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 have returned from an exciting trip to two campos deep in the mountains: oscar and i both hopped on bikes and drove to cercadillo first, which sits on a plateau overlooking the surrounding mountains. an absolutely gorgeous drive, but the roads required some serious attention on the motos. after Mass, we headed down the valley, parked the bikes and hiked for 30 minutes to pulio - in the course of the hike we have to fjord a river, the rio jaco: oh boy, this thing is crystal clear, large, big rocks, cool, and perfect for swimming. there are some small cliffs you can launch from - i can't wait to go back just for the ride and the swim. he also tells me there are some big colored fish there, maybe peacock bass. after Mass, we hiked back, crossed the river on a 40 foot tree that had fallen down, and then raced back to town (i won, but i was on a 175 and he only had a 125, so i better win. i might start wearing a helmet (sorry mom)...can't wait for some of you to come down here to show you these tremendous views and climbs and rivers...


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