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

right during the beginning of my homily at this campo yeasterday, this woman walks into the little chapel and starts looking for a seat and talking. so i say, "take this seat" - the woman sitting next to her gives me the old "whirl the finger around the ear" crazy sign. she does it about ten times to make sure i know that this woman is crazy. then, during the beginning of the Eucharistic Prayer, while everyone is sitting or standing and basically twiddling their thumbs, crazy woman crawls on all fours up to the foot of the altar and kneels with her head bowed until the end of the consecration. after the memorial acclamation she gets up and leaves. i thought to myself "maybe she's the only one who's not crazy"...


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