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

generator's provide power when the government can't, but only when they have access to fuel. i have tried and tried to explain this to people, but for some reason they can't seem to get it: the generator we have at the parish center was on yesterday as we were cleaning and checking water/power systems for the arrival of the 24 man medical team. some knucklehead completely closed the air valve on the tank, thus cutting off the diesel. there are very few things more frustrating in life that re-priming a diesel generator. take off the filter and fill it, prime the small filter, crank it up. wait for sufficient suction to develop. have some kid loosen instead of tighten the filter. get sprayed with diesel fuel like a ballplayer cracking open a shaking champagne bottle. re-tighten and start over. finally get it working and try to explain the point of the air valve on the fuel tank. go home and shower. unsuccessfully try to clean off diesel fuel. man, what a pain. but at least it's working...i think i'm gonna buy a big old tank so we don't have these issues anymore...


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