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

well, well, well, i got 5 packages today, including homemade vacuum packed chocolate chip cookies and a helmet (which i will begin wearing tomorrow) and perhaps the most exciting thing, a football. i have always been fascinated by cultures that don't have football. i immediately took it out and went into the street with this high school pitcher and started tossing the ball. he was hurling these ducks around, much to the enjoyment of the crowd that gathered. he finally got the hang of it and we were letting it fly. then these two haitian guys walked by and watched for 5 minutes, completely fixated on the spiral flight. i asked one of the men if he wanted to try, and he said no, he just wanted to watch. there must have been 20 people just gazing at the smooth ball flight...they couldn't quite grasp the fact that it didn't hurt to catch it...


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