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

today, after dealing with a loon at Mass who felt the need to hoot and make comments at 7 am, followed by a bit more dentistry, we bought a goat for the doctors and the rest of the crew. we left it in the yard and then had a solemn slaughtering. i video taped it, but despite any bribes and pleas, it's not fit for general viewing. more fascinating than the actual killing was the reaction of the people around, from the boisterous laughter of the natives to the silent shock of the american teenage girl. tomorrow we will have it for lunch, which will be, needless to say, interesting...


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