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

first off, i would like to difuse the rumor that i have a tapeworm and will not be returning to the mission - the "thing" i had has been evicted and i will be taking off in about 11 hours and home in 24 hours.

thanks to all who supported me during my stay in the states - it was a good break and nice to be in the states for thanksgiving.

pray i have a safe trip and i will report back upon my safe arrival.

now this tale might just make you feel that your life is pretty easy: the poor fellows who carried the casket up a nightmarishly big mountain to bury there friend arrived safely only to find out that he had already been buried - so they had to carry it all the way back down and return it....i've arrived safely in the states. this little "worm" issue has not resolved itself, so say some prayers that my stomach can enjoy all this great food.

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i'm chewing my worm pill - to bad it's not a preventative pill....

36 hours till touchdown in the great (hopefully not too fridgid) USA - that's right folks, i'm heading home tomorrow after Mass. a little family reunion, a little golf, visit some friends, deep fry a turkey, all solid events on the docket.

i have updated the Mass intentions and added the link on the sidebar - take a look through and see if you want to add some. post them in the forum and i will add them.

i don't know how much posting i'll do in the next week, so if i don't talk to you i'll be back in a 13 days (although i will see stan, stan10, and fr violette, so you never know what might happen). pray for my safe travels...

right before Mass began in tocino (about an hour north) this truck drove up and dropped off a casket. two men jumped out and removed the casket and began to lash two long branches to it. i asked them what the deal was and they told me that someone had died in la cana and they needed to carry the casket up so they could bury him. fyi - la cana is a grueling 2.5 hour hike uphill. and to think we need a cart to get from the hearse to the church...

sunday morning on the way back from Mass a wasp nearly caused me to wreck as we collided and his stinger inbedded itself deeply into my forearm. i now look like popeye after a can of spinach, but the swelling is going down finally. father hamill recommends that i surf over to epipen and check out the auto-injector. due to my isolated location and complete lack of quality emergency medical care, fr hamill believes that i am a candidate for a serious allergic reaction which could result in the premature termination of my mission...

as i walked into the bathroom to take a shower yesterday i saw this medium (2") cockroach pressed against the wall. instead of doing the normal drunken scurry to safety, he played possum. so, i just let him be. after i got out of the shower he had relocated closer to the shower, still gazing up at me. the whole thing was too kafkian for me, so i told him to go home (i assume he was a spanish-speaking roach). well, wouldn't you know it, this afternoon i entered and saw not one, but two cockroaches waiting for me. after making sure one was a boy and the other a girl (i bet you didn't know you could do that) i named them hansel and gretel and have come to the conclusion that it is indeed time for a little vacation. the ten-day countdown begins right now...

happy feast day of St. Charles Borromeo.

when i arrived at the cemetary the other day for Mass, i couldn't find anywhere to put the altar where people would be able to see me. so, the locals told me to stick it on top of a sepulchre. i was a little distraught at the idea, but i then witnessed every person there sitting on, walking on, and playing on the graves, so i figured why not:

for those of you invigilating the situation down here on a regular basis, i would like to notify you of the following: i have 34 scheduled Masses in the next 16 days, so be prepared for a serious influx of grace, which should result in a copious efflux of charity on our parts...happy feast day of All Saints...

UPDATE: i just realized something - today marks my 6th month down here at the mission. can't believe it's been that long.


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