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

before we get to the excitement of the beginning of the patronales, i have to show you what greeted me on my stairwell at 5:20 am: i'm hoping some of you can identify this beast. the little "tail" is actually a stinger. and those beady black eyes move around like a kaleidoscope...


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