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

in yet another case of pride or carelessness or perhaps both, i neglected to mention the arrival of the latest volunteer: miss josepha tlaxcala arrived from puebla, mexico last week and will be concentrating on the teaching of the faith for the next 6 months or year or however long God decides to keep her here. in case you might wonder about the necessity of importing someone from mexico to teach in the dominican frontier, today offers a perfect case:

arriving in la palma i ask the people how religious ed is going.
"the catechist is gone. she lives in the capital." perfect.
pressing forward, i ask, "well, who here knows how to read?" out of the twenty or so people one raises his hand. and he's 80.
so, i take advantage of the situation by saying, "there is your new catechist," and point to josepha. we worked out a schedule and she is ready to go.

i'll get a picture of her in action soon...


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