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Frosh Week

Well it’s the first week back on campus and here at St. Francis Xavier University that means a schedule packed with crazy activities and games to welcome the incoming class. During a week like this, when time-honoured traditions are celebrated and so many students and support staff go out of their way to help the frosh adjust to life on campus, the Xaverian spirit is evident. We feel the love here on campus and are revelling in the festivities.

There are times when our prayer lives are like frosh week; they are exciting because we reach new levels of insight, feel great peace and consolation and find it so easy to carve out time in our schedule for Him. That said we inevitably go through periods of spiritual dryness when we just can’t seem to muster the desire to pray. Looking through a copy of “Prayers for the Xaverian Family” today, I stumbled upon this little goodie which I thought I’d share;

The Habit of Prayer

“The habit of prayer is no burden to anyone, for we can pray worthily at any time, in any place, and any posture. Motion of the lips is not necessary; the mind and heart can be engaged in prayer when we read or converse or go about our daily work. Moreover prayer produces a delicious feeling of hope and rest in God; and this feeling is worth more than the happiness that wealth can purchase or the world can give.

God respects not the arithmetic of our prayers, how many they are; nor the rhetoric of our prayers, how elegant they are; nor the music of our prayers, how melodious they are; nor the logic of our prayers, how methodical they are; but the sincerity of our prayers, how heart-sprung they are.”


So whether our prayer life feels like frosh week or more like mid-term exams, let’s remember to spend some time with The One who loves us.



“Slàinte mhath” from the Xaverian family

Here is a recipe for “Cream Cheese Chocolate Cupcakes”. They are pretty great!


  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil


  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 6 ounces chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°. Mix dry and liquid separately and then combine together until smooth. Pour into cupcake papers ¾ of the way and add a generous tbsp of filling.

Bake a 350° for 20 minutes.

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