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

this lent we decided to begin what will hopefully be a long-standing tradition: the soup dinner after friday stations. the idea is to have everyone who prays the stations on friday evening sit down afterwards and eat a simple bread and soup dinner, and then offering some sort of alms, thus tackling the three classic penances of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving with one thrown stone.

last week we had over 100 people attend the soup dinner after praying stations, so things seem to be well, except for the fact that the alms were less than 100 pesos. i guess 2 out of 3 ain't bad...


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