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

a young girl approached me this morning and said, "padre, i want to talk to you about something."

"speak," i said.

"well, i want a scholarship to your school."


"well, i'm in fifth grade, and i think i passed into sixth grade. i'll find out tomorrow and bring you my report card. anyway, i have a cousin who is stupid, i mean really stupid, and he went to your school this year and now he's smarter than i, so i want to go to your school so i can learn."


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