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Mon July 24

 

I saw this with my own eyes last week - it's extraordinary! - and it's the way all nations will someday do things:
Going cashless-China cashes in as mobile payments soar

 

Here's what Australia, HK and other places can expect if the radical LGBT lobby is not opposed:
Parents stand up to unhinged pro-abortion activists at school board meeting

 

HK inmates keep silent over prison staff misconduct for fear of retaliation

 

Letter from a South African man in prison in HK for drug trafficking - here (June 30)

 

, below: yesterday's "Clayton's" typhoon

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings 
Comments welcome here     
Readings are from Simple Bible

1 Kings 4-5: Solomon enjoyed peace with all his neighbouring countries. He was blessed by God with great wisdom and understanding. He composed 3,000 proverbs and 1,000 songs. People from all nations went to hear Solomon's wisdom. Solomon made preparations for building a temple for the Lord. Hiram, king of Tyre, made a treaty with Solomon. Hiram provided wood for building the temple.
Dear God, please help all nations live peacefully with each other

My recording of this reading

 

Psalms 69-70: Save me, O God, for the waters have risen to my neck. I am sinking fast and can't keep afloat much longer. So many people hate me without cause. I have no more strength to resist them. May my situation not cause anyone to lose faith in you. May people realize that it is for your sake that I am taunted. Taunts have broken my heart. No one shows me any compassion. For food they give me poison. In my thirst they give me vinegar to drink. Lord, do not hide your face from your servant. Answer quickly for I am in distress. You are my rescuer, my help, O God. O Lord, do not delay to help me. 
O God come to our assistance. Lord make haste to help us
Recording

 

1 Thessalonians 1.1-6: From Paul, Silvanus and Timothy to the Church of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ in Thessalonika. Wishing you grace and peace. In my prayers for you, I thank God our Father for your faith in action, your work for love, and your persevering hope. When we brought the Good News to you, it came to you not just as words, but as power from the Holy Spirit. By the grace of the Holy Spirit, you accepted the Good News, despite great opposition from many quarters.
Jesus, help people accept the Good News, despite opposition

Recording



Matthew 4.12-25: After his time in the desert, Jesus began preaching the same message as John the Baptist: "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand". Jesus called four fishermen to become "fishers of men": Peter and his brother Andrew, James and his brother John. They left their boats and went with Jesus. Jesus went all round the area of Galilee, preaching in local prayer halls and healing all kinds of sick people News spread about the sick being healed, and soon even  people from distant places came to Jesus to be healed.
Jesus, please heal the people I know who are sick: (...names...)
Recording

 

Reflection on the above readings:

Many times each day we "repent" ...in the sense that we realize we're making a mistake and so we take action to do things better. e.g. "I'd better get a move on or I'll be late"; "I wasn't going to take an umbrella but after listening to the weather report I realize I need an umbrella"; "I really messed up that job/conversation/meeting. I must try to do better next time". But Jesus' "repent" goes even deeper: it involves acknowledging actions that are/were bad/harmful ...for ourselves/others ....and saying "sorry"...to God and to others....and trying to avoid those actions in the future.

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Pope's letter on climate change:  Laudato Si  
我主應受讚美
Full English text       Full Chinese text

129b: Recording  Civil authorities have the right and duty to adopt clear and firm measures in support of small producers and differentiated production. 

To ensure economic freedom from which all can effectively benefit, restraints occasionally have to be imposed on those possessing greater resources and financial power.

To claim economic freedom while real conditions bar many people from actual access to it, and while possibilities for employment continue to shrink, is to practise a doublespeak which brings politics into disrepute.

Business is a noble vocation, directed to producing wealth and improving our world.

It can be a fruitful source of prosperity for the areas in which it operates, especially if it sees the creation of jobs as an essential part of its service to the common good.

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Pope Francis: The Joy of the Gospel   
Full English text         Full Chinese text

129a: Recording  We should not think, however, that the Gospel message must always be communicated by fixed formulations learned by heart or by specific words which express an absolutely invariable content.

This communication takes place in so many different ways that it would be impossible to describe or catalogue them all, and God's people, with all their many gestures and signs, are its collective subject

If the Gospel is embedded in a culture, the message is no longer transmitted solely from person to person

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 For a few hours from about 9.30 a.m. yesterday, typhoon signal No. 8 was hoisted   ....causing churches to cancel morning services. But restaurants and McDonald's stayed open. How come churches have to "close"? If the reason is legal liability, don't the restaurants also have liability? And once again the typhoon signal was a storm in a teacup....a false alarm...almost no rain and not much wind. I guess the weather bureau forget to tell the Good Lord that No. 8 was up!?

