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 time for some star and dog awards - they will be given out periodically for those items which excel and those which don't - a total of 5 stars may be handed out:

sat phone (globalstar handheld) - clearly a five star winner - crystal clear connection, keeps me posting to the blog, and the battery life is fantastic. when the new model comes which allows me to use it like a regular phone, i will re-evaluate. this thing works anywhere it can see the sky. a true winner.

gps unit (garmin vista) - 4.5 stars. i was amazed that when i booted her up in the capital that she had a base map of all major dominican roads. the reason she doesn't receive 5 stars is that she had some super-small haitian towns on her but not banica. she now has most of the parish, and for the first time we can make a scale map of the parish when i finish.

mp3/4 player (5-gig apple ipod) - 5 big stars - what other music player can hold 1000 songs, fit in the front pocket of the clerical shirt and not miss a beat while flying down rocky roads on a moto? also, the one-handed operation allows me to control things without letting of the gas. in addition, when the itrip is hooked up, she works in any car with a radio. a technical wonder.

mountain shoes (merrill mocs) - 2 stars - dog award - maybe i need to wear them more, but these things aggrivated my achilles tendons. it might have been for the hiking itself, but they need to prove themselves a little more. traction was okay, but not super comfortable.

that's it for now, i'm going to post this and then get on the bike and say a couple of Masses

God bless.


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