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

i've been promising a pic of the side garden for a while. here is anardo doing a little cleaning. these bananas are not sold anywhere in america (as far as i know). they have a sweet, yet slightly citrus-like taste to them. they should be ready in the next couple of weeks. afterwards, the shoot that has the bananas is cut down, and one of the offshoots will then produce. so, each shoot produces one time and is cut down. meanwhile, new shoots spring up and the cycle continues:


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