? Man, this weather has been a breath of fresh air. All the glory to God for the beautiful weather. 

I wanted to share with you guys something that made my week extra beautiful. This week, Father Duy, Ms. Dicks, fellow classmates, and I were able to go downtown to Quench Their Thirst. For those of you who are not aware, Quench Their Thirst is a part of BK campus ministry where students go downtown to support the homeless with food and drinks. When I tell you that this was the best part of my week, it truly was. Seeing the humbleness and vulnerability in each of these human beings is a blessing. In particular, a special individual we all met was King P. This man was all smiles when we encountered him. Just so you can get an idea of King P in your head, he started going freestyle rapping and getting his groove on. We were standing around hyping our man up and thanking him for sharing his talents the Lord has gifted to him with. 

The reason I share the story of King P with you is because of the impact his energy had on my soul. Despite his circumstances, King P was singing his heart away for the glory of God. Instead of fixing his mindset on the negatives of his situation, he focused on what was in front of him and thanking God for what he has done. It is always inspiring to see someone have such a great outlook on their situation despite all the factors surrounding them. My friends, I hope King P’s perspective on his circumstances influences the way you view yours. 

My challenge for you today is to  find something you can praise Jesus through. Whether that be singing, journaling, or silence, find what works for you. If you feel drawn, come join us next Wednesday afternoon for Quench their Thirst! Experience being the hands and feet of Jesus because I promise you, your spirit will be moved! 

Let us pray, Lord, we come to you today with all we have placed in our hearts. We thank you for the wonders you have provided for us and the growth we are able to find through you. Help us all to be able to find some joy in our circumstance even when it feels like there is nothing. Remind us of your presence and your everlasting love as we finish out this quarter. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Tuesday, September 28: Cole Davis '22

Today we pray for the grace to live in the present moment, for those who are suffering from depression, for volleyball and softball teams playing later today, and for 5 special intentions. 

As we have been in the fall season for 6 days now - it’s getting a little bit colder, it’s getting darker sooner - we start to realize that finals are coming up, and we become stressed out. Sometimes I just have to sit, think and breathe and ask myself why is this year going so fast? I have found myself at BK being a senior but I’ve really only had 2 complete, full school years. Whenever I think about the missed experiences, I couldn’t stop but keep hanging on the fact that I did not have the full four year experience of high school.  Instead of thinking of the missed experiences that I would have had, I try to focus on the present moment that I have right now.  High school will fly by so fast if we are not being intentional about how we spend our time while we are here at BK. So, soak in whatever is offered to you and really enjoy the moment because I want you to experience what I have experienced!  

Let us pray: God thank you for this great opportunity to go to BK and help us be mindful and responsible for our classes and grades. Please help us love the rest of our time as a family under you. I lift those who are going under stress and depression to you and ask that you grant them the assistance that they need. We ask this through Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior, Amen.

Thursday, September 30: Maddy Knapp '22

Today we pray for the grace to have a personal relationship with God, for those who participate in Kairos Retreat this weekend, for Volleyball and Softball teams playing later today, for the 5 special special intentions. 

As high school students, our minds are usually focused on the homework we forgot to do last night and when we will see our friends again. Entering high school we start embracing independence and making our own connections outside of what our parents have set for us. Looking back on my freshman and sophomore year, I neglected time with my mom and dad and focused solely on making new friends and hanging out with them and scrambling to do my homework at night. Our parents though are at the end of the day, the people who will be there for us regardless of the acts we’ve committed and be the most proud of you through all your achievements. There is a story that a woman named Donna Currie wrote about the regret she has for not building the relationships with her parents she had when she was younger. She went into high school just like all of us and neglected time with her parents and took advantage of the thought that they will always be there. When she was seventeen, a senior in high school, her parents' lives were instantly taken in a car accident, where they were hit by a drunk driver. Her parents' lives were taken away in the split of a second and along with that were the moments and memories she could have made with them. She speaks about the regret she has for missing those family dinners with them and instead going out with her friends again to the movies or getting into arguments with them over now dumb topics. So Kelley, think about your mom and make sure to give her a hug and tell her you love her and help your dad out around the house today and tell him you appreciate him because these little moments with our parents can be taken away in the blink of an eye. 

Let us Pray, Dear God thank you so dearly for the parents you have given us and placing them in our lives. Help us remember to spend time with them and show our love for all the sacrifices they make for us throughout our days. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen. 