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Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day:

Sun: Africa 
Mon: Europe, Russia
Tues: South Asia  
Wed: East Asia 
Thurs: S.E. Asia, Pacific 
Frid: South America
Sat: Cent, N. America   
  
Jesus, today, Monday, please bless the people of Europe & Russia

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:
On this 24th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Inner Mongolia

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month: 
On this 24th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of Zambia

And praying for one
Islam-related intention each day of the week:

Jesus, today,
Monday, please pacify I.S.

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Sun July 23

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What "gay marriage" did to Massachusetts (original English video)
and now a special Cantonese version for HK
同志婚姻立法後,自2004年 美國麻省的改變 ( 廣東話附字幕版)

 

    Fr Francis Ching, the priest who can't read

 

A really important article - relevant to all countries - by George Monbiot:
Missing Link
How a secretive network built around a Nobel prizewinner set out to curtail our freedoms

 

  Today, 3pm, monthly prayer meeting for the sick, at St Paul's Yau Ma Tei. Everyone welcome. Previous photos

 

below, story about a happy encounter last night!

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings 
Comments welcome here     
Readings are from Simple Bible

c.f. readings for Sunday 16

Wisdom 10-19: Wisdom has been present in the world since the beginning of time. Wisdom has always been a close friend of good people. Wise people see God in the beauty of creation. Foolish people are blind to God's presence in creation. Wise people ponder God's goodness and kindness. Wise people  try to be good and kind to other people.
Lord, please help me see and imitate your goodness and kindness

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 86: Turn your ear, O Lord, and give answer for I am poor and needy. O Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of love to all who call to you. All the nations shall come to adore you and glorify your name, O Lord, you who alone are God. Show me, Lord, your way, and guide my heart so that I may walk in your truth. I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart for your love to me has been great. O give your strength to your servant and save your handmaid's son.
Dear Lord, thank you for all your love

Recording

 

Romans 8.26-29: When we are not sure of what to say in prayer, we ask the Spirit to pray in us. We know that by turning everything to their good, God blesses everyone who loves him. God the Father wants us to become living images of his Son, so that his Son will be the eldest of many brothers and sisters. 
Jesus, brother Jesus, please help me to be more like you
Recording


Matthew 13: Jesus told the people another story: The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. An enemy came and sowed weeds in the same field. When the good seed sprouted, so did the weeds. The man's servants asked if they should get rid of the weeds. "No", said the man, "you might damage the good seed if you do that. Let them both grow till harvest time. Then burn the weeds." Then Jesus explained his story: "I am the sower. The field is the world. The good seed stands for people of good will. The weeds stand for people of bad will. The enemy is Satan. At the end of the world, the Son of Man will send his angels to sort out the good and the bad people. Bad people will go to hell.  Good people will go to heaven".
Jesus, please protect good people from bad people

Recording

 

 Reflection on the above readings: 

Pope Francis' words about the weeds in today's Gospel - good for parents/teachers etc:An evangelizing community is always concerned with fruit, because the Lord wants her to be fruitful. It cares for the grain and does not grow impatient at the weeds. The sower, when he sees weeds sprouting among the grain does not grumble or overreact. He or she finds a way to let the word take flesh in a particular situation and bear fruits of new life, however imperfect or incomplete these may appear(Joy of the Gospel, No. 24)


Video commentary on today's readings - in Italian with English, Chinese and Spanish subtitles

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Pope's letter on climate change:  Laudato Si  我主應受讚美
Full English text       Full Chinese text

129a: Recording  In order to continue providing employment, it is imperative to promote an economy which favours productive diversity and business creativity.

For example, there is a great variety of small-scale food production systems which feed the greater part of the world's peoples, using a modest amount of land and producing less waste, be it in small agricultural parcels, in orchards and gardens, hunting and wild harvesting or local fishing.

Economies of scale, especially in the agricultural sector, end up forcing smallholders to sell their land or to abandon their traditional crops. 

