Morning Prayers

Monday, January 10: Anna Dale '22

Today we pray for the grace to be aware of God’s love for each one of us, for consolation for those who mourn for their deceased loved ones, for the Freshman and sophomore basketball teams playing later today, and for 4 special intentions. 

In Ephesians 5:17 we are instructed “So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” As the day that I am expected to decide where I want to go to college approaches, I have begun to question the difference between what I want with my future and what the Lord wants me to do. I have questioned the difference between the two before and I know I will question them again but this verse has helped me realize that I can’t overthink what the Lord wants me to do, but that I need to sit down and just listen to Him because that’s when he makes his will known. The way the Lord speaks to each of us is different but today I challenge you to just be still and listen to Him with no distractions. Freshmen listen for Him to guide you through high school and all of the various challenges that you are faced with in the next few years; Sophomores listen for Him to guide you through your last semester as an underclassmen; Juniors listen for Him to guide you through the college application process; and Seniors listen for Him to guide you as you decide what your future holds. 

Let us pray, Dear Lord, help me to understand your will for all things. Don’t let my desires blind me to your will, give me peace with whatever your plan for me is. Help me to walk in the paths that You have laid out in front of me and lead me through the narrow gate. 

We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen


Tuesday, January 11: Lily Stuckey '22

Today we pray for the grace to be patient with ourselves and others, for those who are searching for the truth, for the JV and Varsity Basketball teams playing later today, and for 4 special intentions!  

Les Brown once stated, “In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” Positivity can change your outlook on the day. By having positive thoughts you yourself will be a happier person, and you can brighten the day of others around you. We have 1,440 minutes today to make a difference in the lives of your classmates. Positivity in our community could look like giving someone a simple smile, enjoying the unexpected, and motivating those around you. By doing these things we are doing what we are called to do by Jesus. Bishop Kelley, I challenge you to take advantage of all 1,440 minutes today to make a positive impact in our community. 

Lets us pray, God we thank you for all the blessings in life you have given us. Please help us to make a positive impact on our community as we go throughout the day. Please help us to grow closer to you in everything we do. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.


Friday, January 14: Madalene Baeher '22

Today we pray for the grace to embrace our gifts and talents as well as our imperfections, for those who are struggling with self-image, for the basketball teams playing later today, and for 4 special intentions. 

This past Saturday, I went to the Sacrament of Confession at my Church. The priest that heard my confession was visiting Tulsa from North Carolina. He was super kind, and I loved getting to talk with him! Before I gave my confession, we chatted for a minute. We talked about my plans for the future and some of our favorite things. The priest then said, “How do you think God sees you?” I said, “I know that He loves me because He loves all of us.” He then asked the question, “Do you think God likes you?” I responded saying, “Sometimes!” He then laughed and said, “No, God likes you ALL OF THE TIME because you are His beloved daughter with whom He is well pleased.” The priest followed up with a few silly questions or at least questions that I thought were silly at first. He asked me if I liked pizza… and I said yes. He also asked me to tell him the name of one music artist that I liked… and I said, "Lauren Daigle." Then he said, “Well, guess what, God likes pizza and Lauren Daigle too simply because you do, and He never wants you to change who you are because He not only loves you, but He is well pleased with you too.” Let that sink in… We are God’s beloved sons and daughters with whom He is well pleased. We were made by Him, for Him and His glory, not our own. Always remember that our loving Father meets us exactly where we are and wants us exactly as we are, no matter how imperfect we may feel.

Comets, today I encourage you to dive deeper in discovering how God sees YOU!

Let us Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for meeting us where we are and for loving us no matter what. Help us to learn how to see ourselves and others in the same way that you view us. When we are feeling down or searching for validation in worldly things help us remember that we are your beloved children and that you are always proud of us.


