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

first the bad news: the guatemalens let me down - no high-speed broadband satellite access yet. they are saying two months, but who knows. therefore, please don't send me any attachments with emails...God's Will is great, because i'm not really bothered by it. when/if it finally arrives i will thank Him just the same.

however, it has convinced me, and fr posey highly recommends as well, to drop the 1,000 for the satellite phone indoor link which will enable you to call me, and i won't have to go up to the roof to make calls.

it's good to be here finally, the drive from the capital is a total drag.

we did stop and see the bishop.

big plans tonight, a big party with the youth, then a big party tomorrow, and then a big party sunday, and hopefully that will be the end of parties for a little while.

i'll try to blog once or twice a day and keep you informed. i will also see if i can find a way to get some photos to you, but it will take some doing at 9kbs...

i'm sitting in my room, but i will send this from the roof and i see a collection of about 200 videos - unbelievable...

my room, which is temporary, has a bed with one pillow, a ceiling fan, four walls, a 27 inch television (it must normally be the movie room) a small fridge, a vcr, no desk, a dresser like thing, brown walls, a screen door and one window with steel folding shutters. i like it though, it's time to set up the monsoon speakers and the subwoofer and introduce these dominicans to freebird live!!!!!!!!!!!!

adios, i'm going over to my new church to make a holy hour. you're all in my prayers.


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