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

some priests have the unusual grace of cancellation. that is, they have meetings get cancelled with great frequency. i have the unusual grace of meeting multiplication. that is, i have meetings get stacked when i didn't realize i had one in the first place. (hecklers take note, i do keep track of these things, it's not my end that has the issues.) in any event - today, as i was putting on my backpack to head out to Mass, the parish secretary walked up to me and said, "someone just radioed in, no Mass in cercadillo, they all have somewhere to go today." even my cancellations stink. "somewhere to go"? needless to say, i am struggling with how to handle the situation. one part of me says, "hey that's life." the other says, "they get Mass once a month and they had somewhere to go? they don't have anything out there but goats and beans, where could they possibly go? it's time to read them the charitable riot act." who knows what will happen next, but that was a first for me...


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