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

so there i found myself in haiti two days ago, rugged roads and more rugged people to a certain extent, and annie tells me we have to tell this young lady she has cancer in her foot. annie, to make sure that everything was clear, spoke to me in english, i translated to spanish and another fellow told this girl in creole. the conversation went exactly like this:

us: "you have cancer"
her: "oui"
us: "you'll have to have some more surgery"
her: "oui"
us: "they might have to cut off your foot"
her: "oui"
us: "do you understand?"
her: "oui"
us: "do you have any questions?"
her: "oui"
us: "what?"
her: "can i bring my 7 month old baby?"
us: "oui"

she never broke a smile, nor a frown, nor a scowl, nor any other facial expression than the one you see below.


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