Their attempts to move to other, more diversified, means of production prove fruitless because of the difficulty of linkage with regional and global markets, or because the infrastructure for sales and transport is geared to larger businesses

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Hour of Love HK radio program 8.30 pm HK time tonight - with items about HK prison inmates

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  Last night after Mass at St Paul's Yau Ma Tei I stopped on the way home at a nearby clinic where many drug users can be found. Two of them had been recently released from detention and had declined an offer from St Stephen's Society to help them. As I again encouraged them to go to St Stephen's drug treatment centre, who should suddenly appear ....but a band of volunteers from....St Stephen's! The Good Lord sure has a sense of timing. I went away happy...and praying harder than usual that the two would let St Stephen's help them. 

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Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day:

Sun: Africa
Mon: Europe, Russia 
Tues: South Asia  
Wed: East Asia
Thurs: S.E. Asia, Pacific 
Fri: South America
Sat: Cent., N America    
Jesus, today, Sunday, please bless the people of Africa

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:
On this 23rd of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Guangxi

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 23rd of the month, Jesus please bless the people of Djibouti

And praying for one Islam-related intention each day of the week:
Jesus, today, Sunday, please bless all Muslims in my country

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Sat July 22 

 

  I arrived back in HK last night after two nights in Guangzhou ...gathering information to help a Mainland inmate due for trial soon ...and doing some publicity for my anti-drug campaign. This was my first trip to China for 8 years, and among the many things that stood out for me was the use of WeChat as a way of paying bills. Even fruit sellers by the side of the road in Guangzhou have a bar code to be scanned to pay your bill! This article is an eye-opener:
In Urban China, Hardly Anyone Is Using Cash Anymore

 

Cardinal Orlie Quevedo O.M.I. in Melbourne:
Filipino migrant workers often exploited

 

Farewell Ladies and Gentlemen
- LGMB propaganda on Qantas and on London trains

 

What "gay marriage" did to Massachusetts (original English video)
and now a special Cantonese version for HK

 

Tomorrow, 3pm, monthly prayer meeting for the sick, at St Paul's Yau Ma Tei. Everyone welcome. Previous photos

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings 
Comments welcome here     
Readings are from Simple Bible

c.f. readings for Feast of Mary Magdalene

Song of Songs 3.1-4: The bride says: On my bed, at night, I sought him whom my heart loves. I sought but did not find him. So I will rise and go through the City; in the streets and in the squares, I will seek him whom my heart loves. I sought, but did not find him. The watchmen came upon me on their rounds in the City: ‘Have you seen him whom my heart loves?’ Scarcely had I passed them, when I found him whom my heart loves.
Jesus, please increase my love for you, my longing for you.
My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 63: O God, you are my God, for you I long. My body and soul thirst for you, like a dry, weary land without water. Your love is better than life, my lips will speak your praise. On my bed I remember you. On you I muse through the night. 
Lord, our hearts are restless, until they rest in you
Recording

 

2 Corinthians 5.14-19: The love of Christ is like a tsunami. It overwhelms us and sweeps us away when we remember how Jesus died for everyone. God, through Christ, has repaired his friendship with humanity. We must spread the news of this reconciliation.
 
"And when I think, that God his Son not sparing, sent him to die, I scarce can take it in"
- from the song "How Great Thou Art"
Recording


John 20.11-18: Peter and John went home. Mary Magdalene remained at the tomb, crying. When she looked inside the tomb, she saw two angels in white. She also saw Jesus standing there, though she did not recognize him. Jesus said "Woman, why are you crying?". Mary thought he was the gardener so she said to him "If you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him". Jesus said "Mary" and she recognized him. Jesus then said "I will ascend to my Father". Mary went and told the disciples all she had seen and heard.
Jesus, please bless people who are crying at funerals  today. May awareness of your presence bring them peace and strength for the days ahead

Recording

 

Reflection on the above readings:

Mary Magdalene is called "the apostle of the apostles" because she gave good news to the apostles about Jesus' Resurrection

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Pope's letter on climate change:  Laudato Si  
我主應受讚美
Full English text       Full Chinese text

128: Recording We were created with a vocation to work. 

The goal should not be that technological progress increasingly replace human work, for this would be detrimental to humanity.

Work is a necessity, part of the meaning of life on this earth, a path to growth, human development and personal fulfilment.

Helping the poor financially must always be a provisional solution in the face of pressing needs.

The broader objective should always be to allow them a dignified life through work.

