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

the Triduum passed with grandeur and splendor and peace and joy. The church filled daily, the choir learned to sing the o salutaris and tantum ergo (with enthusiasm, i might add) and the Easter Vigil was just splendid. i couldn't be happier with the participation of the people nor the reflective silence that endured throughout all the ceremonies, until the singing of the Gloria, when the bells shattered the silence. just great.

well, i officially declare it to be hot. i have stowed mrs. aker's ponchos for the summer. pray for rain - the last thing we need here is a drought.

other than that, things continue to sail along nicely: we are finishing up the three chapels that were begun by the college students and anxiously waiting for the elections in may, which will throw the country into economic turmoil...


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