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

well, things here in banica are interesting:

to wit - the local public school teachers have been on strike for 8 out of 11 days because of the politically influenced appointments of the new teachers, i.e. the teachers for the reigning political party are getting the good jobs and the ones from the other political parties are getting the shaft. at least enrollment is up at san francisco javier!

we haven't had water in the pipes for 2 months. they brought in the new pump, plugged it in, and promptly burned it out, so we're waiting on another pump.

fr murphy and i traveled to thomassique, haiti today to check on the new clinic that medical missionaries is building and he hit a bit of mud:


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