Yet the orientation of the economy has favoured a kind of technological progress in which the costs of production are reduced by laying off workers and replacing them with machines.

This is yet another way in which we can end up working against ourselves.

The loss of jobs also has a negative impact on the economy "through the progressive erosion of social capital: the network of relationships of trust, dependability, and respect for rules, all of which are indispensable for any form of civil coexistence".

In other words, "human costs always include economic costs, and economic dysfunctions always involve human costs".

To stop investing in people, in order to gain greater short-term financial gain, is bad business for society.

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Pope Francis: The Joy of the Gospel   
Full English text         Full Chinese text

128b: Recording  At times the message can be presented directly, at times by way of a personal witness or gesture, or in a way which the Holy Spirit may suggest in that particular situation. 

If it seems prudent and if the circumstances are right, this fraternal and missionary encounter could end with a brief prayer related to the concerns which the person may have expressed.

 In this way they will have an experience of being listened to and understood; they will know that their particular situation has been placed before God, and that God’s word really speaks to their lives.

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 Re story at top about the use of WeChat in China to pay bills: it is said that even beggars by the side of the road have barcodes to scan if you want to make a donation!

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Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day:

Sun: Africa          
Mon:
Europe, Russia           
Tues:
South Asia  
Wed: East Asia                         
Thurs:
S.E. Asia, Pacific 
Frid: South America                   
Sat: Cent. & N America    
Jesus, today, Saturday, please bless the people of Central & North America

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:
On this 22nd of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Zhejiang

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 22nd of the month, Jesus please bless the people of Rwanda

And praying for one Islam-related intention each day of the week:
Jesus, today, Saturday, please pacify the Taliban

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Friday July 21

Hello again from Guangzhou in China. Another busy day yesterday ...but computer and internet difficulties continue....so please accept this brief message instead of the usual menu. Please also excuse no answer to email ...not able to access Gmail in China!

God bless China!

p.s. Sign at a metro station caught my attention: "Flight times" ...till I realised I was at Ren He, the station just before Guangzhou airport.

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Thur July 20

The good news: I am typing this on Wed night in China, in Guangzhou! My first visit to China since being expelled 8 years ago. A few weeks ago I was able to get a visa ...and now I'm here for a couple of nights to help some Mainland inmates in prison in HK to get information for their court cases. As I passed through Customs in Guangzhou this morning I prayed a silent "Alleluia". Thank you Jesus!

The bad news: I'm having computer and internet problems. Gmail cannot be accessed in China!!! I'm having trouble receiving the nightly email from Ming Pao for me to record. Have phoned them and asked them to resend their message to my Hotmail account: jdwomi@hotmail.com  

Please excuse a truncated menu ...the best I can do 

God bless China!

 

p.s. the first thing I noticed when exiting Guangzhou East railway station this morning: McDonald's and 7-Eleven!

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings 
Comments welcome here    
  Readings are from Simple Bible

1 Kings 4-5: Solomon enjoyed peace with all his neighbouring countries. He was blessed by God with great wisdom and understanding. He composed 3,000 proverbs and 1,000 songs. People from all nations went to hear Solomon's wisdom. Solomon made preparations for building a temple for the Lord.
Hiram, king of Tyre, made a treaty with Solomon. Hiram provided wood for building the temple. 
Dear God, please help all nations live peacefully with each other 
My recording of this reading

 

Psalms 66-68: O God, be gracious and bless us and let your face shine its light upon us. Let all the peoples praise you, O God. Let all the peoples praise you. O sing to the Lord, make music to his name.
Rejoice in the Lord, exult at his presence. Father of the orphan, defender of the widow, God provides a shelter for the homeless. God gives his people strength
May all the peoples of the earth know you and praise you, O God
Recording

 

Colossians 4.3-21: Pray for me, in my chains, that I may proclaim the message of Christ as clearly as I should. Be tactful with people who are not Christians. Use friendly conversation with them. Greetings from the believers here with me. Greetings to all the believers in your area. Grace be with you all. 
Jesus, may my conversation with non-Christians help them know you

Recording

Matthew 4.1-11: After he was baptized, Jesus spent about 40 days praying and fasting in the desert. During this time, he was tempted by Satan. "If you are the Son of God, change some stones into bread" said Satan. Jesus replied "Human life needs more than bread. Life needs God's message". Satan then took Jesus to a high place and said "Throw yourself down, since the angels will protect you". Jesus replied "Presumption is a sin". Then Satan  took Jesus to a high mountain and showed him all the nations of the world. "Worship me and I will give you all these nations" said Satan. Jesus replied "Go away, Satan! Only God is to be worshipped". The devil then went away.
Jesus, please protect us from Satan and from evil
Recording

Reflection on the above Bible readings:

Jesus was baptized....then tempted by Satan. Baptism for Christians also means temptation and trials (...Paul in prison). As Paul says ...the Spirit's presence attracts persecution ....attracts Satan's attention...as for Jesus. 

