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

i only did 60 baptisms today. had to leave 60 more undone due to the tardiness of the un-baptized. we arrived home after 3 hours on the bikes only after coaxing this 1000 steer out of the road: he had crossed the road with a rope around his neck and created a dangerous situation - we couldn't cross the without decapitaing ourselves, but he didn't want to move either. amazing what a couple of thin sticks can do to motivate such a large animal...

someone requested that the site contain a site feed, so there is a link on the side bar. for those who are interested, if you have an rss reader you can subscribe to the feed and it will notify you whenever there has been a change to the site. i haven't tried it yet, so i need to confirm that it works. maybe someone can leave a message in the forum to let me know if it's up and functioning.

all day priests meeting tomorrow. our first boxing matches on sunday too...

as hurricane jeanne dumps tons of water on florida i can't help but think that it would be nice if she could dump a little in our direction tomorrow, for, rumor has it, that i will do upwards of 80 baptisms in the mountains...

just a quick post to let you all know that everyone is fine - the mountains keep us well sheltered and drain water, unlike poor haiti, which is a mess on the north shore.

today, after attending to spiritual needs, will be spent building the desks for the school kids. the chairs were painted yesterday and we're moving in beginning this afternoon - i'm happy to report that registrations are up and should increase once we actually open the doors to the public.

keep gonaives (destroyed haitian town) in your prayers.

the skies have darkened, the wind has whipped up to about 20 knots and the rain is falling. the horizon is menacing.

will keep you posted.


what's a priest supposed to do as a small, and yet still slightly dangerous hurricane, rolls across the island pouring gobs of rain on the already too moist landscape? other than offer the new school as a hurricane shelter and offer extra confessions, i personally think he should be smoking chickens...

the school has almost risen. the smiling man is cuta, the architect, engineer, and general contractor who built it. classes start in two weeks, God Willing:

the first wave of ivanic showers has begun. looks like we'll get drilled for the next 12 hours, but never fear, for all his ferocity, ivan is shying away from hispanola and setting his sights on jamaica. we'll keep you posted, weather permitting...

ADIOS PADRE JUAN! padre juan leaves the mission after 4 years of hard work. he dedicated himself to the care of the poor and the children. God bless him in his new assignment.

well, frances has come and gone - she left a few showers and some serious heat and humidity and cloud cover, but all told, it was nice to be kissed ever so slightly by a cat 4 hurricane.

also, for those who care, the sunset tonight over the haitian mountains sent shivers down the spines of even the dominicans. red, yellow, and pink all lit up the sky both east and west and the colors shot through the clouds in different widths and degrees. sorry i didn't get a pic, but even i was slightly mesmorized by it.

pray for central florida...


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