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

yesterday i was sitting in my office and was informed that there was a man at the door. i got up, walked to the door and presented myself to the well dressed dominican. he introduced himself and said that he lives in las matas (about 45 minutes away) and he comes to banica once a year for a simple reason. he handed me an envelope and told me that he wanted to make a donation. that's correct, he wanted to MAKE a donation. after the paramedics revived me, i thanked him and went back into my office.


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