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

my lament of yesterday having ended and my verve having returned with a vengance, i began a rewiring of the church lights this morning after Mass. some einstein wired the spotlight which shines on the pulpit above a ceiling fan, so as the fan rotates this shadow passes over the lectionary - the thing makes me dizzy. anyway, i'm standing on a ladder with one arm draped around a rafter and the other holding a cordless drill when this kid says "hey jefe, the jefe is here." i look down and standing twenty feet below me is the bishop and the secretary to the apostolic nunciature. sure. so, clothed in a white clerical shirt and black pants, covered in dust and cobwebs, sweat pouring down my face, and a drill in one hand, i climb down and shake the bishop's hand and introduce myself to the secretary. at least i was in the church working and not playing dominoes...


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