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

so i'm sitting in my office on tuesday and stephen kirby walks in and says, "uh, father, your dog got hit by a truck."

"which one?"

"bernabe. you see, he was following me on my bike and was fighting with 3 dogs and then the truck hit him."

"is he alive?"

"i think so."

so, up i ride on my motorcycle to the entrance of town, with people pointing me along the way, and find my dog all beat up and sitting against a wall. i finally got him mounted on my motorcycle and drove him home, all bloody and panting. after various remedies including the application of warm salt water and burnt orange juice and children's aspirin it looks like he'll make it through.

you'd think after having been whacked twice he would have learned by now, but as someone so wisely put it, "well, he's been hit three times now and lived, so he'll never die if he gets hit by another."

in parish news, the school enrollment is at 167 and we are now in immediate preparation for the beginning of the great patronales, which begins bright and early at 0600 on monday morning with the procession of st francis and Holy Mass for Our Lady of Mercedes.


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