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Wed Nov 22

 


HK ex-official arrested for Africa bribery

 

Joshua Wong says he was treated "like a dog" while in prison

 

Now that the major parties are increasingly made up of politicians supporting anti-family values, maybe the time has come for people supporting family values to field independent candidates in each electorate where the major parties field anti-family people ....so that pro-family people have someone to vote for ...and to lobby major parties to stop fielding anti-family people.

What does "Drink the water of your own cistern" mean? - see Proverbs, below

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  Chris McDonnell 
Re-setting the clock

"Pope Francis has openly denounced the continuing possession of nuclear weapons by various world governments, in what appears to be a departure from the Roman Catholic Church's prior (policy)"

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

Proverbs 4-5: Acquire wisdom, never forget her. Do not desert her. She will keep you safe. Wisdom is life to those who obtain her, health for the entire body. Take no notice of a loose-living woman, go nowhere near the door of her house. Drink the water of your own cistern, fresh water from your own well. Find joy with the wife you married in your youth, let hers be the love that always holds you captive.
Dear Lord, please give married people the wisdom to stay faithful to each other

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 34: I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise always on my lips. In the Lord my soul shall make its boast, the humble shall hear and be glad. Glorify the Lord with me, together let us praise his name. I sought the Lord and he answered me. From all my terrors he set me free. The angel of the Lord is encamped around those who revere the Lord, to rescue them. Taste and see that the Lord is good. They are happy who seek refuge in him. The Lord is close to the broken-hearted. Those whose spirits are crushed he will save.
Lord, by our Bible reading and prayer, may we taste and see your goodness each day

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1 John 4.20-5.13: Anyone who says "I love God" but hates his brother, is a liar. A man who does not love the brother he can see cannot love God whom he has never seen. Who can overcome the world? Only the person who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. You who believe in the Son of God have eternal life.
Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God

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Mark 6.45-52: After feeding the crowd with 5 loaves and 2 fish, Jesus told his disciples to go by boat across the nearby lake. Jesus stayed to send the crowds away. Then he went up into the hills to pray. When it was dark, the boat was far from land, but battling large waves caused by a strong head-wind. Jesus then walked on the water towards the boat. He called out to his disciples "Courage. It is I. Don't be afraid." Then he got into the boat, and the wind stopped.
Jesus, please give me courage by helping me remember that you are in my boat (my life)  
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 Reflection on the above readings: 

As more and more storms of various types afflict our world it is more important than ever to be aware of Jesus in our boat. Awareness of his presence gives us courage and hope.

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

238: Listen  The Father is the ultimate source of everything, the loving and self-communicating foundation of all that exists.

The Son, his reflection, through whom all things were created, united himself to this earth when he was formed in the womb of Mary. 

The Spirit, infinite bond of love, is intimately present at the very heart of the universe, inspiring and bringing new pathways. 

The world was created by the three Persons acting as a single divine principle, but each one of them performed this common work in accordance with his own personal property.

Consequently, "when we contemplate with wonder the universe in all its grandeur and beauty, we must praise the whole Trinity"

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

215a: Listen  There are other weak and defenceless beings who are frequently at the mercy of economic interests or indiscriminate exploitation.

I am speaking of creation as a whole. We human beings are not only the beneficiaries but also the stewards of other creatures.

Thanks to our bodies, God has joined us so closely to the world around us that we can feel the desertification of the soil almost as a physical ailment, and the extinction of a species as a painful disfigurement.

Let us not leave in our wake a swath of destruction and death which will affect our own lives and those of future generations.

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 Last Saturday, below, I mentioned how the day before (Friday) I met my barber in prison ....an asylum seeker, he'd been arrested for working illegally. Last Saturday night I shared this story with another O.M.I. at our weekly Saturday night meeting. He then said his barber also was missing. Turns out we were talking about the same man!

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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 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,
Wednesday, please pacify
Al-Shabaab 

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Tues Nov 21

 
Two women arrested at HK airport last week, one from Peru (with 180 condoms in body) the other from Tanzania
I've never heard of a man with more than 100 condoms ...what cruelty to make a woman swallow 180.

