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’re back! We’re all back. I apologize for any insinuation that our cat Gaebo had been eaten by locals. Not that such a custom is unheard of, but miracles of miracles, this cat of ours shows up after a full two month absence. He left us to go courting, but he left with a bum paw, so after a week I figured he was a goner. The MIA moniker I assigned him wasn’t far from accurate. I would have been more right to say that he was a POW. When he returned to us. He was nothing be skin and bones. He was covered in scars and had a two inch bald swath around his caller; as if he had been tied up. So, we can only assume, he broke free of his bondage and made a break for it. It must have been some distance judging by the calluses on his pads. Where was he? We can only speculate. But interestingly, just as I was ready to indict to locals of cat eating, they are all ready to indict the Haitians for this unlawful bondage. Who knows? But his happy return, coincidentally, occurred the day after my parish began its novena to St. Joseph, in preparation for the feast we are celebrating today. So, Happy St. Joseph’s Day to all!


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