Monday, March 21 - Madalene Baehler '22 

Today we pray for the grace to forgive those who have done wrong to us, for those who are suffering from chronic illnesses, for JV Baseball team playing today, and for 5 special intentions. 

To surrender to someone or something means to give oneself fully over to that person or thing. As Christians, we are all called to surrender ourselves to the Lord. This does not mean that we lose who we are in order to follow Christ, but rather that we allow God to change us into who He calls us and created us to be. Surrendering is not easy. We all have dreams, desires, and goals that we hope to reach and fulfill someday. It is easy to think that surrendering to the Father means that we give up all of these things. However, surrendering to Him means that we are inviting Jesus into our hearts and minds allowing His dreams for us to become our dreams for ourselves. When we give ourselves over to Christ, our hearts will begin to become more like Jesus’, and we will show His love to those around us in all that we do.

Today, I challenge you to ask God to lead you to where He desires for you to go because His plans are always greater than our own.

Let us pray: Dear God, Thank you for loving us unconditionally even when we push You away. Your guidance and peace are a gift that we could truly never be worthy of. Help us to remember that all good things come from You. Help us to seek You first.

We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Tuesday, March 22 - Jacob Chapple '22 

Today we pray for the grace to resist temptation, for those who are mourning the loss of their loved ones, for the track , baseball, Boys-tennis, and soccer and girls-golf teams playing today and for 6 special intentions 

During the 40 days that Jesus was in the desert, the devil was constantly tempting him, trying to pull him away from God’s will, but he didn’t give in, for he asked God for help. Jesus was constantly alone in the desert so the devil could bother him all the time. Similarly, we are constantly being pulled by the devil in several bad directions, especially during Lent, when we are trying to get closer to God. During the 40 days of Lent, the devil tries in all things material, spiritual, mental, and physical to pull us down towards him, but we must remember that God is always there to provide us with the help that we need, just as he did with Jesus in the desert such a long time ago.

Let’s pray, Lord, please give me the grace to avoid the near occasion of sins. Help me to realize that the best way to respond to your love is to detach myself from sinful inclinations and vices. Grant me the grace to fix my minds and hearts on you alone, so that regardless of the difficulties and distractions life brings about, may I always remain faithful to you. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Monday, March 28 - Lily Pinn '23 

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

"Yet it was our pain that he bore, our sufferings he endured. We thought of him as stricken, struck down by God and afflicted, but he was pierced for our sins, crushed for our iniquity.  He bore the punishment that makes us whole, by his wounds we are healed." (Isaiah 53: 4-7)

The third station has always stuck out to me because it reminds me of the part of Jesus that is fully man. In our daily lives, we fall, we struggle, and we feel weak. Seeing that Jesus fell carrying His Cross has always served as a reminder to me that failures cannot overcome us, and we are not alone in that. When we’re carrying burdens and hurting, it’s so easy to think that praying won’t help because we convince ourselves that God won’t understand. This could not be further from the truth! God knows the trials and tribulations that we’re going to go through in life. He is an understanding, kind, loving, and merciful Father who wants nothing more than to have a strong relationship with you. So today, BK, I want to challenge you all to remind yourselves that failures are a part of humanity, because Jesus fell and got back up. Then, I want you to surrender your burdens to Christ because He wants to talk to you about them and grant you comfort.

Let us pray, dear God, thank you for being merciful and loving. Today we pray that you would remind us of our identity in you and help give us the strength to surrender every heartache and hurt to you. God, thank you for the many blessings in all of our lives and thank you for sending your only son down to Earth to save us from our sins. Grant us comfort today and help us push through the rest of the school year. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen. 

Tuesday, March 29 - Jacob Chapple '22 

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

"When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: 'This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.'"  (Luke 2:21,22,25,34,35)

From a mother’s perspective, watching your only son be tortured and killed has to be torture in its own. Mary knew it was going to be a difficult task being Jesus’s mother from the moment she said yes to the angel Gabriel. Like all mothers, she wants what is best for her child and she understands now that it is God's plan for Jesus to die and that this is what’s best for her son Jesus and for all humanity. Mary’s trust in God in saying yes to being the mother of Jesus allowed for this to happen, without her trust in God none of this would’ve happened. Similar to this, we can say yes to God and trust in his plan and now that it is what’s best for us and for others around us. 