Tuesday, January 18: Jacob Chappel '22

Today we pray for the grace to see others as God sees us, for Bishop Slattery who was admitted to the hospital yesterday, for the wrestling team competing later today and for 4 special intentions 

As I was reading a daily devotional about St.Padre Pio the other day, I came across a passage speaking of the beauty of the night Jesus was born, which was compared to the agony Jesus experienced on his final day on the cross. This comparison between the pure joy that was brought when Jesus was born with the pain and sorrow of Jesus’ final day upon the cross sparked a discussion in my head. The thought of comparisons made me realize the amount of comparisons and choices I make everyday, choosing between the good or bad decision.. We as students can decide to do our homework or cheat on it; we can decide to sleep in and be late to school or wake up and get to school on time. Similarly, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we can decide to love one another as Jesus did, instead of treating each other with mediocrity; we can choose to be intentional with our actions, doing God’s will, or we can go through the motions, not making the most of the life God has given us. These choices between good and bad can define who we are and put us on the right path for righteousness or steer off it onto a lonely road of sorrow and unfulfillment in worldly things. Choose the path of righteousness today and analyze the many wonderful options and opportunities God has put before us today.

Let us pray, God our father of mercies, lead each and every one of us along the path of righteousness and allow us to do your will in all that we do and may we be given the guidance, clarity of mind, and strength of mind to do your will today. Amen.


Tuesday, January 25: Lilly Stuckey '22

Today the church celebrates the feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul. We pray for our own deeper conversion, for those who are struggling with their mental illnesses, for the wrestling and swimming teams competing later today, for 5 special intentions. 
 

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21 In the stressful times we live in today it can be easy to get lost. It can be easy to stray away from your faith, friends, and many other things. With God, he is always ready to help us navigate our way in life, but we have to be willing to be open to his guidance. Through God all things are possible. If you ever find yourself lost among any of your daily struggles, just remember to ask God for guidance because he is always there for you and will always be there to guide you. I would like to share The Guardian Angel Prayer with you that I pray when I am in need of guidance: Angel of God, my guardian dear to whom God’s love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light, to guard, to rule, to guide. Amen. 
 

Let Us Pray: God, we thank you for always being there to guide us when we feel lost. Help us to see you working in our lives and others as we glorify you. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.


Thursday, January 10: Lilly Pinn '22

Today we pray for the grace to resist temptations, for those who mourn the loss of their deceased loved ones, for the Freshman and Sophomore Boys Basketball teams, 

As high school students, we are constantly faced with temptations. We are called to not give in to these, but since we are humans, inevitably, we often do. Sometimes these temptations can be damaging to us and can lead to spiritual isolation. So, this morning, I have a question for you - is your spiritual life healthy? Falling into a life guided by temptation can cause spiritual destruction, causing us to lose sight of God and not do what He is calling us to do. Ephesians 5:15-17 says, “Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”  God calls us to live out His will and to act like believers. At the end of the day, our community looks to us as Christians for an example of how to live a life rooted in Christ and serving the Lord. So today, BK, I challenge you to evaluate your spiritual life and spend time in prayer with the Lord. Talk to Him about temptations you’re currently facing and ask Him for guidance. 

Let us pray: God, help guide us when we are faced with temptations. Lord, remind us what we are called to do and be with us in times of trouble, confusion, hurt, and spiritual distress. If our hearts are being damaged by temptation, help us heal and grow closer to you. God, remind us that you love us deeply and genuinely even when we sin and fall into temptation. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.


Monday, Jauary 31: Jacob Chappel '22

Today is the beginning of Catholic schools week and providentially the feast day of Saint John Bosco. Saint John Bosco was an Italian priest and educator who began schools for poor young boys in Italy and also helped educate them in the faith, grammar, and in technical skills. He also co founded the Daughters of Our Lady Help of Christians, which was a group of nuns who live to help educate poor young women. John Bosco did this all out of love and found the calling to serve the poor and educate them to strengthen their faith and better prepare them for life, which he received from God. John Bosco is an excellent example of being rooted in Gods love and serving others out of generosity. Similar to those children in Italy, we are all very fortunate to receive a Catholic education in an environment where we can practice our faith freely. Not many students get the opportunity to pray in class, go to mass at school, or participate in the sacraments at school; and we have all of these opportunities available everyday, in a safe environment, which is one of the beautiful parts of Catholic schools. 

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for allowing us all to teach and learn in an environment where we can grow in knowledge and faith and thank you for all those, like John Bosco, who inspired others to educate others in the faith. May all our teachers teach in love and generosity and may all our students learn from this love and generosity and spread it to all we encounter. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.


Monday, January 10: Anna Dale '22

Today we pray for the grace to be aware of God’s love for each one of us, for consolation for those who mourn for their deceased loved ones, for the Freshman and sophomore basketball teams playing later today, and for 4 special intentions. 

