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

bad news folks. as the men were finishing the welding of the awning a single spark flew and the flamability of dry palm fronds was demonstrated. unfortunately, without any fire trucks all the buckets in the world couldn't keep this blaze from just completely incinerating the roof of the school.

fortunately, no one was injured, other than the coughing and headaches from the smoke we all inhaled trying to contain this beast. there must have been 100 people helping us - a massive bucket brigade indeed. we did save the bananas though. we now plan on rebuilding and we won't lose a day of classes due to the fact that we are on a three day break for the parish feast day and we can get everything cleaned up in a timely manner. the labor on the construction will be free, we just need to raise the money for the materials. so, if you have any spare quarters tucked in the sofa cushions they would be appreciated.

God did send a nice shower just as we were finishing, which was just what we needed.


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