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

happy feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel - in honor of the feast day i went to this person's house for a rosary followed by a small procession. when i entered the house it was greeted with this magnificient sight. the whole altar stretches about 12 feet across and 8 feet high. the critical eye will notice the bells - they ring them when they approach the altar and make a request of a saint - i guess they want to make sure the saints are awake. also notice to the left a statue of a man with a beard. you can barely make out his head. i asked someone who it is and they said that it is a newly canonized lay doctor from venezuela.

after about 10 minutes of singing they pulled out these huge drums and started banging them and all the women got up and started dancing with each other. very odd. turning circles. i expected the chickens to come out for a little sacrifice. thankfully they stopped. then we embarked on a nice one hour rosary followed by a mellow procession around town. all told a very nice evening.


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