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 hate to be redundant, but i can't stand the capital - i left here at 5:20 am and returned at 5:45 pm. after buying 15,200 pesos worth of notebooks, pens, erasers, and pencils that we give to all the kids who can't afford them, we had to tie it all down for fear of miscreants swiping them from the back of the pickup while we were stopped at red lights. this was only after i had to lay into the bank people because they wouldn't accept the signature on my check, which was my signature since i am the signee on all the checks: they made me sign it again on the back after i had signed it on the front while they were viewing the signature on a computer screen and looking at the identical signature in my passport. i almost went ballistic, but held my temper in check, albeit barely. brother, it's good to be back in the frontier...


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