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

happy feast of the Immaculate Conception.

being without water on a great feast like this neither hardens the heart nor depresses the soul, but it does chill the bones taking a "bath" from a bucket of frigid h2o. pray that the water comes soon - you all prayed so well that the storm would miss us that it in fact did, thus leaving my cistern dry. you were supposed to pray for a direct hit. drats.

other than that, we are preparing ourselves for a robust Christmas celebration - we're even inaugurating a midnight Mass here, we'll see what happens.


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