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

Merry Christmas! all went well here - 7 total Masses in two parishes and 5 campos.

fr murphy and i decided to take a morning off and ride to this enormous range in haiti. the people told us we couldn't get up to the top on the motorcycles, and that we'd have to walk the 1,500 vertical feet, but we had to give it a try. we made it most of the way, and only endured a couple of falls on the way down. after one such fall we could here the laughter of the people 1,000 feet below us. quite encouraging really. after making it to the top fr "eagle scout" murphy made me keep walking up the ridge in hopes of seeing something other than another range. all we saw was the range, but the view was something to behold. we could see banica, pedro santana, and los cacaos (haiti). we see this range every day and it was begging to be summited, so we finally did it.

too bad it wasn't a clearer day:


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