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

it's a foggy morning here. almost wintery. as you all in northern va prepare for yet another massive mid-atlantic weather disappointment, we will enjoy 85 and sunny by midday. it is nice to have some chilly wet weather though.

advent continues to speed by with its usual alacrity. we began a retreat-like devotion this year: based on the O antiphons, we are doing a holy hour each night with a little homily and confessions. it's a solid theme and should get us all prepared for the big midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.

the dog was sick, he got better, then decided to jump out of the back of the truck yesterday while we were going 40 kph. i stopped the truck when the people in the back yelled, got out, whistled, and he came running - i think he's too stupid to realize that he should have been hurt...


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