Friday, October 1: Allison Brewer '22 

Today is the feast day of St. Therese of Lisieux. We pray for the grace to grow in wisdom and understanding, for those who participate in the Eucharistic Adoration, for the softball, cross country and football teams, and for 5 special intentions. 

You know the phrase, “say something nice or don’t say anything at all?” You might have been told this as a kid if you were arguing with your sibling or fighting with someone on the playground. It basically means why would you rather say something that would upset someone than something nice to make their day or give them a confidence boost. Sometimes we don’t even say the bad thing to a person's face, but we instead spread the negative comment to others who continue to spread it. This is worse because it’s like a wildfire. We love to spread drama in high school. Even the teachers like to hear a little high school drama every now and then. But if this drama includes putting someone down or ruining someone’s reputation for entertainment, it’s not worth it. Not only are you hurting that person, but you’re hurting yourself. You’re becoming judgemental, mean, and negative. And by hurting others, you hurt your relationship with God. We are on this earth to be stewards, not destroyers, of His creation. Instead of automatically spreading everything we are told, don’t worry about it. Stop this chain of gossip. It’s not ours to tell. Mind your own problems and focus on the things that are happening to you. If you must say something to someone, at least make it a compliment. Compliments go a long way and are the better choice in the long run. But if you can’t even think of a compliment, just smile and move on. So, I challenge you BK to not participate in spreading mean comments but instead in giving compliments.

Let us pray, Dear Heavenly Father, we come to you this morning and offer everything we have to you. We invite you into areas in which we need you the most. Please help us to see and recognize you in the little things that we do and be intentional in sharing your loves to those around us! We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Wednesday, October 6: Jacob Chapple '22

Today we pray for the grace to live in the present moment, for consolation for those who mourn for their deceased loved ones, and for the 5 special intentions

The other day, my sister and I were talking about my grandma who passed away earlier this year and my sister told me about how the night before she passed away. My sister came home late from clinicals and my grandma was asleep, so she thought to herself, “it’s late, she’s asleep and she is weak and won’t go to sleep again for a while if I wake her up. I’ll just talk to her next time.” There was no next time! Plenty of times in my life it’s easy to think about what’s next and I forget to cherish the moment. I get caught up in what I’m going to do, I forget about what I’m doing at the moment. Not thinking about what I’m currently doing and thinking about the future has caused me to do things I regret, same thing goes for many other people. As humans, we don’t fully focus on what is going on around us and our minds are in the future so we make bad decisions. This is why we seek forgiveness and why we forgive others, for not thinking about their actions. I find it hard to forgive while at the same time desire forgiveness, but cherishing the moment allows you to forgive and see past the wrongs that others have done. A phrase I heard recently is “mend a quarrel” which is something that I need to do with others and I can only do this by living in the moment and making the most of everyday, by forgiving as Jesus would and loving as He would everyday. God invites us to live in the present moment by doing His will and not worry, for He carries the burden for us if we ask Him to.

Let us pray, God, our Father, may we never forget to tell those we love that we love them and make the most of all the opportunities you have given us and let us have the same mercy you have and forgive others and seek forgiveness. We ask this through Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Friday, October 8: Lily Pinn '23

Today we pray for the grace to be aware of God’s Holy Presence among us through each other, for those who are suffering from chronic illnesses, for the cheer team and football team playing later today, and for 4 special intentions. 

Where do you find your strength and worth? Maybe it’s in sports, academics, your community, or even in yourself. For me, I’ve always defaulted to finding my strength in myself and my worth in my successes. However, I often feel empty and unfulfilled even after achieving my goals. Instead, I discovered that God calls us to find our strength in Him and to place our identity in God as sons and daughters . So, why do we allow ourselves to find our identity in the things surrounding us rather than God? Part of it is because we’re human, but it’s also because we are relying on only ourselves for strength. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength”. When we allow God to provide us with strength, we are able to live a life more centered on God and we are able to place our identity in Him.  BK, today I challenge you to pray for strength. Ask God to relieve anything that is weighing heavy on your heart today because nothing is too big or too small for Him.

Let us Pray: Dear God, allow us to rely on you instead of ourselves for strength. Guide our hearts so that we can find our identities in you alone. Remind us that You can move mountains and heal the brokenhearted and our hurt and anxieties are never too much for you. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.