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 entire mission has erupted with the news that my parents will be coming down for a visit. now, normally i would clean up my room and get a haircut, but, all things being considered, a quick clean and chop won't do. this is the first time a priest's parents have visited the mission, at least according to local knowledge, and it is only fitting that we spit-shine the place for them.

therefore, today we hoist up our trousers and begin the grand cleaning - my parent's trip down has become the perfect excuse/motivation to tend to those small, albeit hassling, odd jobs around the house. so, it's up on the ladder to clean the ceilling fan. get on the roof of the shed and clear off the debris. things like that.

nonetheless, we have a big week planned for mom and dad. pray they have a safe flight and trip down, i'll keep you all posted on the doings, including the preparation of the big turkey!!


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