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's going to take awhile to adjust to this culture:

yesterday i met a guy who has, he claims, 46 children, i didn't know if i should shake his hand in congratulations or throw a low blow to stop the madness, so i didn't say/do anything.

also, after Mass yesterday afternoon, i was invited to someone's house for a little cheese and sausage, which they love down here. the kid who came with me to show me how to get to the chapel sat down at the table, and we sipped our pepsi (the things i do for international relations...) and everyone left and went outside. they just left us in the house alone, and whenever someone passed by the door they would apologize for disturbing us. we finally got up, and everyone said goodbye and thanked us for coming.

i don't quite know what to make of all this, but i'm sure you all will make something of it...


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