The Missions: San Francisco and San José

Unless the mission is oriented by charity, that is, unless it springs from a profound act of divine love, it risks being reduced to mere philanthropic and social activity...Consequently, being missionaries means loving God with all one's heart, even to the point, if necessary, of dying for him. - Pope Benedict XVI

cultural observation:

whenever election time rolls around, the political parties start building things for the people and claim to be "working for you" every project currently under construction has a big sign out front with the polititians name and "i am working for you" on it - however, what happens is that those that win continure to build, but then stop if they lose, and those that lose just stop. so, there are tons of projects half-done around here. i thought this particular to the frontera, since we are so far away from everything, but i went to this border town called elias pina yesterday, and the same thing was happening there. it's really amazing - 1/2 done buildings just sitting there.

one thing's for sure, i am convinced that the only reason any country can be considered third world is due either a poor or corrupt government. there is all kinds of money and natural resources down here, but the government spends it like a 14 year old girl in mall with her friends on a shopping spree.


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