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

Merry Christmas.

almost happy new year.

winter has definitely descended upon the mission - cold and foggy this morning. we made it through the firrst half of the season just fine, and yesterday two choir girls and i developed a chant for the Gloria so we can actually sing the proper words. it's set to be unveiled this sunday. it might be a little bit of a struggle at first, but we'll get it.

in other news, an army capitan was arrested for heading the largest drug operation on the island - that's right, he was in the military. as a matter of fact, military intelligence had suggested he be removed a couple of years ago and the president sent a personal note saying that not only was he to be retained, but promoted. so, after the good old usa comes down with the dea and gets on the case, they bust a truck with 1,400 kilos of cocaine with a street value of 30 million. it's a nasty bit of business down here. just hope the usa gets him extradited, otherwise he might get off....


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