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

today marks the first time in 8 years that i have not awakened at 4:30 am to sing the mañanitas to the Virgen of Guadalupe. so, i took it upon myself to play them loudly after Mass. sure, i'm singing like a madman, but they soon figure it out and join in...i also got out the hammer-drill and hung this up (i'm so sick of people asking me who it is that when they do i just belt out "cielito lindo" as loudly as i can and they figure it out:


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