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

i can't believe i am getting paid for this assignment:

this morning i hopped on a moto and drove 45 minutes to say a beautiful Mass. i have changed my approach and got there 30 minutes early and had Mass practice with them. we learned a few songs and practiced some of the responses. i figure if i can use the exact same Mass parts every month then they will remember them in about a year's time.

as for the ride, i had the ipod cranking, the sun was shining, the wind was cranking through my hair, there were no other cars or bikes on the dirt road, i crossed a couple of creeks, avoided some cattle, sheet, pigs, and chickens, and enjoyed every minute of the trip there and back. as a matter of fact, i'm getting ready to take off again to anoint someone who lives 45 minutes away, but i'll love the ride out. i may never travel in the truck again...

in blog news, i enthusiatically want to report that you people have surpassed the 1,000 hit mark, which makes my day, since all this climbing up to the roof is being appreciated. as fr violette would say, "it warms my heart to know you care." he said that alot...


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