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 haven't blogged in quite a while, but not for lack of desire, just a lack of something different to blog.

we've had 9 solar panels stolen in the last 3 weeks, 6 the first time and 3 more a couple of nights ago. i had alerted both the police and the military and everyone had been on full alert. i'm certain the landscape had been scoured in search of the culprits, but no one had been found. this morning, however, an army guy came in and told me that in his personal investigation he had found two guys who he thought were guilty. the dialogue went as follows:

"padre, what should we do with them?"
"throw them in jail and let justice do its work," i respond.
"should we beat them?"
after the shock wore off i told him "no please don't beat them, but don't be afraid to use force to bring them in, but only what's necessary"
"good, i don't like beating people"

so off he went to apprehend the crooks. about an hour later he comes back and says, "we got them."
"did you beat them?"
"no, it went smoothly."
"did they admit that they took the panels?"
"well, we asked on and he said 'i didn't steal the panels, i stole a goat."


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