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

today was exciting - we woke up at 0400 for a morning serenade for fr posey. the kid playing the guitar was phenomenal. we then said goodbye to fr posey, who spend 8 years down here, 3 of them by himself. he did heroic work: started the Masses in the campos, built chapels, got the place running smoothly. then a nice holy hour, my first as pastor, Mass, breakfast, and began moving into my new room and office. it's 2100 and i still haven't made my bed...a quick trip to visit the group down from the youth of the diocese of arlington who are building a chapel, lunch, the apple world wide developers conference (they now produce the worlds fastest personal computer (64-bit), more moving and wire untangling. then i took a haitian lady who looked like she was about to disintegrate to the hospital after i anointed her, showered, ate dinner (hot dog and french fries), time for some more prayer and bed. i'll post a shot of the new office tomorrow...


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