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 really needed some quiet prayer tonight, so i left for the 7 pm Mass early. i got to the church in pedro santana about 615 and there were people moving around and making a racket. i went and sat down in the sanctuary and the din continued. about 630 the deacon came to check the tabernacle and i knelt down. the noise ceased. he closed the tabernacle, i sat back down, the babel resumed. i then decided to kneel and the hubbub dissipated. it appears that as long as i am kneeling the people will remain quiet. they must think that i can only pray on my knees, or perhaps that's where God wants me so He quiets them down only then. either way, the solution appears to have been found.


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