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

today's highlights: Mass, 3 sets of confessions, 3 holy hours, first friday Communion calls, and yes, a castration. you read that correctly folks - castration. the male (obviously) pig had reached the point where it was breed him or set him up for the dinner table. evidently the lack of testosterone makes for a more tender pork shoulder. so out we went, serrated kitchen knife in hand. as you all well know, i live by the the rule that if you cannot participate in the production of the product you should not use the product. so, i got my hands dirty and did my part. it was quite surgical and impressive - i'd explain the whole thing, but this is a family blog. i'm happy to report that (s)he's doing fine...

by the way, the comments have been taken down - a new forum will be up and running for those who care.


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