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

the bell rang at 0520 and we headed out in the yearly procession of st francis at the beginning of the novena. we'll spend the next 9 days in a festive mood here in banica, with noise pollution growing day-by-day.

here's the group on the way up to the base of the cave:


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