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

don't know if i'll have time to post before i head out tomorrow morning, but i would like to ask everyone to pray for me the next couple of weeks as i go on my anual silent retreat. i'll certainly be praying for all of you - see you in a couple of weeks for my 2 year anniversary down here (may 1).

we finally have some baby turkeys. here are seven of the nine, the other two didn't want to be corralled for the picture. with some good care and feeding, they should be dinner size in about 6-8 months...

i can't remember if i told you all that we got a cat to hunt the rats and mice. well, here she is, being carried by the dog...

watching full spanish language coverage of the funeral of the holy father. praying that the electricity holds out.

(edit: praying for the holy father too...)

much of life is based on one's relative position (einstein was kinda big on that): i.e. i told my good friend last night that it had rained, and he said he was sorry. i had to explain to him, who lives in northern virginia, that we had not had a single drop of rain in 4 months and that nothing could have given us greater joy...God is good.

RIP John Paul II

we slow-tolled the bells one clang for each year of his pontificate.

there will be no dancing during the 9 days of mourning.

he was the only pope many of us ever knew.


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