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

it's 0530 and i'm getting ready to head up to the center to say Mass for the americans who are helping build the pole barn and it's raining. that's correct, your eyes do not deceive you, it is raining, as in water falling from moisture laden clouds. i've been here almost 10 months and it's never rained before 2 pm. perhaps this is God's way of keeping me from spending 5 hours pounding zinc sheets into the roof...


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