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 three of us took off at 0700 for a 10 hour, triple Mass marathon. for those of you who think living on a caribbean island is all sun and warmth, let me tell you, it was chilly. after about 30 minutes, when we began our ascent of the mountains in earnest, we ran into a cloud. not fog, but a cloud. it slowed us down to a crawl - my father used to say that fog was the only thing that could keep the navy in port and i understand why - and the lack of windshield wipers on the goggles caused some serious visibility problems. however, as we finally made our way out of the cloud bank the world took on a new view:


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