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

after a chilly 30 minute ride up the road followed by a scorching 30 minute walk from 1700 to 2300 feet, we arrived at la cueva, (which means the cave, of which there is none, but that's neither here nor there) and i celebrated Mass in perhaps the most beautiful outdoor setting imaginable - under the shade of a mango tree on well swept dirt, facing east as the sun climb higher in the sky, overlooking an enormous green valley, set against the backdrop of an undulating mountain range, these people received me as one of their own - the collection totaled 10 ripe juicy mangos...


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