Let us pray, Heavenly Father, may we always remember the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made for us on the cross, and may we always remember the moment that Mary said yes to giving her life to God and to doing his will. May we be like Mary and say yes to you lord and may we trust in your perfect plan and know that our suffering and hardships are all worth it in your wonderful timing. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen. 

Wednesday, March 30 - Sister Mary Hanah Doak

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

"A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross." (Mark 15:21)

St. Mark tells us only one sentence about the figure of Simon of Cyrene. Yet, this small account fills me with questions about Simon, his family and the experience of encountering Jesus during His Passion. The Gospel recounts that Simon of Cyrene had at least two sons: Alexander and Rufus.  I wonder if the boys were with their father that day in Jerusalem or if they only learned about their father’s experience as he recounted it later. Were they young children at the time?  If they were present with their father, what did they do when their dad was conscripted to help Jesus?  Did they follow the crowd alongside from a distance? Did they meet Mary, the mother of Jesus, or John the Beloved Disciple, as they did the same? I wonder how watching the suffering and death of Christ as their father assisted Him impacted the trajectory of their lives.

Then, there is the character of Simon himself.  The Gospel does not present him as a willing helper. I wonder what Simon had been planning to do that day when he was forced by the Roman soldiers to help a criminal condemned to capital punishment by the State carry his instrument of death to the place of execution.  Had he come to the city of Jerusalem from Cyrene for the purpose of business? Or family?  Was he himself Jewish and did he travel the thousand miles from Cyrene to Jerusalem to come to the Feast of the Passover held in Jerusalem?  What was it like for him afterwards to think about the experience of walking with Jesus, probably himself covered in Jesus’ blood?  What was it like when he later heard about Jesus’ resurrection from the dead?  How did the whole experience affect Simon’s relationship with God?

This story leads me to reflect on my own attitude.  When something I am not expecting pulls me from my plans and routines, do I pause to consider that perhaps the Lord is redirecting me to encounter Him more deeply, if only I look with the eyes of faith?

Let us pray, Lord, please give us the disposition of faith that we may see your work in our lives in every context, including the unexpected, the inconvenient, and in seasons of suffering.  We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Thursday, March 31 - Madalene Baehler '22

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

"'Come,' says my heart, 'seek his face': your face, O Lord, do I seek! Do not hide your face from me." (Psalm 27:8-9)

Our world is constantly presenting us with temptations. Sin is at the tips of our fingers every moment of every day. As humans, it can be difficult for us to turn down temptation and do what we know is right instead. Oftentimes it seems like it is easier to sin than it is to do the right thing. This may be true, but when we seek God and chase after Him in all that we do, we will be far happier than if we had chosen to take the Devil’s bait. Veronica sought after Jesus. She was there to wipe His face and help Him in any way that she could, even if it meant wiping the sweat off of His face on His journey to dying on the cross. We are called to do what Veronica did. We are all called to seek God in all that we say, do, and think. We are called to look for Him in every situation, especially in the most difficult ones. When we seek Him, we will always find Him. Doing this will require discipline, practice, and patience, but it is always worth it because God is always there… every minute of every day for every single one of us.

Let us pray, dear God, thank you for blessing us with examples such as Veronica. Help us to strive to love, serve, and seek You with the same humility and persistence that she did. Thank you for always being there for us and loving us even when we choose to do things that go against your will for us. Help us to seek You more and desire to grow deeper in our relationship with You, daily. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen. 

Friday, April 1 - Halle Harman '22

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

"Accept whatever happens to you; in periods of humiliation be patient. For in fire gold is tested, and the cosen in the crucible of humiliation. Trust in God, and he will help you; make your ways staright and hope in him." (Sirach 2:4-6)

There he lay face down in the dirt, sweat dripping from his brow, knees scraped and bleeding. Oh, what he wouldn't give to have it all end right there. But Jesus is only halfway there, only halfway through his journey to Calvary. Drained of all his strength somehow he finds energy enough to get back up and continue on. Life sometimes weighs us down and we find ourselves lying in the dirt drained of all our energy and strength. Prayer becomes dry. Our jobs seem meaningless. Our relationships fail. Joy seems non-existent. We are tempted to give up right then and there. But we are not finished yet, life still goes on. All we need to do is lift up our hand to the Lord, and he will reach down and take it and pull us to our feet. He will take the weight of our cross and help us carry it. He will walk every step of our way on the cross with us and when we reach the end he will be there waiting to welcome us with loving arms.

