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

it is difficult to pray here. not that i can't pray, but the noise level disturbs any sort of serious meditation and/or contemplation. it doesn't matter where you are in this country, there is always a rooster crowing or a dog barking or a bar with loud music blaring or a motorcycle revving or a truck honking or people in church talking. since glass windows do not exist out here, and doors and windows have to be left open to prevent suffocation and melting, there truly is no escape. perhaps my brain will acclimate itself to the din in a few months. perhaps i can overcome the spiritual nausea caused by the aural overload, only time and grace will tell. spiritually it is a small dark night without that silence, so maybe someone can send me some ear plugs.

in blog news, i joyfully report over 5,000 hits to the blog. keep up the good work. and, if all goes as planned, the internet will be up and cranking with bandwidth to spare in within the week (i think i said that last week as well, so don't hold your breath)


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