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

yesterday before Mass in pilon, i noticed something odd about the setup - the altar was stationed in between seven fighting cocks all tied to the posts. so, as i sidled down the hill to take a shot, these three little girls tromped over and sat down looking at me with my camera. so here you have it, three young ladies in the foreground, with just a glimpse of the altar and the roosters in the the way, the cocks sang throughout the beginning of Mass, but at the consecration they closed their beaks, creating an eerie silence as i elevated the Host...


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