Let us pray, Lord, you have borne all our burdens and you continue to carry us. Lift us up, for by ourselves we cannot rise from the dust. Free us from the bonds of in. Make us aware of your presence. Help us to recognize the spiritual and material needs of others, and to give them the help they need. Lift us up, so that we may lift others up. Give us hope at every moment of darkness, so that we may bring your hope to the world. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen. 

Monday, April 4 - Addie Gehring '22

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

"Jesus turned and said to them, 'Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.'" (Luke 23:28)

Jesus has fallen twice now, he’s bloody, he’s dirty, he knows he’s trudging to his death yet he stops to comfort these women. While their words are meant to console and encourage him, Jesus wishes to do the same for them. He does not let his own situation and emotions overshadow the feelings of those around him. Many times if I have an issue, I find myself hyper focused on my own obstacles. The needs of others come second to the turmoil I am currently facing. Reaching out to Jesus or anyone else seems pointless, because there is not much their words can do for me. However, Jesus hears the women weeping for him and trying to offer whatever solace they can. Instead of dismissing their tears, he understands that they are doing what they can for him and he stops to not only appreciate them, but also offer his own wisdom. Even on the way to a gruesome execution, Jesus puts others before himself, and encourages the women to do the same. He tells them to raise their children with the same kindness that he has shown them. By simply crying out to Jesus, the women received some semblance of peace, and in turn showed Jesus love, kindness, and acceptance.  

Let us pray, dear Jesus, show us how to help others the way you helped the women. Teach us to put the needs of others before our own, and show them the kindness you exchanged with the people around you. Help us see past others' outer masks so we can better understand what they are feeling and how we may help them on their own journey. Jesus, teach us to live like you.We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Tuesday, April 5 - Carson Rury '22

Today we pray for the grace to recognize the Holy Presence of God in our lives and lives of others, for those who mourn the loss of their loved ones, for the Basketball teams playing later today, and for 5 special intentions. 

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

"We proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength."  (1 Corinthians 1:23-25) 

In the minor Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, you can find a piece of the cross which Jesus carried. St Helen established this chapel in the Basilica for pilgrims from around the world to come and pray before Jesus’s cross. However, as you are walking up a flight of stairs to the Cross, there are three platforms with the image of the cross painted, each representing a time that Jesus fell on His way to His crucifixion. So as we walk up to venerate the cross that the Messiah carried, we are reminded of the times that he fell. The sequence leaves you with a reminder that the cross is not merely a symbol but something that we can live with each day and carry with love. We sometimes fumble on our journey, but it is in these moments that we must remember that God’s will is greater than ours. He has put these trials in our lives for a reason. When we fall, remember Jesus’s response to His fall, a strong, resilient response that comes from a trust in God because the “weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” 

Let us pray, as we approach you Lord in the sacrifice of the mass, let us be reinvigorated to rise up from our failures and continue down the path to heaven. Help us to realize that you are always accompanying us on our journey regardless of how we fail to respond to your love. May we always trust in your mercy for us. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen. 

Wednesday, April 6 - Sarah Dicks

Today we pray for the grace to be attentive to God’s Holy Presence in our lives, for the grace to live in the presence moment, for golf and baseball teams playing later today, and for 5 special intentions. 

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

"When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. " (John 19: 23)

What are you wearing right now that identifies you?  Sure most of you are in uniform (well kinda in uniform), but do you wear your skirt a certain way? What kind of shoes do you have on?  How do you cut or style your hair? Do you have on jewelry or interesting socks or certain glasses frames?

How we dress says a lot about us-because we want it to.  You should all be in a uniform that looks the same.  Same skirt length, same type of shirt, same shade of khaki.  I suppose you feel like the dress code can be a bit intrusive to your autonomy-but the fact is, even within the uniform guidelines you still have a lot of choices about what you can wear-ike many of you who wear a hoodie that tells us what club or team you are part of. Now, Imagine that someone took all of your clothes and made you stand in school, in front of people who know you-some who like you, some who will gossip about you.  

