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

for those of you concerned:

the haitian rebels, led by the seemingly ruthless chamblain, have taken the city of hinche, which is about 15 miles as the crow flies from our peaceful little town. for the first time in history, people here are actually thankful that the haitian roads are as bad as can be imagined, making the 15 mile trip into a 4 hour adventure by 4-wheel drive. having said that, the rebels aren't leaving any time soon. they have cleverly begun taking cities and towns from the north-western to north-eastern end of the island and are slowly cinching the noose around port-a-prince. they have also taken to parading throught the streets, rallying the locals to their cause. and the fact of the matter is that it's not too tough to rally someone against a president who has provided little to no support over the last 9 years...all of that notwithstanding, it's more of an inconvenience than a danger to us, and currently prohibits us from taking any trips to hinche...


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