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Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day:

Sun: Africa
Mon: Europe, Russia        
Tues:
South Asia  
Wed: East Asia            
Thurs:
S.E. Asia, Pacific 
Frid: South America     
Sat: Cent, N America    
Jesus, today, Thursday, please bless the people of South East Asia

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:
On this 20th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Sichuan

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 20th of the month,  Jesus please bless the people of Gambia

And praying for one Islam-related intention each day of the week:
Jesus, today, Thursday, please pacify Al-Qaeda

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Wed July 19

I'm due to be away from HK tonight and tomorrow night on a job associated with my prison work. Will try to update menu each night as usual, but if by chance no update(s)...please do not worry. My phone number from 10am today until 6pm Friday: (+852) 68812935

From an Australian reader:
   Great video - we need to sit less and stand more! Good to have a "standing desk"!

Mass Resistance launched in UK to counter radical LGBT movement

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  Chris McDonnell 

The wood of the Cross
The
British Museum in London has received a Cross made from pieces of a boat that was wrecked off the coast of Lampedusa

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings 
Comments welcome here     
Readings are from Simple Bible

1 Kings 3: The Lord appeared to King Solomon in a dream and said "Ask me for anything you'd like." Solomon asked for wisdom: "Give your servant a heart to understand how to discern between good and evil." God replied: "I now give you a heart full of wisdom, wisdom greater than anyone else has ever had. And I also give you what you did not ask for: riches and glory and long life." Not long after this, two prostitutes came for judgement: they lived in the same house and both had given birth to a son, but one of the babies died during the night. The mother of the dead baby changed babies during the same night and claimed that the living baby was hers. Solomon  asked for a sword to cut the living baby in two and give half to each mother. The lying woman agreed, but the real mother said "No. Don't kill the baby. Give it to the other woman." Solomon then knew the real mother was telling the truth and gave the baby to her. For wisdom such as this, Solomon's reputation spread far.
Dear Lord, please give me more wisdom for my life

My recording of this reading

 

Psalms 61-65: O God, hear my cry, you who are my refuge and help. In you alone is my soul at rest. My help comes from you. Take refuge in God, everyone in trouble. Trust him at all times. O God, you are my God, for you I long. My body and soul thirst for you like a dry, weary land without water. Your love is better than life, my lips will speak your praise. On my bed I remember you. On you I muse through the night. You are the Creator of the world. You care for the earth, you give it water. To you our praise is due, wherever we are on earth
Lord, my soul clings to you. Your right hand holds me fast

Recording

 

Colossians 3.18-4.1: Wives and husbands, understand and support each other. Children, be obedient to your parents. Parents, treat your children fairly or else they will rebel. Slaves, be obedient and respectful to your owners. Offer up your work to the Lord, our Heavenly Owner. Owners, be just and fair to your slaves. Remember your Heavenly Owner
Jesus,  help families to live together in harmony
Recording


Matthew 3.1-17: About 30 years after Jesus was born, a man began preaching repentance, and baptizing people in the river Jordan. This man was John the Baptist. His message was "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand". John fulfilled the prophecy: "A voice cries in the wilderness: prepare a way for the Lord". John said "I baptize you with water, but one is coming who will baptize you with the Holy Spirit". Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. After Jesus was baptized, the heavens opened, and Jesus saw the Spirit of God coming down on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said "This is my Son, the Beloved. My favor rests on him".
Jesus, please help me to prepare your way, like John the Baptist

Recording

 

 Reflection on the above readings: 

Colossians speaks about family life. The family has been under attack many times in history (e.g. Chairman Mao's commune system) but the present assault by the radical LGBT movement is as sinister and dangerous as any previous assault. No previous assault has outlawed the terms "mother", "father", "son", "daughter". What can we do to protect family life? Pray ...learn ....and take action. If anyone thinks this issue is not so serious, please watch some of these videos - especially no. 5 

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Pope's letter on climate change:  Laudato Si  我主應受讚美
Full English text       Full Chinese text

127: Recording  We are convinced that "(humanity) is the source, the focus and the aim of all economic and social life".