Today we reflect on the 10th station, when Jesus had his clothes taken away.  He had everything taken from him.  He stood humiliated and without the comfort of even his tunic. Now, we have all been embarrassed at some point in our lives.  And when we feel totally exposed and humiliated, we can know that even the Creator, the God of the Universe, allowed himself to enter into that very human experience of shame- to know us better through our experiences. 

Our clothes comfort us.  We can tell the world who we are, what we are worth, what we like. Sometimes we even hide behind our clothes.  Some people hide scars of self-harm under many bracelets, some people who are ashamed of their bodies hide under very baggy clothes, some people like earbuds so they don’t have to talk to or acknowledge others. Some people wear very expensive clothing and the latest trends to try to impress others.

For just a minute think about who you are, really.  Without your clothes, without your car, without your phone and the case you picked out for it without your filters.  The fact is, none of that stuff adds anything to your worth or to your dignity.  Today I encourage you to think about how much you rely on your brand and style.  Do you like yourself as much as you like your stuff?  

Jesus knows us and our fear and shame intimately.  And He still loves.  He. still. Loves. 

Let us pray, Lord, help us to realize our identity in you.  You have given us all we need and we can add nothing to our own worth.  Let us strip ourselves of vanity and live humbly as your sons and daughters. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen. 

Thursday, April 7 - Allison Pollard

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

"Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." (John 3:14-17)

I have always loved praying the stations of the cross, but when I get to station 11, I start to feel uneasy, uncomfortable, and unworthy.  Going through the first 10 stations, I imagine myself walking next to Jesus as he carries his cross.  However this station is his crucifixion, and I can’t seem to wrap my head or heart around what that must have truly been like.  It is one thing to carry your cross, but it is another to be nailed to it. 

Can you imagine witnessing his crucifixion?  Standing there watching, his arms being held against the hard cold wood of the cross as they drove the nails through his skin.  They prop his feet on a block of wood and nail them in place too.  Watching, as he is practically one with the cross when it is hoisted up to be put in place, the pain must have been unbearable, yet he didn’t cry out and he didn’t stop it from happening. 

I wonder….Did he feel sad? Was he afraid? Did he feel alone and abandoned? How did he feel being condemned to death like the common criminals on either side of him, when he had done nothing but love? Being both fully divine and fully human, I expect Jesus had to have gone through a range of feelings both physically and emotionally.  As I close my eyes and imagine myself looking up at him on the cross, how my heart aches for him.

Jesus fully accepted and willingly entered into his passion.  In allowing this, he modeled for us a way to surrender peacefully to the will of God, especially in times when we are powerless but try to control the situation we may find ourselves in.  As moments of doubt enter my mind, I wonder am I truly worthy of all that he has done for me?  Do I deserve the love that he has for me, even when I try to take control and do everything by myself? I think about all of the little things I endure or suffer through, yet none of them can even come close to the depth of his suffering.  

How can I ever repay him for what he did for me?  What can I give him in return? Have your parents ever told you that you don’t give something to get something in return? See, that’s the thing, we don’t have to give him anything other than ourselves. He simply wants us to invite him to enter into our suffering so we can become stronger and better for having gone through it. If we do this, he begins to help us carry our cross just as Simon helped him carry his on the road to Calvary.  God’s presence in our suffering is much more than a comfort, it can be transformative. While the suffering might continue, what can change is how we view and navigate what we are experiencing.  We can become closer to him than ever before, and it moves our suffering from pain to a gift, just as he gave us the gift of his whole self so that we can have eternal life. His sacrifice shows us how much he truly loves us.