 

Uni students raise $50,000 for Tanzania

 

为什么新州最反对同性婚姻SSM: Why NSW had the largest opposition to same-sex marriage

 

Pope's homily for World Day of the Poor

 

My article in today's Ming Pao newspaper has the topic: Chinese women scammed by African Drug Lords. It is on Ming Pao website - click "Australian in HK". Text without recording

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

Proverbs 3: Let kindness and loyalty never leave you. Tie them around your neck. In everything you do, keep God in mind. He will help you take the right path. Love God and turn your back on evil. This will give good health to your body. Do not refuse a kindness to anyone who asks, if it is in your power to help them.
Lord, please help us to be kind to everyone

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 33: Ring out your joy to the Lord, all good people, for praise is fitting for loyal hearts. For the Lord loves justice and right; he fills the earth with his love. By his word the heavens were made, he spoke and the universe came into being. They are happy, whose God is the Lord, he is the source of all true joy. May your love be upon us, O Lord, since we place all our trust in you.
Lord, we trust in your precious love
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1 John 4.7-16: Let us love one another. Love comes from God. God is love. God showed his love for us by sending his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Since God has loved us so much we should love one another. God is love. Anyone who lives in love, lives in God, and God lives in him.
Jesus, you are love itself. May I live in your love

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Mark 6.30-34: Once after Jesus had been healing and teaching many people all afternoon,  his disciples said to him
"It's getting late and the people need to go and eat". Jesus replied "They don't need to go. You feed them". The disciples replied "We have only 5 loaves and 2 fish". Jesus got the people to sit on the grass. There were about 20,000 of them. Then he blessed the loaves and fish. He handed the loaves and fish to his disciples. His disciples gave them to the crowd. Everyone had plenty to eat. They even had 12 baskets of leftovers.

Jesus, please help the starving people of the world

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Reflection on the above readings:

Pope Francis has often quoted the words in today's Gospel "You feed them" .... Jesus is speaking to each one of us "You help the poor" ...and so we bring the little bit of good we can do and offer it to him like the 5 loaves and 2 fish of long ago. 

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

237: Listen On Sunday, our participation in the Eucharist has special importance. 

Sunday, like the Jewish Sabbath, is meant to be a day which heals our relationships with God, with ourselves, with others and with the world. 

Sunday is the day of the Resurrection, the "first day" of the new creation, whose first fruits are the Lord's risen humanity, the pledge of the final transfiguration of all created reality. 

It also proclaims "man's eternal rest in God".

In this way, Christian spirituality incorporates the value of relaxation and festivity.

We tend to demean contemplative rest as something unproductive and unnecessary, but this is to do away with the very thing which is most important about work: its meaning. 

We are called to include in our work a dimension of receptivity and gratuity, which is quite different from mere inactivity.

Rather, it is another way of working, which forms part of our very essence. 

It protects human action from becoming empty activism; it also prevents that unfettered greed and sense of isolation which make us seek personal gain to the detriment of all else.

The law of weekly rest forbade work on the seventh day, "so that your ox and your donkey may have rest, and the son of your maidservant, and the stranger, may be refreshed" (Ex 23:12).

Rest opens our eyes to the larger picture and gives us renewed sensitivity to the rights of others.

And so the day of rest, centred on the Eucharist, sheds it light on the whole week, and motivates us to greater concern for nature and the poor.

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Pope Francis: The Joy of the Gospel   
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214: Listen  Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person, the Church cannot be expected to change her position on abortion (( ...c.f. 213, below)).

I want to be completely honest in this regard. This is not something subject to alleged reforms or "modernizations". It is not "progressive" to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life.

On the other hand, it is also true that we have done little to adequately accompany women in very difficult situations, where abortion appears as a quick solution to their profound anguish, especially when the life developing within them is the result of rape or a situation of extreme poverty. Who can remain unmoved before such painful situations?

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

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10 years ago today:

Update re A-Lin (cancer on neck)

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 When the apostles (in today's Gospel) said to Jesus "it's getting late....it's time for people to eat" ....maybe, maybe they were also thinking of themselves?! (...time to stop work..?!)

