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

this morning has dawned (well, the sun has yet to peek over the horizen, but i'm awake) with that odor which arrives in the spring in virginia - a little moist and "warm", if such may be said about a smell - that kind of morning that stirs a man's desire to fish for bass. unfortunately, i won't be fishing, but rather celebrating three Masses in three different places all for the national feast of our Lady of Altagracia (the highest grace). i have no idea what the day will bring. but the country takes two days off, yesterday and today, in order to celebrate. it's the kind of morning just loaded with anticipation and surprise - i'll make sure and fill you in on anything noteworthy.


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