Let us pray, Heavenly Father, we thank you for choosing us.  For loving us so much, that you suffered and died for us.  Lord, sometimes we hurt you or those that we love.  Sometimes when we are in the midst of our own pain and suffering, we are blind to the pain we are causing others.  Help us to remember in our times of suffering that you are always with us and that your example on the cross calls us to let go of our pride and ego and to love above all things.  Jesus, with you, we are never alone, and you will always be there to help us in our hour of need. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Friday, April 8 - Ruthie Buchner '22

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

"It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, 'Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.' When he had said this, he breathed his last." (Luke 23: 44-46)

Jesus died - God died for you and me. He didn't just die from a natural means; he was killed by the most shameful form of death - crucifixion. The way He died was one of the most humiliating and brutal deaths one could have gone through. During the time of Jesus, crucifixion was a punishment for criminals with grave crimes but because Jesus loves us so much that He let His death be put on display for everyone to see. While we may not fully fathom His love for us, the way He died illustrates the deepest affection that He had for each one of us. Simply, HE loves us and is willing to sacrifice His own life for us and our sins. Just as Jesus sacrificed for us, we Christians should sacrifice small things in our lives to respond to the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. Our sacrifices do not have to be big or complex, but should be thoughtful. For instance, we would very much enjoy a tasty crispy chicken sandwich, but instead we are content with a meatless option without complaining today. When thinking about going out with friends, maybe think about hanging out with your family instead. Go over to your grandparents house instead of going to the movies with your friends. Sit with someone who has no one to sit with at lunch instead of surrounding yourself with close circles. These things though small, when we do with great love for the Lord, they glorify God. Make sacrifices even if they are small, because they remind us of the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made for us to be here today! 

Let us pray, loving Father, may the holy sacrifice of your Son cleanse my soul, strengthen my heart, pardon my past and restore me in your peace. I give you all of my doubts and worries and I thank you for everything you have done in our lives. Without you there would be no us. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Monday, April 11 - Sharia Smith

Today we pray for the grace to live in the very present moment, for those who are struggling with challenges of life, the girls tennis, golf, soccer, and baseball teams playing later today, and for 6 special intentions.

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

"Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life." (John 12:24-25)

One of the most famous statues in the world is Michelangelo’s Pieta, the famous image of Mary tenderly holding the lifeless body of her beloved Son Jesus after He was taken down from the cross. His body is bruised, beaten and heavy from the effects of our sins. Christ had died a horrible human death, imagine the deep sorrow and pain that consumed his mother’s heart as she held his broken body. 

Over spring break I had the privilege to accompany a group of BK students to Rome and we got to see this statue in person. One thing I noticed is that despite the undeniable deep anguish she felt, her face reveals a peace that can only come from the hope of the resurrection. Mary believed and trusted in God’s promises and the words of her Son, Jesus. As we enter into this Monday of Holy Week, reflect upon the gift of Christ’s Passion and the cost of our salvation, paid for by Jesus’ sacrifice. Look at the image of Mary holding the body of her Son, and imagine yourself there with her at the foot of the cross. There cannot be an Easter without the cross. What burdens are you carrying this week? What crosses or challenges do you need to surrender to our Lord trusting that his victory has already been won for you? 

Let us pray, Lord, you paid the ultimate price to free us from our sins, and break our chains of shame. May we have the strength this Holy Week to walk the way of the Cross with you, to accompany you from the cross to the grave and from the grave to eternal life. May your abundant mercy overwhelm us Lord and reveal your unfathomable love for us. We ask this through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

Tuesday, April 12 - Lily Stuckey '22

Today we pray for the grace to be more attentive to God’s Holy Presence in our lives, for healing for those who suffer from Chronic illnesses, for the tennis, baseball, and soccer teams playing later today, and for 6 special intentions. 

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

"Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body. So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb." (Mark 15:43, 46)

I have always thought this to be one of the most relatable stations in the entirety of the stations of the cross. I find this so relatable because at times we are all in a place that feels closed off and shut out from others and the world just as Jesus was placed alone in his tomb with a rock rolled in front. We feel alone but it is so important to remember that there were three other people who loved and supported him sitting outside waiting for Him. This is best said by the following reflection:

I pause to contemplate this act of closure on his life. In solidarity with all humanity, his body is taken to its grave. I stand for a moment outside this tomb. This final journey of his life has shown me the meaning of his gift of himself for me. This tomb represents every tomb I stand before with fear, in defeat, struggling to believe it could ever be empty.

In the fullness of faith in the Risen One, given by his own Holy Spirit, I express my gratitude for this way of the cross. I ask Jesus, whose hands, feet and side still bear the signs of this journey, to grant me the graces I need to take up my cross to be a servant of his own mission.

