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

someone told me before i left that they would rather go to africa, where the real mission territory is. i agreed that this wasn't real mission territory, after all, it's a Catholic country, right? boy was i wrong. i said a Mass for these boys today and they poor fellows couldn't even say the Our Father. not a single adult bothered to show up. i delivered the schedule myself on monday. the lady who is supposedly in charge of the local community was at the haitian market.

this might be a Catholic country, but half of these boys weren't even baptized - the task is daunting - 35 of these communities exist and i realize that the parish life of the bánica and pedro santana will be similar to that of the states: for instance, i had holy hour with confessions tonight. sung the o salutaris and tantum ergo by myself, but other than that, it's just like ola. however, the evangelization of these campos is going to require a massive outreach - i need some solid catholic lay people who can get out there everyday and really do some education. any volunteers?


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