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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 21st
of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Yunnan

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 21st of the month,  Jesus please bless the people of Benin

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

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Mon Nov 20

 

Former juvenile offenders speak of abuse behind bars

 

Last Saturday afternoon I had the privilege of having afternoon tea with Canadian and HK TVB actress, Alannah On and her daughter Laara

 

What's the Mass got to do with climate change? See 236, below!

 

Pope: what he says about abortion - 213, below

 

Where does the word "meander" come from? See below!

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

Proverbs 2: If you turn your ear to wisdom, you will discover the knowledge of God. For God himself is the giver of wisdom. From his mouth come knowledge and discernment. When wisdom comes into your heart, then prudence and discernment will protect you from evil. 
Dear God, source of wisdom, please give us more wisdom

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 32: Happy is the person whose sin is forgiven. For a while I refused to ask for forgiveness, and my body paid the penalty. But then I said "Lord, forgive me" and my spirit and body revived.
Lord, when I do wrong, please give me the grace to say sorry and ask forgiveness
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1 John 3.16-21: This has taught us love: that Jesus gave up his life for us. We too should give up our lives for others. If you see someone in need and refuse to help him, how can the love of God be in you? Our love must be put into practice, not be just words. Anyone who loves God must also love other people
Jesus, help me put my love into practice by helping people in need

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Mark 6.17-29: Not long after Jesus began traveling and teaching, King Herod arrested John the Baptist and put him in prison. This was because John had told Herod he was breaking the Law by living with Herodias,  his brother's wife. During a birthday party for Herod, the daughter of Herodias danced. Her dancing so pleased Herod that he said he would give her anything she wanted. Herodias told her to ask for the head of John the Baptist on a dish. Herod then had John beheaded.
Jesus, please give the world good leaders, and protect people from bad leaders like Herod
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Reflection on the above readings:

Why did John the Baptist die? Because he "spoke truth to power" about the sacredness of marriage

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

236: Listen  It is in the Eucharist that all that has been created finds its greatest exaltation.

Grace, which tends to manifest itself tangibly, found unsurpassable expression when God himself became man and gave himself as food for his creatures. 

The Lord, in the culmination of the mystery of the Incarnation, chose to reach our intimate depths through a fragment of matter.

He comes not from above, but from within, he comes that we might find him in this world of ours.

In the Eucharist, fullness is already achieved; it is the living centre of the universe, the overflowing core of love and of inexhaustible life. 

Joined to the incarnate Son, present in the Eucharist, the whole cosmos gives thanks to God.

Indeed the Eucharist is itself an act of cosmic love: "Yes, cosmic! Because even when it is celebrated on the humble altar of a country church, the Eucharist is always in some way celebrated on the altar of the world".

The Eucharist joins heaven and earth; it embraces and penetrates all creation.

The world which came forth from God's hands returns to him in blessed and undivided adoration: in the bread of the Eucharist, "creation is projected towards divinization, towards the holy wedding feast, towards unification with the Creator himself".

Thus, the Eucharist is also a source of light and motivation for our concerns for the environment, directing us to be stewards of all creation.

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Pope Francis: The Joy of the Gospel   
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213: Listen  Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenceless and innocent among us.

Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this.

Frequently, as a way of ridiculing the Church's effort to defend their lives, attempts are made to present her position as ideological, obscurantist and conservative.

Yet this defence of unborn life is closely linked to the defence of each and every other human right. It involves the conviction that a human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development. 

Human beings are ends in themselves and never a means of resolving other problems. Once this conviction disappears, so do solid and lasting foundations for the defence of human rights, which would always be subject to the passing whims of the powers that be.

Reason alone is sufficient to recognize the inviolable value of each single human life, but if we also look at the issue from the standpoint of faith, "every violation of the personal dignity of the human being cries out in vengeance to God and is an offence against the creator of the individual"

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10 years ago today:

Thank you Julie & Shenzhen friends for milk powder; Welcome Fr David, Colette, Jack + Garth; 12 year old brain tumor patient

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 The word "meander" comes from the name of a river near the city of Colossae (Letter to Colossians) which ....meanders all over the place!

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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 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,
Monday, please pacify I.S.