In Ephesians 5:17 we are instructed “So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” As the day that I am expected to decide where I want to go to college approaches, I have begun to question the difference between what I want with my future and what the Lord wants me to do. I have questioned the difference between the two before and I know I will question them again but this verse has helped me realize that I can’t overthink what the Lord wants me to do, but that I need to sit down and just listen to Him because that’s when he makes his will known. The way the Lord speaks to each of us is different but today I challenge you to just be still and listen to Him with no distractions. Freshmen listen for Him to guide you through high school and all of the various challenges that you are faced with in the next few years; Sophomores listen for Him to guide you through your last semester as an underclassmen; Juniors listen for Him to guide you through the college application process; and Seniors listen for Him to guide you as you decide what your future holds. 

Let us pray,

Dear Lord, help me to understand your will for all things. Don’t let my desires blind me to your will, give me peace with whatever your plan for me is. Help me to walk in the paths that You have laid out in front of me and lead me through the narrow gate. 

We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen


Monday, February 7: Jacob Chapple '22

Today we pray for an increase in the devotion to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Eucharist among all BK Students, faculty and staff, for those who are affected by Covid 19, freshman basketball team playing later today, and for 5 special intentions. 

Last week, when it was really cold, snowy, and the weather was terrible, it was easy to forget about all the lovely weather we have had. When the weather isn’t what we want and we are disappointed with the weather, it is easy to forget about the lovely summer days we have and the beautiful days of spring that God brings us. It is similar to waking up in the morning and your throat is really sore from allergies and your nose is runny but nothing seems to work. During this time you wish you were feeling well like you do most days, but instead your allergies are causing your throat to hurt and your nose to run. This is very similar to any moment when our life is tough and we neglect God or only focus on the bad parts of our day. In these hard times, it is easy to forget about all the great things that God has done for us. We can choose to remember God and all the good he has done for us while the times are tough and give glory to him. These times make you grateful for all the good and healthy times you’ve had, free of discomfort. May we always remember all the good that God has done for us, no matter the circumstances.

Let us pray; God our Father, may we always remember the good you have brought to us and may we never forget you when times get tough, but always be reminded of your life through the many gifts and blessings that you have given to us. We ask this through Christ, Amen.


Tuesday, February 8: Ruthie Buchner '22

Today we pray for the grace to live in the present moments, for those who are struggling to find meaning in life, for the Girls basketball team and the wrestling team playing later today, and for 5 special intentions. 

Throughout my life I have made many friendships but also lost many. Sometimes in life people will come and go into your life as God chooses for them to. It is important to know that with every friendship you have you are given the opportunity to learn from one another to grow as a better version of yourself. God places people within your life for you to be able to learn from one another. I know that personally when I have lost a friend important to me I have questioned God in what I am doing wrong, but down the road I begin to understand God's plan not only for me but my friend. Next time you might seem to be struggling with a friend I encourage you to see God within your relationship and see the work he is putting in along with you.

Let us pray: Almighty Father, I give thanks today for the friendships in my life. Lord, this life isn't meant to be lived alone, so I am grateful for the people who walk alongside me, supporting me, loving me, and encouraging me. For we cannot do it all alone but are better together. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.


Thursday, February 10: Ms. Baab

Recently, I’ve had tons of conversations with kids who are thinking about the future and feeling fearful of picking the wrong thing; the wrong college, the wrong major, the wrong trade, and on and on. And, uh… bad news you guys… as you journey towards adulthood and beyond, at some point, you’re going to pick the wrong thing. You may decide to move to a city that isn’t a good fit for you. You may end up signing on to do a job that you’ve studied for, prepared for, and dreamed of only to find out that you absolutely hate it. Despite the warnings of your elders you may decide that you actually SHOULD be roommates with your best friend only to find that your old best friend is your new worst enemy. 

I know a thing or two about picking the wrong thing, and choosing to live with MY high school best friend was only part of a series of missteps. I picked the wrong major twice. I picked the wrong school  twice. Wait, you know what you guys…I’ll just save all of us some time and tell you that I picked a lot of wrong things. I picked so many wrong things that I ended up spending 6 years after I graduated high school beating myself up for my mistakes while trying to pull myself together and finish my degree.