Let us pray, Lord, we praise and adore you because of your love for us. I pray that by contemplating on these stations, our faith will be revitalized. Grant us the grace we need to push through the dark times and remember to lean on the others around us who are always rooting for you. May through the generosity of others, we come and experience your love for us. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen. 


Tuesday, April 19 - Aubrei Grisaffe '22

Today we pray for the grace to be attentive of God’s Holy Presence, for those who are affected by the current situation in Russia and Ukraine, for tennis, baseball, and soccer teams playing later today, and for 6 special intentions. 

Last night, I had the opportunity to hear my favorite Christian song performed live. “17” by Chris Renzema tells the tale of a somewhat hopeless Christian lost in their own misdoings and frustrated with their humanity. At some points in our lives, I feel as though we can each identify with the lyrics “Know you told me that you loved me But I don't remember when.” It can be hard to be a Christian when the world seems unjust, good people experience misery, and when we fall into temptation time and time again. Sometimes it feels as though God has forsaken us, or as though we must be too broken to love. Despite our missteps and our mistakes, God’s love prevails. About halfway through 17, the songs shifts from the perspective of the sinner to that of God, proclaiming that “If you could see yourself the way that I do You'd see I made you in my image and my work's not through” and “I've made you more than worthy of my love, You are fearfully and wonderfully made and that's enough.” This reminds me that we are not defined by our humanity, but by Christ’s actions for us on the cross. As it says in Ephesians, “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” When Christ declared victory over the grave, he gave us claims on eternal life, so even when we feel “uncomfortable in our skin” and when “the floods and the fire make a greater plan feel all too far gone,” as believers in Christ’s triumph over the grave, we can live knowing that despite our sins and failures, Christ has made us worthy of love, with a purpose, and fully redeemed. 

So today Bishop Kelley, I want to remind you that you are loved, and that you are enough. You are defined by Christ, and there is nothing that you can do to lose God’s love for you. I challenge you to live in the joy of your salvation because the joy of salvation is unstoppable, unmovable, and unshakable in the kingdom of this world.

Let us pray, dear Lord, we thank you for sending your Son to redeem us from our sins. We pray that when we feel lost and hopeless, you provide us with comfort and confidence that we are loved. Grant us the grace to continue to live out the joy of our salvation and proclaim the truth of the gospel without hesitation. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Thursday, April 21 - Andrew Cooper '22

Today we pray for the grace to keep pushing forward in our studies, for those who are struggling physically or mentally, for the golf, tennis, and soccer teams playing later today, and for 6 special intentions.

Do you ever feel overwhelmed? It is a very busy time to be a BK student right now and as we approach the end of the school year, We are given piles of work and very little desire to do it. I know that for me, it becomes very stressful to balance my schoolwork, sports, and my social life all at once. Sometimes it feels like the world is against me, giving me more than I can handle. But whenever I feel the most overwhelmed, I find comfort in the fact that God is always by my side. I was in Fr. Duy’s office one day when I asked him “Why does such a loving and caring God give us these difficult challenges and hardships?” “If he loves us so much, why does he let these things happen?” What he said changed my perspective on things. He told me that it is through our hardships and difficulties that we grow closer in our relationship with God. Think about it this way. When you go to the gym and lift weights, you are breaking down your muscles so in time, they will grow back stronger than they were before. It is the same way with God. He gives us hardships and difficult experiences so that we can use it to grow stronger in our faith and love for him. So BK, I challenge you to reflect on a time you felt overwhelmed and think about why God put you in that position. Did you grow stronger? Did you come out a better person? The answer will almost always be yes.

Let us pray: Dear God, thank you for the amazing blessings you give us every day. We pray that you provide us the strength to push through the final weeks of the school year and that we honor you in everything we do. We ask this through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Thursday, April 28 - Madalene Baehler '22

Today we pray for the grace to see and recognize God through the beauty of nature and creation, for the Golf and Baseball teams playing later today, and for 6 special intentions. 

We are often so tough on ourselves. I know personally, that I find it easier to forgive others than I do to forgive myself, and I’m sure many of you can relate. Whenever I make a mistake, I am so quick to get mad at myself rather than realizing that I am human and it’s okay to make mistakes sometimes because our mistakes help us learn something. Recently, one of my favorite songs has been Get Out of The Way of Your Own Heart by Chris Renzema. A few lines of the song go like this, ”Get out of the way of your own heart, let it go. Show yourself a little grace.” I love this song because it serves as a reminder to me that God is always quick to forgive us, so we should learn how to better forgive ourselves as well. God wants us to show ourselves the same grace that He desires for us to share with others.

