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

last night around 9:30, with my throat totally parched, i decided to get a little gatorade and hit the sack. much to my dismay, someone had locked the kitchen door. i tried 30 keys, none of which worked. as i was fumbling around i was getting thirstier and thirstier and i would not be denied. the only option other than breaking the door in half, which i did contemplate briefly, was to take the pins out of the hinges. so there is was, 10 pm, on my knees in the dark with the spiders trying to loosen overly painted hinge pins. i finally hammered free the last pin and ripped the door off. gatorade never tasted so good...


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