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 have just one question for you all: is it possible for the people who plan large outdoor Masses to trust that the Mass can carry itself? why all the extra stuff? why the seemingly perpetual drivel, blabber, blather, drool, gabble, prate, prattle, and twaddle? doesn't the Mass suffice? can't it be a solemn celebration? can't we dance after Mass instead of during? okay, that's more than one question, but boy, another one of these all day diocesan Massathons and i might go crazy...that's enough, i've vented. time to get back to the devotional piety of the patronales here in town...i'll be back tomorrow with pictures.


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