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

one thing i love about life here in the frontier is the way people just help:

today while driving to Mass i got whacked in the neck by a stinging insect. i reached down into my collar and tossed the thing out, but i knew from the pain that it had imbedded something sharp and poisonous. so, i stopped at a house, saw a young lady who i know mopping the floor, yelled over to her, she came out and i asked her to check me for any damage. she yelped and said, "oh yeah, you've got something in there." so, i asked her to remove it and she spent a couple minutes digging her fingernails into my neck until at last she removed the 1/4" stinger.


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