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

your old friend martyr makes another appearance in the blog - he met us unexpectedly at a house along the road to Mass this morning and informed us that the usual way to the chapel was blocked and we'd have to take an "alternate" route, which he said "isn't a problem for the motorcycles." when i told him to get on, he shrugged and said, "no, i can run." i said, "get on, it'll be faster." so down we plunged, down, and down and down over nasty loose rocks (really they were small boulders) until the hairs on both of our heads were standing straight up (well, i guess mine always are). the climax of this detour was a ghastly super steep embankment that abruptly terminated at the river which we had to cross. as we approached the final descent, the rear wheel glissaded down towards the river and we found ourselves cascading sideways towards a plunge into the rio tocino. luckily, i got the thing headed downhill after we smashed a rock and we made it without soaking ourselves. his response, "told you it wasn't a problem..."


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