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

noah must have struggled in his attempts at community prayer while on the ark: these fine people schooled me on the husbandry of chickens, goats, pigs, doves, guinea hens, and cattle; all of which were present for today's Mass in caujuilito. this beast decided to enter the make-shift sanctuary at the beginning of Mass. the woman in the yellow shirt grabbed a 2 foot long 2x4 and stared him down for a minute. as their eyes locked in a stare down worthy of a john wayne western, with neither relenting, she drew first and started walloping him with the board until he decided to leave. about 4 minutes later two guinea hens decided to rough it up at the edge of the dirt nave. the young lady in the pink shirt reached down to put a stop to the fowline altercation. however, as she picked up one bird, they both rose, united in combat. with their beaks were locked together, she spun them around and around and around and eventually one of them released its grip and the next thing i know there is a punch-drunk guinea hen at the foot of the altar. even i had to more important news, congratulations to bob and julie stanton on the birth of avila marie.


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