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 got to practice standard first aid today in a big way: returning from the capital we happened upon a three-car accident. one of the cars was completely trashed and the three passengers were still in it - it took us about ten minutes to get the girls (all about 20 years old) out of the car and wash and clean them. i then organized the men hanging around to move their car out of the way - the girls, two of whom needed medical attention were then wisked off to the hospital by a small minibus that was driving by and we left. what a great country - just about every person who passed by stopped and asked to help - guess you don't actually need a law to be a good samaritan in this country...


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