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This is a post from the faith blog by Junior Grace Kelly. Look for a new post every Friday on bcflyer.net for her perspective on our faith and the role faith plays in our lives.
I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Every person goes through their fair share of hardships in their everyday lives, but it’s how we handle these events that define who we are as people and express our faith in God and His greater plan.
I am the oldest of three kids, with two younger brothers, Matthew and Daniel. Daniel and I are fortunate enough to have been blessed with exceptional health, but Matthew is not as lucky. At the age of 7, when he was in first grade at Maize Central Elementary, he began experiencing health issues. I am a bit hazy on the details as I was only 10, but I recall him having issues breathing. A short time later, Matthew was hospitalized and diagnosed with pneumonia. At that point, his lungs were almost closed off completely. After a two week hospitalization, he came home and was later diagnosed with asthma and a Kansas 40 test revealed he was allergic to 39 out of 40 plants in the state. Over the years, his allergies have worsened and now include all plants in the state and anything with hair, fur, or feathers, including his own hair.
At the time, I couldn’t comprehend the severity of the situation which my brother and parents were in. When I first visited my brother in the hospital and was told by my parents that he might die, I broke down into tears, as any kid of that age normally would at the mentioning of death. I immediately began praying to God, begging him let my brother live, promising to be a better big sister, play with him more, et cetera… anything to convince God to let Matthew stay with us.
God answered my family’s prayers and Matthew –although still asthmatic, allergic to the state of Kansas, and suffering from pneumonia three more times in the following years– is now an eighth grader at St. Mark’s who loves football, lacrosse, video games, his family, and his faith. He receives weekly shots to prevent allergic reactions and takes multiple medications daily to help with both his allergies and asthma.
This is one of the most prominent examples in my life that God puts us through times of trial to test the strength of our faith. These trials better define us as followers of Christ and through the hardships we face, our faith can often be strengthened.
The Bible addresses faith by saying, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely; in all your ways be mindful of Him, and He will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6) and “Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” (Proverbs 30:5)
One of my favorite movies is the 2006 Christian drama “Facing the Giants”. The movie focuses on the hardships a high school football coach faces in his career with a struggling team, troubles in his personal life, and his faith in general. The film’s message can be summed up by a Casting Crowns song featured on the soundtrack called “Voice of Truth.”
The chorus reads, But the voice of truth tells me a different story. The voice of truth says, “Do not be afraid!” And the voice of truth says, “This is for My glory;” Out of all the voices calling out to me, I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth.
Even when events in our life don’t turn out as we might have hoped, there is always comfort knowing that God has a reason for everything that happens to us. We need only listen and the Voice of Truth will speak and give us comfort when we need it most.
The photo above is of Matthew at the age of 7 when he was initially hospitalized with pneumonia.
This photo is from this past summer when my family drove me up to Notre Dame for the summer program I was a part of. Daniel (left) is now 11 and Matthew (right) is now 14.
By Brett Cass, Flyer sports writer
The football team loaded up in packed buses after first lunch to go meet Salina South tonight in the Class 5Asemifinals.
The two teams have built up a pretty strong postseason rivalry. This is the fourth postseason that Carroll and Salina South have played each other in the postseason, and the Golden Eagles are ready for revenge after Salina South ended its 23-game winning streak last year. Leading the offense for Bishop Carroll is running back and K-State commi Denzel Goolsby and quarterback Colton Howell. Goolsby has 1,349 rushing yards this season and 29 touchdowns, and Howell has 1,299 passing yards and 15 touchdowns. Howell also has 16 rushing touchdowns. Salina South is led by quarterback Dalton Wassenburg, who has 1,846 passing yards with 25 touchdowns and has 11 rushing touchdowns.
Both defenses are very physical. Carroll is led by Hank Honus with 27 tackles for a loss and Mark Quaney with 40 tackles and three interceptions. Before the team hit the road, Quaney and Goolsby gave their thoughts on the game that will decide who plays in the state title game.
“Defensively they are very physical, so we have been working to be more physical all week,” said Goolsby. “The line is going to have to put a body on a body, and our offense is going to have to attack the defense early.”
Added Quaney, “Their quarterback has a good arm and he can really chuck the ball far. Also, he had around 100 yards rushing last week. As a defense we will have to focus to beat the running and the passing game tonight.”
