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

back safe and sound. i'm getting too old to be sleeping on the ground.

all went well, except for the massive downpour that left my mule and i utterly soaked and cold.

here is the view out of the door of the chapel where we slept - the fog below slowly rises from the river that winds through the mountains:


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