I love the Spanish missions. My husband and I stopped at Capistrano on our great trip west and coast from SD to Seattle. The plants/roses/geraniums in pots were so big and healthy and lovely - not much winter in Capistrano. I think we saw some swallows - it was early May 1969. I remember the Standard (I think) gas station built in Mission style. That was when Lady Bird wanted to beautify the mundane.
I have Catholic heritage and I believe, if I believe in anything, in Catholic education and good motives and I wonder if 'some' good was done by the missions. San Antonio has four or five including the Alamo. We were there on a different trip.