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Sun Nov 19

Today is World Day of the Poor - Pope's message:

Tragically, in our own time, even as ostentatious wealth accumulates in the hands of the privileged few, often in connection with illegal activities and the appalling exploitation of human dignity, there is a scandalous growth of poverty in broad sectors of society throughout our world.  Faced with this scenario, we cannot remain passive, much less resigned. 

There is a poverty that stifles the spirit of initiative of so many young people by keeping them from finding work.  There is a poverty that dulls the sense of personal responsibility and leaves others to do the work while we go looking for favours.  There is a poverty that poisons the wells of participation and allows little room for professionalism; in this way it demeans the merit of those who do work and are productive. To all these forms of poverty we must respond with a new vision of life and society.

I invite the whole Church, and men and women of good will everywhere, to turn their gaze on this day to all those who stretch out their hands and plead for our help and solidarity.  They are our brothers and sisters, created and loved by the one Heavenly Father. This Day is meant, above all, to encourage believers to react against a culture of discard and waste, and to embrace the culture of encounter

 

  Man freed after being unjustly jailed for 45 years 

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

c.f. readings for Sun 33

Proverbs 30-31: Every word of God is true and of great value. Do not change or misinterpret God's words. Do not give way to sexual excess. Do not give way to drunkenness. Be the voice of the poor, the unwanted. Uphold the rights of the needy. Happy the man who finds a good wife. She is far beyond the price of pearls. She looks after her household with care. She works diligently for her family. She holds out her hand to the poor. She opens her arms to the needy. Charm is deceitful, and beauty empty. The woman who is wise is the one to praise.
Lord, thank you for all the wisdom in the Book of Proverbs!

My recording of this reading

 

 

Psalm 128: O blessed are those who love the Lord and walk in his ways. By the labor of your hands you shall eat. You will be happy and prosper: your wife like a fruitful vine in the heart of your house; your children like shoots of the olive, around your table. Indeed thus shall be blessed the people who love and honor the Lord. May the Lord bless you from Zion all the days of your life. May you see your children's children in a happy Jerusalem! On Israel, peace! 
Dear Lord, may all married people live to see their children's children

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1 Thessalonians 5.1-11: The Lord's coming will not find us unprepared if we live a good life. You are not children of the night and of darkness. You are children of the light and of the day. Put on faith and love for a breastplate. Put on the hope of salvation for a helmet. Encourage one another. Strengthen one another. 
Jesus, please help me be a person of
encouragement, not discouragement

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Luke 12.35-38: Jesus said to his disciples "Be like people waiting for their master to return, ready to open the door as soon as he comes and knocks. Be ready, for I will come at an hour you do not expect. "When someone is given a great deal, of that person more will be expected". 
Jesus, you have given me so much. Please help me use my gifts and my situation to do more  to help other people

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 Reflection on the above readings: 

On this very first World Day of the Poor, we "who have been given a great deal" (today's Gospel) must ask ourselves: are we helping as many people as God intends us to help?


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

235: Listen  The Sacraments are a privileged way in which nature is taken up by God to become a means of mediating supernatural life. 

Through our worship of God, we are invited to embrace the world on a different plane. 

Water, oil, fire and colours are taken up in all their symbolic power and incorporated in our act of praise. 

The hand that blesses is an instrument of God's love and a reflection of the closeness of Jesus Christ, who came to accompany us on the journey of life.

Water poured over the body of a child in Baptism is a sign of new life. 

Encountering God does not mean fleeing from this world or turning our back on nature. 

This is especially clear in the spirituality of the Christian East. "Beauty, which in the East is one of the best loved names expressing the divine harmony and the model of humanity transfigured, appears everywhere: in the shape of a church, in the sounds, in the colours, in the lights, in the scents".

For Christians, all the creatures of the material universe find their true meaning in the incarnate Word, for the Son of God has incorporated in his person part of the material world, planting in it a seed of definitive transformation.

"Christianity does not reject matter. Rather, bodiliness is considered in all its value in the liturgical act, whereby the human body is disclosed in its inner nature as a temple of the Holy Spirit and is united with the Lord Jesus, who himself took a body for the world's salvation".

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

212: Listen  Doubly poor are those women who endure situations of exclusion, mistreatment and violence, since they are frequently less able to defend their rights.

