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 bishop has departed - a successful trip, but lengthy...

we are now awaiting the arrival of a 24 person medical group, two translators from the capital, and a new volunteer, julia, who will teach english in the school and to the townsfolk at night.

this evening we bagan the celebration for the patroness of the country, Our Lady of Altagracia (highest grace). national holiday tomorrow for everyone but the priests...

here's a nice national geographic explorer shot of a spider taking down a cricket under a chair in my office.

what a trip - i think we hit 5,000 feet, but i've misplaced my gps, so no accuracy there other than the old internal is a nice shot from a mule's back as we traversed a ridge. way down below, our destination, is the rio joca - clear and cool.

and, before i forget, after i arrived home last night, around 8:30 pm, a woman came to me crying and told me that her pig was in jail. literally, as in under lock and key in the police station. it had gotten out and eaten the neighbor's flowers. i learned that the local fine was 100 pesos to have the pig freed from it's cell.

i'm attempting to pack for the three day mountain trip with the bishop, which will happen after first friday devotions, Mass, confessions, an episcopal district meeting, the arrival of the bishop and fr creedon, followed by the arrival of a sea-can, the arrival of two volunteers, the departure and then re-arrival of the bishop, the departure of fr murphy, and the arrival of a medical team, all surrounding the normal activities of two parishes...


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