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

A neighboring parish in Restauración

I hope everyone is enjoying the snow. We don't even have local Winter Olympic coverage down here. With a year and a half worth of experience in the mission, firsts are getting rarer to come by. Today, I experienced a couple! My first midday meal with Dominicans that didn't include rice and beans, and a 35 mile one way trip to make a phone call. The trip took me outside the northern border of the parish to a town called Restauración. This town is full of trees and greenery, such a contrast to this very dry time of year in Bánica. Most remarkalbe in my mind was that as soon as I got out of my parish (of course) the road rivals Skyline Drive in beauty and quality. (Sorry, no picture--I ran out of memory stick)


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