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

There are some of you who might be under the impression that we here in the missions have forgotten what it feels like to be numb in one's extremities due to low temperatures, I can assure you this is not the case. I had a nice motorcycle ride to church this morning in 53ºF weather. This may be a record for us in Bánica during the Fr. Gee/Fr. Murphy era. I can only imagine that my poor mountain communities must have experienced the low 40s. Fortunately, Sr. Gracia along with the Diocese of San Juan had a winter coat project this fall. So, they should be warm and stylin'.


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