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

good news abounds: food for the poor, a Catholic aid organization, has planted its feet firmly on banican soil. they have already fixed 8 wells that were broken and today a group of 8 men arrived who will build 15 homes for people who are living in mud and stick huts. we had informed four of the five families that will receive the first five homes that they were first in line, but we hadn't decided on the fifth. so imagine what it must be like to be sitting in your yard with a half-fallen house next to you and see a priest arrive and ask if they would be able to knock down the old shack in the next hour so that the workmen could square out the area for the new house they would be receiving. i wish i'd had a camera to capture the looks on their faces.

i'll try and take some before/after shots.


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