Let us pray: Lord, Thank you for constantly showering us with your love and mercy, and for showing us forgiveness when we cannot seem to forgive ourselves. Help us to share your love, light, and mercy with everyone around us, including ourselves. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Friday, April 29 - Catherine Swick

Today we pray for the grace to be instruments of God’s love and mercy, for the refugees who seek assistance in our country, for the Track & Field, Baseball, and Tennis teams playing later, and for 6 special intentions.  

"Be who God meant you to be and you will set the whole world on fire." This quote comes from St. Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church, whose feast we celebrate today. "Be who God meant you to be and you will set the whole world on fire." This quote, I have found throughout the years to be the most inspiring point of direction from one of our holy saints. I found it when I was in high school, trying to decide what the next step of my life was. It has carried me through many challenges and opportunities, giving me the strength and motivation to keep going. The idea of setting the whole world on fire with this beautiful faith we have been given is enough to get me to take at least one step in the right direction. Friends, I don’t know about you, but with only a few weeks left in school, I don’t feel particularly inspired or motivated. I feel tired. I feel impatient. I feel overwhelmed. So I offer these words from St. Catherine as encouragement for all of us. "Be who God meant you to be and you will set the whole world on fire." Let’s put one foot in the right direction. Let’s ignite the flame today, BK. Let’s find that last bit of energy to push through to the end of the year.

Let us pray: God, we thank you for the gift of our education. We thank you for the opportunities we are given in this place each and every day. Through the intercession of St. Catherine, we ask for the strength and grace to persevere through these last few weeks, so that we might get back on track to set the world ablaze with your love. We ask this through Christ, our Lord.

Monday, May 2 - Addie Gehring '22

Today we pray for the grace to persevere in our studies, for the poor, afflicted, and abandoned, for the golf team and for 6 special intentions. 

The last time I did morning prayer I had a bit of an oopsie. Might have spouted an “OH DEAR” while in the midst of talking to the Lord and then fumbled my way through the rest of the prayer. But do you know what? God doesn’t care. Maybe He rolled His eyes or maybe He got a nice chuckle out of it just like the rest of you, but ultimately He was just happy to hear from me. That’s the beauty of a relationship with the Lord. No matter how little we talk to Him or how many times we call on Him because we are in need, He is always happy to answer. God created us with the ability to choose what we want. We can choose what to eat for lunch, we can choose to cry when we mess up morning prayer or laugh it off, we can choose our friends, but most importantly we can choose to have a relationship with God. He won’t force us to come to Him, but if we do, He will gladly accept us. No matter how many times we mess up, or how many times we turn away the Lord is always waiting. And when we return, He welcomes us with open arms. So today BK, I encourage you to seek out God. You may find Him in a kind deed from a classmate or the uplifting words of a friend. Wherever it is, don’t be afraid to accept His love and friendship too. 

Let us pray: Dear Lord, thank you for always being there for us and answering our prayers. While we may not experience you working in our lives all the time, help us to be aware that you are always there for us. Thank you for accepting us and all of our faults and for the constant love you throw our way. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen

Tuesday, May 3 - Jerri Berna

Today we pray for the grace to welcome Jesus more fully into our lives, for the repose of the soul of Mr. Jerry O’Brien, father of Mrs. Erin Steichen, for the girls tennis and soccer teams playing later today and for 6 special intentions.

Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of Sts. Philip and James. They are both lesser known Apostles of Jesus and it is believed that the reason Sts. Philip and James share a feast day is because their relics were brought to Rome together in early May of 560 A.D. When I was looking at Father Duy’s calendar for an open day to do morning prayer, I was drawn to this day because of James. I’m drawn to that name because I love the book of James in the New Testament.

