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 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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