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

Holy Wednesday is the traditional day for our Caminata Penitencial in the parish of St. Joseph. We march from the church in Pedro Santana for about 3 miles to our chapel in Descubierta. Starting at 6:30am, we sing songs, pray the Rosary, and stop along the way saying the Stations of the Cross, to arrive a little more than 2 hours latter. We made progress this year in promoting the event to two other communities who met us in Descubierta for Holy Wednesday Mass. The only dark clouds overshadowing the event were the Mormons who were beginning a door-to-door campaign as soon as we got back to town. I’m not too worried though, if anything, it might get my people to start asking questions. See, for them, being Catholic is not something they really question. In most people’s minds it is the religion the government trusts, it’s the religion of all Dominicans, it is an institution that gives things to the needy, it’ll be there for you when you die. But, as flattering as this sentiment may be, the reality is, this won’t get them to heaven. At best, may be Protestants can get them to see there is an active choice demanded.


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