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 great office clean and reorganization has commenced. i intend to have every cable off the deck and nothing on the desk when i depart. i have informed fr. jack that it will be equivalent to a "surgical clean room" by saturday night. he laughed. i think he's upstairs laughing still...if you were inclined to look up "bittersweet" in the dictionary you would find this definition: life in banica. for instance, in the process of prepping the office for my departure today i needed two nails to hang a power strip on the side of a table. the only nails i could find had enormous heads, which required that i take the leatherman and break them off until they would fit in the gaps in the back of the powerstrip - 15 minutes re-sizing nails...

by the way - i will be celebrating 14 Masses from now until sunday morning. let me know if you need any intentions, cause i have a few extra.


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