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

as i stopped to survey a potential chapel site in rincon grande arriba, a boy walked down the road and sat under the tree where i had parked the motorcycle. he was holding a 12 inch section of sugar cane in his hand. still sitting on the bike, i asked him how he was doing. he opened his mouth, inserted the 1" thick sugar cane, chomped down, chewed for a moment, said, "aren't you the bishop?", and continued chewing. i looked at him for a moment and said, "no". he chewed some more and said, "what are you?" i said, "a priest". he continued to chew. i sat up, started the motorcycle, and left.


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