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

i can't believe that i haven't written anything since wednesday. wow. thursday i spent picking up 24 doctors, nurses, and engineers and their 60 bags and 10 million in medication without the help of the department of health. only the grace of God gave me the words necessary to finagle the people at the airport to let every bag through without even opening one...friday i spent morning saying Masses, then trying to get half of said people out of here and into haiti. this morning i did the same and finally sent half of them into haiti - some of which were walking to thomassique and got to take this great ferry across the river which separates the two countries:

i must admit that logistics are not my strong point, and since i can't have a dominican who doesn't speak english handle all of it i get thrust into the middle of it. heck, my dad was a surface warfare officer, not a supply guy. oh well, no one has starved or been dehydrated...they will be here until friday i think...we are planning on taking the first ever motorcycle ride into thomassique on monday morning - it should be interesting....


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