So I’m sure you know about the book of Proverbs in the Old Testament. It was mostly written by King Solomon and was intended to offer instruction and knowledge. Well, to me, James is the New Testament version of Proverbs, written almost 1000 years later. My favorite passage from James is Chapter 1, Verse 22; “ doers of the word, and not hearers only”. Now, if you or I were to go to Mass every single day of our lives and really hear the Word, that alone would not be enough to get us to heaven. We must go further by receiving the word by faith into our hearts, and then allowing it to bring forth the fruit of that faith in our lives, via our actions. For it is not talking, but walking, that will eventually lead us into heaven. And let’s face it, this can be challenging in the world around us with so much negativity, cynicism and hate. So let’s start right here, striving not only to hear the word but to be doers of it, so that we might make our homes, our school and eventually our world, a better place.

Let us pray: Lord, You give us the Bible as an instruction manual for a virtuous life. Help us to not only hear but to do as you instruct us, so that through it and by the example of your holy Apostles and Saints, we might all reach that place where you live, forever and ever, Amen.

Tuesday, May 10 - Lily Stuckey '22

We pray for perseverance and faithfulness in our studies, for those who are struggling with the difficulties of life, for the Boy Golf and girl soccer teams playing later today, and for 6 special intentions! 

“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day, It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.” Admiral William H. McRaven M.S. Navy Seal. At Bishop Kelley we start our day every morning with morning prayer. While this may seem like a small part of your day this is a great way to connect with God and be refreshed. In all of the stress that we endure each day God is always there to talk. As I reflect on my time at Bishop Kelley one of the many things that I have learned is that the little things are what matter. We need to remember to take in every second of each day that we are given and share it with God. As we go into summer you can continue to start each day with a prayer to keep morning prayer in your life going. By doing this you can encourage yourself to live as Christ did and follow Him. Bishop Kelley I challenge you to build a strong relationship with Christ and remember that the little things are what matter. 

Let us pray: God thank you for all the gifts you have given us. Please help us to build a relationship with you and see all the little things in life. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen. 

Thursday, May 12 - Ashlyn Thomas '22

Today we pray for the grace to deepen our relationship with God, for the grace to let go of those who have been wrong to us,  for the Baseball and track teams playing later today and for 6 special intentions. 

Bishop Kelley, the end is near! Seniors will graduate, Juniors will put on the red polos, sophomore’s will become upperclassmen, freshmen will start driving ? , and new 8th graders will be experiencing the nerves we’ve all felt. With the excitement of next year and summer on our minds the motivation battery has become very low. We have just a few more days until it becomes a reality, so lock it! As St. Paul says to the Corinthians, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.” Turn in your late assignments, thank your teachers, and give yourself a pat on the back.  Remember to take a step back and reflect how much you’ve achieved within the last year. The finish line is approaching!  Finish strong, BK!

Let us pray: Dear Lord, I pray you put your hand over the students and staff as we finish out the school year. Remind us of our own strength and perseverance and the many lessons we have learned. We thank you for your grace and willingness to accompany us in good times and bad. Please help us to be mindful of your own presence in our lives. We ask this through Christ, Our Lord! Amen.

Monday, May 16 - Madalene Baehler '22

Today we pray for the grace to finish the semester strong, for a greater devotion to pray the Holy Rosary, and 6 special intentions 

As our school year comes to a quick close, I am more thankful than ever to be a Comet. For the seniors, these are our last few days as Comets. For the juniors, you’re about to become seniors. For the sophomores, you’re about to become upperclassmen. And for the freshman, you’re not the youngest on campus anymore. All of these milestones are so fun and so exciting! Everyone always says that time goes by in the blink of an eye, and being a senior about to graduate… I can tell you that this statement could not be more true. It feels like just yesterday, I was nervously stepping onto campus for orientation and had no idea what the next four years had in store. Looking back, I could not be more thankful for my time as a Comet, and I am so grateful for each person and experience who has crossed my path during the last four years! Being a Comet is an honor and an experience like no other, and that is true because of all of you… YOU are part of what makes BK the special place that it is. I encourage you to cherish every moment and experience you have left as a Comet, and thank God for it, whether you have a few days or a few years left!

Let us pray: dear Heavenly Father, thank you for blessing us with the gift of Bishop Kelley. I thank you for each and every person who makes up this special community. Thank you for every experience and opportunity BK has to offer. I pray that you will help us to always run to you with our joys and struggles and thank you for the many gifts you have blessed us with, especially this place we can always call home. We ask this through Christ, Our Lord! Amen.