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

i'm heading out for my anual retreat tomorrow, so please keep me in your prayers. i'll be back in two weeks.

we've had problems in the past knocking down coconuts from this 50 foot tree in the back yard. we've climbed it, but it's current height and angle of growth have made it too dangerous. so, fr murphy and i tied a hatchet to a rope and threw the hatchet at the coconuts, but with a school in the landing area this became too dangerous as well. so, as we were examining these enormous coconuts yesterday we came up with the idea of setting up a 16 foot ladder and then building a ladder right onto the tree from that point. it's a little scary at the top, but more than sturdy enough to pick the 8 pounders safely.


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