The past two seasons of Shocker basketball give WSU fans something to look forward to this time of the year. When basketball seasons comes upon us, it can become exciting to see the fans get involved. Koch arena fills with black and yellow and the cheers of fans. Being at the games is an experience that you can’t find many other places — the way the whole crowd seems to be one big family and community pulls you into the excitement and rowdiness of the games. As a fan of the team, this time of the year brings excitement to the house. The time of the year when everything you wear is black and yellow, when you bundle up just a little bit more than usual for the walks to the stadium, when the only song that gets stuck in your head is the WSU fight song is my favorite time of the year. — Mara McElgunn
Bishop Carroll has outstanding support for our school athletics, especially when it comes to football. It never gets old looking up into the stands from down on the field and seeing everybody do the “I Believe chant.” Even when it is cold outside, such as last Friday, we still managed to have a good amount of people come to the game. Every week on Monday after practice, there is a radio show that Coach Schuckman does at Emerson Biggins. On the show he talks about our performance the last week and he points out some key players in the win, and he will also talk about how we are going to prepare ourselves for the upcoming week and what we need to do to succeed. Even at the show, there is a decent amount of people that would show up for that. Our school takes a lot of pride in our sports. — Eric Nichols
I have been a die-hard Kansas Jayhawks fan since birth. My family tries to make it to at least one game every year. I have been to many KU basketball camps, and met many current and past players. With that being said, it is very hard to watch them this year. They ran all over Washburn in their exhibition game but struggled to beat UC Santa Barbara. I think that we’ve got a lot of talent on the team, from Wayne Selden, Kelly Oubre, Cliff Alexander, Perry Ellis, and others. However, I don’t think they are great together yet. I’m confident they will improve as the season goes on as long as they work together and not just for their personal stats… One can only hope.– Addison Bright
This world is becoming a scary place, what with the new constant threats of Isis, Ebola, and earthquakes in Kansas. I guess the earth is changing and so are the people. This Isis thing is becoming a huge problem, though, and I don’t think anyone is doing enough to try to stop them. It is kind of outrageous to hear about the decapitations of human people held captive, and then turn to the media and hear nothing substantial about ending the attacks, only apologies and condolences from fake politicians. I mean, I’m sure that our leaders care that our citizens are being murdered, I just don’t think they care enough. Maybe instead of just praying we could get an actual plan or some kind of assurance that our president isn’t letting these attacks go on. Yes, a plan for a way to end the attacks would be nice; even if it is kind of impossible to find and stop all of the terrorists, it would be nice to know that our politicians aren’t encouraging the attacks. — Suzanne Howey
By: Kylee Mernagh
Do you like singing? Do you like cookies? Do you share the common love for Christmas? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should join Bishop Carroll’s newest club, The Christmas Carrolling Club.
Founded by Lauren Buchanan and I, the club will have its first meeting on the Thursday before Thanksgiving break. The sponsor is Physics teacher, Mr. Weber.
By now you may be thinking, well shucks, I am not a very good singer. Fear not! We really don’t want good singers. We’re here to, as our mission statement says, “Bring the joyful voices of Bishop Carroll students to the doorsteps of west Wichita.” JOYFUL, not good. You just need to have a desire to sing and maybe some slight dancing. If you are skilled in the tambourine, triangle, guitar, or any instrument for that matter, we would love to have you.
Your Co-Presidents both come from a strong background of busy schedules and hectic activities, so don’t expect to be overwhelmed with this new club. After the pre-Thanksgiving meeting, we will have a maximum of two practices, and will most likely carol three times. We plan on caroling to local hospitals, nursing homes, and rectories.
If you can’t already tell, this club will be far from boring. The songs we sing will also be unorthodox. We are very interested in upbeat, tambourine-able songs such as “She Said Yes!” and “Hail Holy Queen” from the movie “Sister Act.” We will most likely sing some classics like “Jingle Bells” and “Up on the Housetop,” but they will all be upbeat and fun to sing.
Earlier, I mentioned cookies. There will, without a doubt, be cookies and hot cocoa at every single meeting/practice/caroling trip.
If I haven’t convinced you by now to join our club, then I pray that you move to Whoville, and your heart grows three sizes in one day.
