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

what a week:

we’re attempting to finish the school, which has included the building of about 50 desks, three chalkboards, painting chairs, and making 4 desks for the teachers. but we have almost finished. also, we hit a snag in the process when some knuckle-head stole my dewalt cordless drill (he didn’t, however, take the battery charger and extra battery which were sitting right next to it. a police investigation has begun). nevertheless, it looks like tuesday will be the day.

also, we are in the midst of the annual “patronales” - the preparatory novena for the parish feast day, october 4th. in honor of said novena, i am preaching on a different aspect of st francis each night and hearing confessions. the church has been just about full every night for the novena, and last night the crowd was out the door. once fr murphy and i finish hearing confessions the people take up three huge bongo drums and parade through the street in front of the church. quite a thing to hear.

so, everything is in place for the bishop to bless the school on monday in between the two Masses for the feast day - we will take plenty of pics of all events...


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