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

upon entering the cave, one is filled with two main senses: sight and smell - the eyes see an unique beauty, the nose, well, let's just say it smells something unique - notice the bats in the first photo - they live, eat, and do everything else in the cave...i bet the cave holds about 400-500 people - the shot from the altar gives a perspective of size. also note that the picture taken of the icon was taken in absolute darkness. we couldn't see anything, we were just crawling through this small side cave with a small flashlight and i took a picture and the icon showed up, never did see the thing in the light.

i'll fill you all in on the actual patronal feastday goings on in october...the photos are here.


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