Ashleigh Taylor, Staff Writer
My car stereo is automatically on B98 FM when I turn my car on. At the beginning of November, no matter how glorious the music is, I do not want to hear Christmas tunes coming out of my speakers. Christmas music is awesome. I am a die-hard Christmas music fan. When Christmas starts to roll around the corner, I blast “Jingle Bells” and “Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer” like it is nobody’s business. But that’s the thing…when CHRISTMAS TIME rolls around. I know I am going to get a lot of mixed reactions toward this, but I wholeheartedly believe that Christmas music should be played during the Christmas Season. I hate to sound like the Grinch, but as of right now, Thanksgiving has not even happened. We still have half a month until we sit around the table and give thanks for the food on our plate. How is Christmas music playing when the season has not even begun? I have to say, though, that in my opinion Christmas music is probably the greatest music ever created. It seems to give everyone a great vibe and puts everyone in a good mood. At least, that is what it does for me. You can never go wrong with a little “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas.” But you can go wrong when they start playing two weeks before Thanksgiving is even celebrated. I feel as if Thanksgiving is much overlooked now. It is falling behind on traditional holidays. I know that not every country celebrates Thanksgiving, and that is fine. If they do not have Thanksgiving, then sure, play your Christmas music. But here in America there should be a fine line between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I want to celebrate my holiday’s one at a time.
With the season coming to a close, the Golden Eagle football team tries to put the rest of the season to rest. The senior class of the Eagles have been to the big dance (state championship game) and been able to celebrate an undefeated season. They have also been through the painful time of losing by two points on their own home turf to the Salina South Cougars. After the loss to Salina South in 2013, the seniors didn’t want to feel this way again in their last year together as Eagles. The seniors and Coach Alan Schuckman put in much more effort into the offseason to prepare for another run at the championship. Coach Schuckman, the seniors and the rest of the Golden Eagles plan to have the same goal as they did in 2012, a state championship, just with a new destination: Pittsburg State University.
Through week 10 of the season, the Eagles have outscored their opponents 546-51 with the Gang Green starting defense still having yet to be scored on in the season. Some say that this defense is just as good, if not better than the 2012 state champion defense, and some still say that this could be the best defense in Kansas history. With only three games left in the 2014 season, Coach Schuckman will lead his Golden Eagles through their most intense weeks of practice the year. Much more work will be put into these last few weeks of the season to be sure of perfection. Extra time watching film, more time working scout offense and defense, and more time working starters against starters to get the team ready for the toughest opponents they will face this season. Last year this was the week that the Eagles lost to Salina South 19-21 but this year they play Heights High School for the second time this season. The Falcons are currently 8-2 with their losses coming to Bishop Carroll 70-15, and Kapaun Mt. Carmel 17-14. The Golden Eagles face more attention and hate from other teams this season than ever before to make their run for a second state championship ring.
Column by Kyle Moore
This is the first installment of the new faith blog by Junior Grace Kelly. Look for a new post every week here on bcflyer.net.
Last night was the Junior Ring Mass for the Class of 2016. The turnout was better than I had expected and I was so excited to be a part by representing the Pom Squad, but my favorite part of the Mass was Father Ben’s homily. It really struck me because the topic was something that I always have in the back of my mind: “How do you want to be remembered?”
It’s a valid question and it requires some serious thought. When I think of how I want to be remembered as a person once I leave high school, thoughts immediately flood my mind. I even talked to my mom about this last night, telling her I want to be remembered as always being happy and nice to everyone. Now I’ll be the first to admit I don’t always live my life that way, but for me, it’s as simple as that.
Another way to look at this is from a religious perspective. I listen to a lot of Christian music, whether it be Christian pop, rock, or hip hop. And yes, Christian hip hop exists, and I love it. One of my favorite CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) songs is “The Proof of Your Love” by for KING & COUNTRY, a duo consisting of Australian brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, who’s sister happens to be CCM singer Rebecca St. James. In this monologue version of this song and in the music video, Joel is heard reciting a verse from 1 Corinthians 13. The song uses The Message translation of the Bible, but I am okay with it because the words flow beautifully. I’ve put The Message translation for you below:
“If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.”
That has since become my favorite Bible verse. If you check my social media pages, you’ll find that I’ve cited this verse in my all of my bios. It really inspires you to think how you want to be remembered and how you want to live your life, because where would we be without God’s love? We truly are bankrupt without love.
Watch the music video for “The Proof of Your Love” by for KING & COUNTRY below.