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

We lost a sow last night. She gave birth to six piglets, but apparently that wasn't all she had and the ones that didn't see the light of day took her from us. I don't claim to understand this part of animal husbandry. Cats seem to be alot easier. Our not yet year old kitten, Squeeky, delivered three this afternoon. Mother seems fine. She even made sure to lead me to her intended spot to give birth an hour before. I guess that means she expects breakfast promptly at her new location.


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