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

yesterday i walked through the office and saw this pretty dominican woman, about 30 years old, talking to the secretary. i said hello and continued on my way. about 2 hours later i strolled back through and she was sitting in a chair looking grim, hands folded across her lap with a manilla folder underneath. i asked her what the problem was and she told me that she needed a baptismal certificate so she could get married. the rest of the conversation went like this:

"so, are you getting married in the church?" i ask.
"no," she replies with a laugh, "it's a contract marriage."
"really, what's the deal?" i say, laughing in return.
"well, for 10,000 american dollars we marry and i never so much as kiss him. he's a big fat guy."
"really, who's paying whom?" i inquire.
"i'm paying him so i can get a visa and usa residency."

at this point everyone in the office is just looking at us. this 33 year old dominican lady has somehow come up with $10,000 american and is going to marry this fellow.

"you're paying him?!?" i ask with a grin.
"ten thousand dollars?" i add as my grin grows.
"heck, i'm american, i'll marry you for 8,000 right now..."

poor thing, we never did find a baptismal record...


Powered by Blogger

© 2006 The Missions: San Francisco and San José |