Nonetheless, once our human capacity for contemplation and reverence is impaired, it becomes easy for the meaning of work to be misunderstood.

We need to remember that men and women have "the capacity to improve their lot, to further their moral growth and to develop their spiritual endowments".

Work should be the setting for this rich personal growth, where many aspects of life enter into play: creativity, planning for the future, developing our talents, living out our values, relating to others, giving glory to God. 

It follows that, in the reality of today's global society, it is essential that "we continue to prioritize the goal of access to steady employment for everyone", no matter the limited interests of business and dubious economic reasoning.

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Pope Francis: The Joy of the Gospel   
Full English text         Full Chinese text

128a: Recording  In this preaching, which is always respectful and gentle, the first step is personal dialogue, when the other person speaks and shares his or her joys, hopes and concerns for loved ones, or so many other heartfelt needs. 

Only afterwards is it possible to bring up God's word, perhaps by reading a Bible verse or relating a story, but always keeping in mind the fundamental message: the personal love of God who became man, who gave himself up for us, who is living and who offers us his salvation and his friendship

This message has to be shared humbly as a testimony on the part of one who is always willing to learn, in the awareness that the message is so rich and so deep that it always exceeds our grasp

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10 years ago today:
Visit to poor areas by 42 member service team from St Jude's Parish in North Point, Hong Kong

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 As I twice went out in the heavy rain yesterday (in shorts, sandals, raincoat top, large umbrella) I couldn't help wondering: how did the Good Lord get all that water "up there"? And how come it all stays there until it's ready to drop? What keeps it up there? It's heavy? How come it stays up there?!

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Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day:

Sun: Africa
Mon: Europe, Russia         
Tues: South Asia  
Wed: East Asia      
Thurs:
S.E.Asia, Pacific 
Frid: South America    
Sat:
Cent, N America    
Jesus, today, Wednesday, please bless the people of
East Asia

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:
On this 19th
of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Shanxi

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 19th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of Sudan

And praying for one Islam-related intention each day of the week:
Jesus, today,
Wednesday, please pacify
Al-Shabaab 

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Tues July 18

During January of the past 3 years I've made 3 trips to Africa as part of my anti-drug campaign. See very bottom of this page for reports of those trips. For January 2018 I had thought of another Africa trip - to Nigeria. But now that drug mules have stopped coming from Africa (at least for the time being) and that the number from South America is again spiking, I'm hoping to visit South America in January 2018 Please God. With the same aims as on previous trips: to visit the families of inmates in HK (who ask me to contact their families) and to do publicity to stop drug trafficking to HK. Which countries? I'll wait and see how many inmates from which countries reply to a letter I plan to send them next month (like this one sent last year to inmates from Southern Africa). And guess who is due to be in Chile Jan 15-18 and Peru Jan 18-21? He's from Argentina and lives at the Vatican!

 

Ex-prisoner En Route to Job Interview Takes Shirt Off Back to Save Man's Life

 

Letter in Chinese by a local HK man saying how he and his friend were "set up" on a drug trafficking charge - here (July 10)

 

Letter in Spanish from a South American man - tricked by a Nigerian Gang to traffic drugs to HK - here (July 12)

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings 
Comments welcome here     
Readings are from Simple Bible

1 Kings 2: Before King David died, he encouraged his son Solomon to love the Lord with all his heart and soul. Solomon executed his main enemies and rivals, including Adonijah who had again plotted to become king. Solomon then was secure and safe as king. 
Dear God, thank you for the life of David who, despite his faults, loved you with all his heart

My recording of this reading

 

Psalms 52-60: Lord, I will tell everyone about how good you are. You are our Creator. Everyone should love you. Thank you for so often rescuing me from trouble. You uphold my life. Sometimes I have so many troubles and cares that I can't get to sleep. Sometimes I wish I was a bird and could fly away to a safe place. When I fear, I will trust in you, in you whose word I praise. My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready. I will sing, I will sing your praise. Each morning I will sing of your strength, and each morning acclaim your love. 
O God, please help me to praise and love you every day

