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

i departed banica on the motorcycle this morning at 8:00 wearing my mrs akers made hooded poncho, much to the amusement and confusion of the local populace. the reason i was leaving so early on a sunday morning is that we have initiated a sunday morning Mass in sabana cruz, changing the time from the previously hot and humid 4 o'clock hour. they said it couldn't be done because the people would skip out on Mass to go to the market, but when i arrived the place was already full and just got fuller and fuller. it was, far and away, the largest Mass in terms of attendance that i had celebrated in sabana cruz. and they said it couldn't be done - what do they know...


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