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'm telling ya, it can't get much better than this: i'm munching on a still-hot-from-the-pan potato chip, waiting to give a talk to 50 kids from the youth group about confession, then sitting down to a grilled bacon cheese hotdog with fr murphy. man, life is almost too good, but it is the feast of st. Andrew...

back safe and sound, with the exception of a few bumps and bruises...

check out the expression of the little girl on the back of my brother's motorcycle:

chris and i are departing for the mountains - we'll report back in on wed. adios.

as my mother has reminded me, it has been a while since the blog has been updated.

so, the newsworthy items here at the mission are as follows:

my brother is coming for a visit today. we're heading out on the longest motorcycle trip possible within the mission boundries. the road has been expanded but no one has used it yet, so we'll test it out on monday.

we have a nice 13.5 pound turkey for thanksgiving. my brother will have the honor of the slaughter and plucking.

the school roof is finally done - thank you all who sent money down to help repair it.

we're thinking of starting a small vocational/technical school next year. we'd need to re-claim one room which the high school is using, but it's still in the contemplative stage.

Mass attendance has increased and the new all morning sunday Mass schedule is a dream.

the pig delivered 10 new piglets, the dog in the center 4 puppies, the cat might be pregnant.

i'm headed out to pomito today celebrate Mass - fr murphy has done an 8 week catechism class with the people there, so i am looking forward to seeing their progress.

hopefully we'll keep the blog cranking during my brother's visit.

here is a picture of the patients house that is being re-done. we use it to dorm and feed the haitians that come over for medical attention. the guy who is pouring the cement lost his son to cancer, so it's an automatic 9 day wait before he starts working again...

check this out. 100 men spent 3 days digging it out, and it's still stuck:


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