Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous;
Teach me to serve you as you deserve.
To give and not to count the cost,
To fight and not to heed the wounds,
To toil and not to seek for rest,
To labor and not to seek rewards,
Except that of knowing that I do your will.
As part of Mission/Spirit Week at Xavier, all religion classes spent part of one period Monday in the chapel for a prayer service. There was a reading from the book of Matthew, a power point presentation set to music that in part showed Xaverian missions in the world, and a reminder of daily happenings as the school celebrates Mission/Spirit Week. The closing was the above prayer, St. Ignasius Loyola's prayer for generosity.
From a bake sale to a chili cookoff to "change wars," where each class tries to outdo the other by putting loose change into a bottle during lunch waves, all money raised supports Xaverian mission work.
Monday also was a day when the student body could show its spirit by wearing any sports apparel, so it ranged from Red Sox to Yankees, from Giants to Patriots. That is a "change war" of a different kind. You'll never get a Red Sox fan to change into a Yankees fan and vice versa.
Seniors Bryce Hammen, at right in photo, and Johnny Lasko, from the Ryken Service Society, were in the chapel leading the student body. Hammen is headed to Penn State and Lasko to Delaware, but before they go, they continue to leave a lasting impact at Xavier.
Hammen said he first got interested in the Ryken Service Society when he saw the activity his freshman year at the Students Activities Council (SAC) fair, which allows students to see all that Xavier has to offer.
A major project of the Ryken Service Society is the canned goods drive the first Friday of each month. It benefits the Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown.
As St. Ignatius would say, the Xavier students are doing the will of the Lord.
Xavier is a private, Catholic all-boys school in Middletown, CT.