Even so, we constantly witness among them impressive examples of daily heroism in defending and protecting their vulnerable families.

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10 years ago today:

Zhaoqing Xijiang Newspaper report on fatal traffic accident near railway station (+ JW's report)

Overnight visit to Deqing

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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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  Even one year olds when someone says "give me 5" ....which is what Someone is asking us to give... in ...today's Gospel!

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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 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, Sunday, please bless all Muslims in my country

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Sat Nov 18

Yesterday I spent 8 hours at Lai Chi Kok men's prison....and came away with a list of jobs to do that will take many hours. Such is work in the field....it leads to much office work. As usual I knew in advance who I might meet ....they had been featured in the media when arrested recently. As well as many new friends I also met a number of old friends ....see , below!

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings RRP/Recordings/OT-1Macs-Malachi/Proverbs01.MP3
Comments welcome here     
Readings are from Simple Bible

Proverbs 1: If you listen to these sayings, you will acquire wisdom. These sayings will help you develop virtue, justice and fairness. Be careful of bad people who try to mislead you. A net is spread in vain if the bird is watching. Wisdom calls aloud in the streets. She delivers her message at the city gates: "How much longer will you prefer ignorance to knowledge? The complacency of fools works their own ruin. But whoever listens to me will live in safety. Whoever listens to me will choose good and avoid evil."
Dear God, please give us more wisdom

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 31: Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in distress. My eyes are full of tears, my heart full of sorrow. Everyone makes fun of me. My friends don't want to know me. Save me, Lord, from this mess. I praise you Lord, for you protect those who trust you. You keep them safe from slander and lies. Be strong, let your heart take courage, all you who  trust in the Lord. 
I trust in you, Lord. My life is in your hands

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1 John 3.1-3: Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us by letting us be called God's children. And God's love has even more in store for us in the future: we shall be like him because we shall see him as he really is. This is why we must try to live good lives. We must try to be as good as Christ
Jesus, please help me be more like you

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Mark 6.7-13: Jesus went on a teaching tour of  the nearby villages. He sent out  his 12 special friends in 6 pairs, with authority over evil spirits. He told them to take only bare essentials for the journey. He said "If any place does not welcome you, as you leave that place shake the dust from your feet as a sign to them". The 12 apostles preached repentance. They cast out many devils. They anointed sick people with oil and healed them.
Jesus, may every place welcome you and your messengers
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Reflection on the above readings:

With the dumbing down of society, the words from Proverbs, above, are a timely warning: "The complacency of fools works their own ruin"

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

234: Listen Saint John of the Cross taught that all the goodness present in the realities and experiences of this world "is present in God eminently and infinitely, or more properly, in each of these sublime realities is God".

This is not because the finite things of this world are really divine, but because the mystic experiences the intimate connection between God and all beings, and thus feels that "all things are God".

Standing awestruck before a mountain, he or she cannot separate this experience from God, and perceives that the interior awe being lived has to be entrusted to the Lord: "Mountains have heights and they are plentiful, vast, beautiful, graceful, bright and fragrant. These mountains are what my Beloved is to me. Lonely valleys are quiet, pleasant, cool, shady and flowing with fresh water; in the variety of their groves and in the sweet song of the birds, they afford abundant recreation and delight to the senses, and in their solitude and silence, they refresh us and give rest. These valleys are what my Beloved is to me".

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

211: Listen  I have always been distressed at the lot of those who are victims of various kinds of human trafficking. How I wish that all of us would hear God's cry: "Where is your brother?" (Gen 4:9).

Where is your brother or sister who is enslaved? Where is the brother and sister whom you are killing each day in clandestine warehouses, in rings of prostitution, in children used for begging, in exploiting undocumented labour? 

Let us not look the other way. There is greater complicity than we think. The issue involves everyone! This infamous network of crime is now well established in our cities, and many people have blood on their hands as a result of their comfortable and silent complicity.

