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

these 36 manual laborers mixed 200 bags of cement in the street while our big truck made rapid trips to and from the river to bring them water in 250 gallon drums with a portable pump. they then loaded up wheel barrows full and poured it into the footings of the new school. what a process - totally efficient from start to finish. began at 0600 and finished by 1500.

the christendom kids were in a group of 13 working on a house and mixed about 10 bags in the same time, using buckets to pour the cement into plywood molds for the walls...


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