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

i had to endure yet another all day diocesan talk-a-thon. i forgot to mention that at the last one there were 500 people and we left a little early due to physical issues caused by boredom. unfortunately, the bishop called for me to stand up to introduce me to the whole diocese and i was not there...fortunately, today's was much smaller, but it didn't really matter: we spent 3 hours discussing topics like how many trees might be planted throughout the diocese before the end of the year. well, after 3 hours we broke for lunch and fr jack said, "man, that's it, we gotta get outta here." so we headed for the truck, but the bishop happened to move right up the path. he saw us and said "wait, the meeting's not over" as another priest was driving out." we thought we were doomed to another two hours. however, God was with us, as the nun who accompanied us started talking to the bishop and when she got to the truck she said, "that's it, let's go." who am i to argue with a nun?


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