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 Yesterday at Lai Chi Kok men's prison, I saw my barber of the past several years, a very nice guy from the Sub-Continent! Arrested for working illegally....he's an asylum seeker, and in HK it's illegal for asylum seekers to work. Disclosure: when he cut my hair, I didn't know he was an asylum seeker....he was working in an ordinary barber shop. He's asked me to write a support letter for him when he goes to court, but considering he's being charged for working illegally, I can't very well say he's been a great barber for the past 3 years!?!

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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 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, Saturday, please pacify the Taliban

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Fri Nov 17

 

Dr David van Gend:  No public vote, no Parliament, no court has the authority to repeal nature and change the meaning of marriage

 

Fr Harry Winter O.M.I. OMI's and 50th Anniversary of Charismatic Renewal
The Renewal greatly improved the awareness of the urgent needs of prisoners 

 

Recommended by a reader:
Professor No. 129

 

Pope - 233, below: There is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf

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

Job 40-42: Job said to God " My words have been frivolous. I will not say anything else." God then reminded Job how God was creator of everything, including amazing animals like the hippo and crocodile. Job then said to God "I know you are all-powerful. I have been speaking about things I don't fully understand. I retract all I have said and in dust and ashes I repent." God then praised Job for his fidelity. God restored Job to good health. God restored Job's possessions, more than he had before: 10 more children and thousands of animals. Job lived to be 140 years old and died full of peace.
Dear God, you never really answered Job's questions about the mystery of evil and suffering ....but I know your Son Jesus gave us the answers
My recording of this reading

 

Psalms 29-30: The Lord gives us strength, the Lord blesses us with peace. Thank you, Lord, for so often helping and healing me. I cried to you when sickness surrounded me, and you healed me. You  changed my mourning into dancing. So I will thank you always.
Thank you, Lord, for all the times you have healed me

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1 John 2.9-16: Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the dark. Do not love the ungodly values of this world generated by the sensual body, the lustful eye and a pride in possessions. Such things do not come from God.
Jesus, please help me avoid worldly values

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Mark 6.1-6: Jesus and his disciples went to his home town of Nazareth. On the Sabbath he went to the prayer hall and began teaching. People in the prayer hall were astonished at his teaching. "Who does he think he is?" they asked. "He is just a carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, Joset, Jude and Simon. His sisters also are here." And they would not accept him. So Jesus said to them "A prophet is despised only in his own country". Because of their lack of faith, Jesus cured only a few sick people there. He was amazed at the lack of faith in Nazareth.
Jesus, please help me be happy about your gifts to others
 
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Reflection on the above Bible readings:

Jesus was not just the step-son of a human carpenter. He was the Son of the Divine Artisan who made the universe

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Pope's letter on climate change:  Laudato Si  我主應受讚美
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 233: Listen  The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely. Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person's face.

The ideal is not only to pass from the exterior to the interior to discover the action of God in the soul, but also to discover God in all things.

Saint Bonaventure teaches us that "contemplation deepens the more we feel the working of God's grace within our hearts, and the better we learn to encounter God in creatures outside ourselves"

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Pope Francis: The Joy of the Gospel   
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210: Listen  It is essential to draw near to new forms of poverty and vulnerability, in which we are called to recognize the suffering Christ, even if this appears to bring us no tangible and immediate benefits.

I think of the homeless, the addicted, refugees, indigenous peoples, the elderly who are increasingly isolated and abandoned, and many others.

Migrants present a particular challenge for me, since I am the pastor of a Church without frontiers, a Church which considers herself mother to all.

For this reason, I exhort all countries to a generous openness which, rather than fearing the loss of local identity, will prove capable of creating new forms of cultural synthesis.

How beautiful are those cities which overcome paralysing mistrust, integrate those who are different and make this very integration a new factor of development! 

How attractive are those cities which, even in their architectural design, are full of spaces which connect, relate and favour the recognition of others!

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 Today I'm hoping to spend most of the day at Lai Chi Kok men's prison.....which will be like a holiday for me after so much time recently at the computer and at meetings

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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: S. America     
Sat:
Cent, N. America    
Jesus, today, Friday, please bless the people of South America

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month: 
On this 17th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Shaanxi

And praying for one of
the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
 
On this 17th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of Malawi

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

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Thu Nov 16

In the Australian postal vote on same-sex marriage, 7.8 million people voted for change, 4.9 million voted against. I wonder how many of the 7.8 million are aware that such change in other countries has led to things like this: British Catholic schools remove "mother" & "father" from admission forms?