 Eventually, I realized that all of my wrong choices had one big thing in common. I had never once stopped to invite God into my decision making or to even consider Him in my daily life. The only time I prayed was when I passed a police officer while I was speeding down the roadway. So, I decided to make a change. It wasn’t easy. It required work and dedication. It also required my least favorite thing in the whole world, silence. I not only invited God to direct my steps, but I also allowed him to take every wobbly, misshapen stepping stone that I had left behind and to arrange it into a path leading to something good. God’s involvement made it possible for my greatest points of shame to pave the way for my greatest points of pride and because of Him, the wrong things I picked actually made it possible for me to have opportunities that were even better than what I had hoped for. 

As you continue to make choices for your future, be mindful that you aren’t allowing fear, shame, anxiety, stubbornness or pride to be your decision makers. Instead, take time to be quiet and still and to allow God to be your guide. And, when you pick the wrong thing or realize that you’ve wandered in the wrong direction, turn to Him and allow Him to transform it into something good.

Let us pray, Lord grant that I may always allow myself to be guided by You, always follow your plans, and perfectly accomplish your holy will.  Grant that in all things, great and small, today and all the days of my life, I may do whatever You may desire of me.  Help me to respond to the slightest promptings of your grace, so that I may be your trustworthy instrument.  May your will be done in time and eternity, by me, in me, and through me. We ask this through Christ, Our Lord, Amen


Monday, February 14: Halle Harman '22 

Today we pray for the grace to put God’s love in actions by serving those around us, for those who are suffering from mental illness, and for 5 special intentions. 

In honor of Valentine's Day, I wanted to share a prayer on love. The great love chapter in 1 Corinthians 13 speaks about God's love: agape love, eternal love, unconditional love, and selfless love. God's love is unconditional. Anyone who surrenders their hearts and lives to Him can receive His love. God does not line up individuals, inspect them, and then reject the ones He doesn't like because that is not how true love works. Sometimes societal expressions and beliefs about love are so flimsy that it's difficult to comprehend the depth of God's love.

BK, remember that love is so much more than flowers, chocolates, and cards this Valentine's Day. It is even more than the deepest feelings you experience since true love is defined by God's steadfast devotion and unwavering dedication to our life.

That is why, rather than spending billions of dollars on us, God gave up His valuable Child to be among us.

He didn't bring us flowers, but He did allow Jesus' head to be crowned with thorns.

He didn't give us a card, but He did show us the true meaning of Valentine's Day.

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, I want to thank you for the precious gift of love you have given to the world and to me. Without your love for us, we fail to function because we need your love to sustain us. Thank you for blessing us every day with this love and the power and strength. Fulfill our hearts with love as we carry out this day. In your name, we pray, Amen.


Thursday, February 17: Sarah Dicks 

Today we pray for the grace to be thankful for many blessings that God has given us, for those who are suffering from their chronic illnesses, for those who participate in the Musical, for the swim team competing at state today, and for 6 special intentions. 

Lent begins in less than two weeks! Lent is the forty day period before Easter which we as Christians use to grow in Holiness.  Often people will give something up, like sweets, or cursing, or video games.  Sometimes people will take something up, like a specific time for daily prayer, going to one extra Mass each week, or volunteering.  The whole point of Lent is to draw closer to Christ, so I encourage you to think about what you might want to eliminate from your life during Lent, and what you might add to it. For example, if you give up sweets, but don’t pray, well, that’s just a diet.  Maybe you could give up hitting the snooze button and instead use those nine minutes to read a daily devotional.  You could give up scrolling through social media and replace that time with service, actually be social.  Give up spending money on fast food and find a cause worth donating to.  There are so many ways that we can give up and take up.  I encourage you to start thinking about how you can make this Lent worthwhile.

One option is this Lent we will have small groups meet once per week to read a devotional.  Guys will read Lenten meditations from St. Pope John Paul II and girls will read meditations from The Little Flower St. Therese. We will have separate groups for guys, girls, and faculty and staff. If you are interested, come by the chapel or email Sarah for the information.

Let us pray: Lord we praise you for the cycles of the church year which help us to draw deeper in faith and devotion to you.  Help us to strip ourselves of those things that distract us from you and give us the perseverance and fortitude to fix our gaze on you this lent.  We pray through Christ our Lord, Amen. 


