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

just when i thought that i had nothing to blog:

riding back from Mass i see this woman and her husband. she's clearly pregnant sitting on the road. he's clearly distressed and sitting next to her. he jumps up and flags me down. so, after assessing the situation i ask her if she's in labor. she doesn't respond. he says she can't walk and sitting in a road in the sun probably isn't a good thing. so we hoist her up, side-saddle, and off i go. she starts to pass out. i reach back and try to steady her. i was trying to grab her shoulder. grabbed something else. so she's about to faint, i'm trying to drive with one hand on the accelerator, the other on her arm. her water breaks.

at this point we're about 2 minutes from the hospital. i tell her to hang on and drive into the hospital. a bunch of women scream "padre, she's going to fall," "something else is going to fall! someone get a wheelchair"

so, we wheel her in and i the doc says, "boy, she looks pregnant." "really. well, her water broke 2 minutes ago." so, we wheel her down to the delivery room. i sit down outside and take a deep breath. then the baby takes a deep breath. literally. it wasn't 1 minute after they put her on the bed that the baby was born. doc says it was already on its way out when we arrived...


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