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 waking up at 0530 and showering in the cold water, i departed for pedro santana (5 kilo's away) to celebrate Mass at 0700. i arrived around 0615 and the church was open and the women were setting up the altar, moving the flowers, and doing whatever it is that women do. i had seated myself up on the altar so as not to be disturbed by anyone, and at 0630 the church became a tomb - deadly silent. i remember looking up briefly to see what had happened and saw 20 people sitting in the pews praying - and yet not a sound resounded. for an entire half-hour i prayed in a quiet, peaceful, silent church. it has made me realize what i took for granted so often. i just hope it happens again...


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