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 spent 6 hours this morning driving around in a truck to 5 different campos (of which there are about 72) to meet the folks and see the's not bad to go to one, but all that driving stinks. however, i have lots of data in the gps and tracks throughout the surrounding area. i will have a complete map within the next few months i suspect. later on i will crunch the numbers and post some good data.

i have upgraded the phone plan so i can call, and i am working on getting the fixed phone so you people can call me. we'll see what happens, but i think i can have it down here and installed by the end of may.

our internet connection at the parish, which we take from a wi-fi across town, is down for the next week. it runs at about 80kbs, which is plenty fast, but alas it will be down, so i can't post any pictures until it gets restored. i will have some great ones for you.

the church here in banica is beautiful - built in 1514 and still going strong.

i have Mass in pedro santana tonight with a couple of baptisms, so i'll let you know how it far so good, although i will admit that as i was trying to get my room together this afternoon i found my pictures and had to put them down. alas, the first couple weeks after any change are tough that way, i suspect i will have my regular disregard of sappiness within a week or so (maybe those pink sheets are affecting me...)

so long, keep up the prayers.


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