Tuesday, March 1: Sadie Gawey '22

Today we pray for the grace to be mindful of those around us, for an increase in Vocations to the priesthood and religious life, for golf, tennis, soccer, and baseball teams playing later today, and for 6 special intentions. 

Today is day two of mental health week and today we are focusing on how to ask for help for yourself, or for a friend. Asking for help can be difficult and scary. Life for everyone is stressful and crazy at times and we all need help whether we realize it or not. Mental health issues can be caused by a variety of things - anything from being stressed about a test to having problems at home to having anxiety or depression. The ones we love are always there to listen and help us through our tough times. There is no shame or weakness in asking for help, I would even say it makes you stronger. Everyone I know has struggled with their mental health at one point or another and I have seen first hand how talking about your feelings can help the situation. The people who love you want to hear about your struggles and want to be there for you. Asking for help is a scary thing but one thing we can do to make it a little less scary is asking God to give us the strength to talk about our feelings. God will carry you through the hard times and make you an even stronger person through all the pain. Everyone has highs and lows in their life but you have to get through the lows to get to the amazing highs. Pain is temporary and God will never leave you there forever. 

Let us pray: Dear Lord, Thank you for the amazing people you have placed in our lives. We pray that you would give us the strength to talk to others about our mental health and ask for help. Be with all of those who struggle with their mental health and all who support them. Give us the strength to see beyond the hard times to the happiness that will follow. We pray that you would calm the struggling hearts and put the busy minds at peace. We thank you for your unconditional love and the hope that you provide for us.  We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.


Thursday, March 3: Taylor Rhoades '22
Today we pray for the grace to stay focused on our studies and for those who are struggling with their chronic illnesses, for Baseball teams playing later today, and for 6 special intentions. 
 

Today’s theme for mental health week is Resources. The stigmatic atmosphere surrounding mental health can hinder our abilities to find the help we need, or to be the help that others need, yet a resource doesn’t always need to be a licensed therapist - they are around us everyday and everywhere. It can be a teacher, coach, priest, friend, family member, or really whomever you need at that time. The BK community is thankful to have fellow students, teachers, counselors, and staff available for bettering the mental health of our school community. As we begin our Lenten journey I encourage you to use the next 39 days to find the courage to console a resource or to be a resource for the friends that need you. If we could not find the resources that we need through the people around us, the one resource we will always have, whenever and wherever we need it, is God. Though we may fail to realize his presence at the lows in our life, we can take comfort in knowing that God has seen every thought and image and knows what fears and anxieties we go through, with or without disorders.

Let us pray, Lord, we call out to You in our moments of weakness and ask that you carry us through life’s difficult moments. We thank you for being our ultimate resource, and for the blessings of people and places we can confide in and seek help through. We remember your goodness and strength today and everyday. We ask this through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.


Friday, March 4: Ainsley Leonard '22

Today we pray for those who participate in the First Friday Adoration, for the grace to deepen our relationship with God, for those who mourn for the loss of their loved ones, for Tennis, Baseball, and soccer teams playing later today, and for 6 special intentions. 

Today marks the last day of Mental Health Week. Today’s theme is self-care. Self-care is something that I think a lot of us, including myself, struggle with because we feel  that taking time for ourselves or doing something for ourselves is selfish. When really, if we can’t be there or take care of ourselves, how can we ever know how to be there or take care of someone else? 

The struggle of self-care is oftentimes because of low self-esteem or the feeling that we don’t deserve to take care of ourselves or that we haven’t earned it. But, would you tell a friend that they don’t deserve to be taken care of or that they haven’t earned your love? In order to fully see ourselves as worthy as we are, we need to build good habits. In my choir class, we have been talking about cultivating good habits, which we refer to as growing happy trees in our brains. An example of a happy tree can be speaking kindly to ourselves. It can be recognizing when we need a break. Getting an extra hour of sleep. Spending time doing what we love. I know for me, an act of self care can be something as simple as listening to music that makes me happy in the car on the way home from school. Regardless of what self-care looks like to you, it is important to remember that no matter what in life you’re facing, you deserve to take time for yourself. 

Let us pray: Dear God, thank you for making us in your beautiful image and likeness. Please help us to see ourselves as you do— someone who is worthy of your love. Help us to cultivate good habits and remind us when we need to slow down and take time for ourselves.