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

the simple fact of the matter is that i enjoy pulling teeth: yesterday i pulled five out of one woman's mouth. my father taught me a long time ago that you always need the right tool for the job, and the science of dental extraction provides the perfect tool. the only step of the process i have not been granted permission to attempt is the injection phase. however, yesterday i took over as soon as this lady was well numbed until she left the chair, with a bit of coaching from the onsite doctor - it's similar to pulling a nail, but the amount of pressure required to yank some of these teeth is frightening initially, because who really cares if you mar or even crack the wood, but the jawbone is something else entirely. i finally got over my fear of applying adequate pressure and was efficiently extacting by the end of the day...

also, tropical storm claudette looks like she'll pass south of us. we'll have some cloud cover and perhaps some wind and showers, but unless she totally changes track she'll be clear of us in a day or so...


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