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

happy thanksgiving.

the bird is on the smoker and things are progressing well for a 15 person dinner.

below you'll see my brother and two nephews on the overlook outside of the cave.

below you will see the happy couples. their weddings have spurred on the rest of the folk and we have two more scheduled for next month.

we are in full swing for thanksgiving. my brother and two of his boys will be down tomorrow for a couple of days of visiting the campos, hiking, taking in a river trip and a big thanksgiving dinner.

today i will celebrate 1 baptism, 3 marriages, and 2 Masses. the marriages will take place in rincon grande arriba, with the couples combining for a whopping 110 years together without having been married in the Church. obviously, this marriage prep process has taking a while and after more than 4 years of discussions the happy couples have all decided to finally make a commitment...

electricity is back. well, it was back and then if left, but at least we had a good 10 hours or so.

the road has been temporarily fixed. just a few slow spots, but everything can know get out here.

we're taking a big yucca and plantain collection on thursday and plan on sending a big truckload to the displaced and homeless.

so, all things being equal, things are just about back to equal.

time for some good news:

we had electricity for about 10 minutes, that means the main line is fixed.

it appears as if the road is now passable.

we sent, via dave kirby and his 2.5 army truck, 30,000 servings of dry soup to the needest of the suffering.

the real damage will be the impact on agricultural production. some people are claiming destruction rates of 80%, which will make things scare, especially since we're entering the dry season. so, pray that the crops can recover.

the bad news update continues:

67 dead

62,428 out of their homes

30+ still missing

still no electricity

still no way to get to the capital from our diocese unless you want to take the northern route through the mountains, which requires a serious vehicle and is impassible to the big rigs.

our diocese has been the hardest hit, but we are organized and working. keep up the prayers.

food is becoming short as everyone is hoarding and so much of the local produce was destroyed on the big farms. so, until the road gets fixed things will be in short supply throughout the southern region, including banica. it's a good thing we just received a case of spam light on the latest sea-can...

otherwise, life is rather dull, since the secretary of education cancelled all classes until next week and people are entering the "6 days without electricity" depression that sets in after a while.

i'll keep you informed.


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