On a personal note, aware of what has happened in other countries, I was deeply saddened by the result of the postal vote ...close to tears at one stage .....c.f. Jesus weeping over Jerusalem.....resolving to do all I can to help protect HK from such madness.

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

Job 32-39: Job's three friends had no more to say. But a young  man named Elihu, decided to join the conversation. He said to Job "How can you claim to be innocent and yet say that God is persecuting you without cause?" As Elihu continued his speech, suddenly  the voice of God himself was heard. God asked Job "Have you ever given orders to the morning for day to begin? Have you ever arranged the stars in the sky? Was it you who gave all the animals their various powers? Who do you think you are?" 
Dear God, when we are confronted by the mystery of suffering and evil, please help us realize that these things do not come from you
My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 28: To you, O Lord, I call, my rock, hear me. If you do not heed, I shall become like people in the grave. Lord, you are my strength and my shield. In you my heart trusts. Thank you, Lord, for so often hearing my prayer. I will always thank and praise you. You are the strength of your people Israel. Save your people. Be our shepherd and carry us for ever. 
Lord, please help people who are in big danger today


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1 John 2.3-6: We can be sure we know God only by keeping his commandments. Anyone who says "I know him" and does not keep his commandments, is a liar, refusing to admit the truth. We can be sure we are in God only if we are living the same kind of life as Christ lived.
Jesus, please help me live like you, live for you
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Mark 5: A prayer hall official, Jairus, fell at Jesus' feet and pleaded "My little daughter is dying. Please come and lay your hands on her and save her life". While Jesus was on the way to Jairus' home,  people arrived and told Jairus "Your daughter is dead. No need to trouble the Master any further". Jesus heard this and said to Jairus "Do not be afraid. Just have faith". Jesus allowed only Peter, James and John to go with him. At Jairus' home, everyone was weeping and wailing. Jesus said to them "Why all this crying? The child is not dead, but asleep".  Everyone laughed at him. So he got them all to leave. Then taking the girl's parents and his 3 companions, he went to the place where the child was lying. Taking the girl by the hand he said to her "Little girl, I tell you to get up". The little girl got up at once.  She was 12 years old. 
Jesus, please give us more faith to pray for the sick ....even for children who have died!

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Reflection on the above Bible readings:

The Gospels record three occasions when Jesus brought dead people back to life: the little girl in today's Gospel, the son of the widow in Nain, Lazarus. Maybe there were others...

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

232: Listen Not everyone is called to engage directly in political life. 

Society is also enriched by a countless array of organizations which work to promote the common good and to defend the environment, whether natural or urban.

Some, for example, show concern for a public place (a building, a fountain, an abandoned monument, a landscape, a square), and strive to protect, restore, improve or beautify it as something belonging to everyone.

Around these community actions, relationships develop or are recovered and a new social fabric emerges.

Thus, a community can break out of the indifference induced by consumerism.

These actions cultivate a shared identity, with a story which can be remembered and handed on.

In this way, the world, and the quality of life of the poorest, are cared for, with a sense of solidarity which is at the same time aware that we live in a common home which God has entrusted to us.

These community actions, when they express self-giving love, can also become intense spiritual experiences.

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

209: Listen  Jesus, the evangelizer par excellence and the Gospel in person, identifies especially with the (disadvantaged)

This reminds us Christians that we are called to care for the vulnerable of the earth

But the current model, with its emphasis on success and self-reliance, does not appear to favour an investment in efforts to help the slow, the weak or the less talented to find opportunities in life

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10 years ago today:

Happy Birthday Marco Polo teacher Leanne

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 To go with Australian same-sex marriage postal vote. A topic for the next postal vote: Should men be given the right to breast feed?

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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 16th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Qinghai

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 16th of the month,  Jesus please bless the people of Afghanistan

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

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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 ( The Last Run)

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Australian Chinese for Families Association

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

Video: What "gay marriage" did to Massachusetts 
同志婚姻自2004年立法後,美國麻省的改變 ( 廣東話附字幕版)

  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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