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Colossians 3.15-16: May the peace of Christ reign in your hearts. Always be thankful. Let the message of Christ, in all its richness, find a home in you. Help each other grow in wisdom. With gratitude in your hearts, sing songs to God. 
Jesus, live in my heart. Please live in my heart

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Matthew 2.13-23: After the wise men left Bethlehem, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and said "Go quickly to Egypt, because Herod wants to kill the child". That same night, Joseph got up and set out for Egypt with Mary and Jesus. Herod was angry after being tricked by the wise men. He got his soldiers to kill all baby boys two years old or younger in Bethlehem. After Herod died some months later, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to return to Israel. Joseph, Mary and Jesus moved to the town of Nazareth, thus fulfilling the prophecy about the Saviour: "He will be called a Nazarene".
Jesus, you were once a refugee. Please bless all refugees in the world today

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Reflection on the above readings:
Who is the world's most famous refugee? His name starts with "J" - see image, above.

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Pope's letter on climate change:  Laudato Si  我主應受讚美
Full English text       Full Chinese text

126: Recording:  We can also look to the great tradition of monasticism. 

Originally, it was a kind of flight from the world, an escape from the decadence of the cities. 

The monks sought the desert, convinced that it was the best place for encountering the presence of God.

Later, Saint Benedict of Norcia proposed that his monks live in community, combining prayer and spiritual reading with manual labour (ora et labora). 

Seeing manual labour as spiritually meaningful proved revolutionary. 

Personal growth and sanctification came to be sought in the interplay of recollection and work. 

This way of experiencing work makes us more protective and respectful of the environment; it imbues our relationship to the world with a healthy sobriety.

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Pope Francis: The Joy of the Gospel   
Full English text         Full Chinese text

127: Recording  Today, as the Church seeks to experience a profound missionary renewal, there is a kind of preaching which falls to each of us as a daily responsibility. It has to do with bringing the Gospel to the people we meet, whether they be our neighbours or complete strangers.

This is the informal preaching which takes place in the middle of a conversation, something along the lines of what a missionary does when visiting a home.

Being a disciple means being constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others, and this can happen unexpectedly and in any place: on the street, in a city square, during work, on a journey.

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Interactive Bible Quiz - Genesis
Based on the actual words of the Bible. 
How many times can you get 3/3 ?!  

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10 years ago today:
Visit to poor areas by two groups from St Benedict's Parish in Shatin, Hong Kong - with a common lunch today

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 Last night (and for much of yesterday) there was heavy rain in HK. Must say I love the sound of rain ...and I love walking in the rain (with sandals, shorts, umbrella). So, last night when preparing this menu, my background music was something I'd never heard before: The Sound of Rain and Classical Music

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Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day:

Sun: Africa
Mon: Europe, Russia
Tues: South Asia  
Wed: East Asia
Thurs: S.E. Asia, Pacific 
Frid: South America
Sat: Cent, N America    
Jesus, today, Tuesday, please bless the people of South Asia

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:
On this 18th
of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Shandong

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 18th of the month,  Jesus please bless the people of Ivory Coast

And praying for one Islam-related intention each day of the week:
Jesus, today, Tuesday, please pacify Boko Haram

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Please also join me in praying for the very many deformed and handicapped people from China who are on the streets of HK as beggars...as well as deformed people in China itself ...like Hung Chun Cai

        
    My Africa trips: 
2015: Tanzania, Malawi

2016: Kenya, Uganda

2017: Southern Africa, Dubai

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Gay marriage: an elephant in the room (by John W)

Video: What "gay marriage" did to Massachusetts

  Frightening YouTube reports: LGBT radical impact on educational institutions (No. 5); LGBT infiltrating churches (No. 6); US corporations massively supporting LGBT agenda (No. 7). What has happened in the US is now starting to happen in other places. Some day our children will ask "why didn't you do more to stop this evil?"

 

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Pope's surprise visit to drug treatment centre

Pope is practising what he preaches: "get out and mix with the poor"

 

HK readers might like to join me in praying each day for one group of HK prison inmates: Sun: Lo Wu; Mon: C.I.C., Siu Lam, Tai Lam; Tue: Stanley Wed:  Hei Ling Chau   Thu: Lantau 
Fri: Lai Chi Kok       Sat: Hospitals, Pik Uk & other centres


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