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

Fr. Gee’s last blog has shamed me into getting back to “blogging”. When the sense of evangelical poverty is not being lived slightly a skew and the dignity of priesthood is not being denigrated by disgraceful footwear we are most grateful to be getting around in the new Land Rover. The Defender Wagon is a blessing via the good people who support the Propagation of the Faith. This is the highest capacity vehicle that is equipped for our adverse driving conditions. Meaning, it will get its share of a monthly workout moving patients to the hospital, groups from the airport and parishioners to the obligatory diocesan functions. The Td5 Turbodiesel engine is a nice plus too.

Speaking trips, my last one to the mountains has forced me to abandon our secondary mission. Besides, spreading the Gospel and promoting the sacramental life, Fr. Gee and I are both fully committed to riding our motorcycles as much as possible. As I said, this elevated m.o. had to be left high and dry when upon returning from a night spent in the remote village of La Peña I discovered the terra firma that was the road I came in on proved less than firma. I faced a crevasse spanning 20 to 25 feet across and 12 feet deep with a seemingly tranquil stream passing through it. I guess a full afternoon of relentless rain is enough to enrage even the most serene of nature. It is an amazing site. It appears as if the most precise modern tools carved its straight smooth walls. Well, the result was a fifteen minute bike ride back to town climbing about 1,000 feet and a return trip on foot with loaded backpack and Mass kit. That is the only means in and out of town. I’m thankful that I didn’t take the Land Rover into La Peña or there would be a lot of people bumming till November; the next best bet for the bulldozer to pay a visit. Hopefully, there is a quicker remedy for my stranded bike. I’ll keep you posted.

after 6 years of moderate to heavy use, my black vans were in need of a repair job, so i added a little duct tape and they'll be good for at least another 6-10:

the kirby family has arrived! they are settling in slowly but surely. they have signed on for a two year tour of duty to help us with all communication and logistics of the 12-15 groups that come down during the year as well as take control of the center where the groups stay. however, their primary mission will be to give witness as a solid, happy, Catholic married couple and family. the people in town have warmly accepted them already. please keep them in your prayers as they begin. due to a couple of generous donors we were able to renovate the house that annie, julia, and veronica had lived in the last few years:

we're back!! yes indeed, after a two month blackout we return to the world of electronic communication.

a brief update: the new land rover has logged over 10,000 kilometers already, hurricane ernesto came through a week ago and dumped a bunch of rain on us, the cat had three kittens, the pig had seven piglets, i caught over 100 smallmouth fishing the schuylkill river with fr hamill, school starts tomorrow and the kirby famkly will be down in 2 weeks.

i'll post some pics over the next few days.

thanks for all the prayers, keep them up.


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