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Fri Feb 23
Pope: Today a day of Prayer & Fasting for Peace - especially for Congo/Sudan

 

Photos from last night's meal with homeless people

 

The night Billy Graham was born again (this link opens in Chrome, but not in I.E.)

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

Sirach 8-9: Do not look down on an old person. Old age is our common destiny. Do not discuss your affairs with everyone you meet. Be careful when you ask advice. Do not look lustfully at a woman. Do not stare at the beauty which belongs to someone else. 
Lord, please help me control my tongue and my eyes

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 99: The Lord is king. He is great in Sion. His power is seen throughout the world. Among his priests were Aaron, Moses and Samuel. They prayed to the Lord and he answered their call. Let peoples everywhere praise his name. He is holy, full of power.
Lord, may all peoples know and love you
 

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Acts 1.15-26: During these days, Peter spoke to a group of about 120 disciples: "As you know, Judas hanged himself after betraying Jesus. We must now choose someone to take Judas' place, someone who has been with us since the time when John was baptizing". Two men were nominated, Joseph and Matthias. After prayer was offered, Matthias was chosen. He was listed as one of the 12 apostles
Jesus, please protect your church from betrayal and disloyalty

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Luke 4.1-13: Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. For 40 days he ate nothing, and was tempted by the Devil. The Devil said "If you are the Son of God, turn a stone into bread". Jesus replied "Scripture says we do not live on bread alone". The Devil took him to a high place and showed him all the kingdoms of the world. "Worship me and they will all be yours" he said. Jesus replied "Scripture says we must worship only God". Then the Devil took him to the top of the Temple in Jerusalem and said "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down and let the angels protect you". Jesus replied "Scripture says we must not put the Lord our God to the test".  The Devil then left him.
Jesus, protect us from the Devil and all evil
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Fridays of Lent: 

Prayer before a Crucifix

The Jesus Stabat Mater

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10 years ago: Visit to centers and poor areas by Fr David omi, Fr Irek omi, Larry, HK Paul & Teresa, Peter and group

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 These days when people eat with one hand and hold their mobiles in the other....it's much easier to use ....chopsticks!

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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 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, Friday, please bless all Muslims

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Thu Feb 22

Yesterday morning I visited several sick prison inmates in a hospital custodial ward. To its credit the HK government gives excellent medical coverage to inmates....not just to local inmates but also to inmates from other countries. 

 

Rainbow advocates now asking for protections for religious freedom to be "blown up" - here

 

Calls for change within the Church will be its salvation (my comment: 1 Timothy 3.1-12!)

 

Chris McDonnell: What do we value?
Maybe during this listening time of Lent, we might examine our own values, what we hold dear, what shapes our lives and forms our experiences, what gives us vision

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

Sirach 6-7: Let your acquaintances be many, but your advisers one in a thousand. A faithful friend is a sure shelter. People who love and honor the Lord, will find a faithful friend. From your youngest days, seek wisdom. If you love listening, you will find wisdom. Stretch out your hand to help poor people. Console people who are sad. Visit the sick. In everything you do, remember the purpose of life and you will avoid evil.
Dear Lord, please help young people to seek wisdom

Recording

 

Psalm 98: Sing a new song to the Lord for he has worked wonders. His right hand has brought salvation. The Lord has made known his salvation. He has shown his justice to the nations. He has remembered his truth and love for the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Shout to the Lord all the earth, ring out your joy. Sing psalms to the Lord with the harp, with the sound of music. Let the sea, the world and all peoples acclaim the King, the Lord. Let the rivers clap their hands and the hills ring out their joy at the presence of the Lord, for he comes to rule the earth. He will rule the world with justice and the peoples with fairness.
Lord, may all peoples in all countries know your love and goodness

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Acts 1.12-14: After Jesus went up to heaven from the Mount of Olives, the apostles went back down to Jerusalem, a walk of about half a kilometer. They gathered in an upstairs room which they used as a meeting place. The 11 apostles were Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon and Jude. They spent a long time praying. With them were several women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and also Jesus' brothers
Jesus, your apostles' group spent special time in prayer preparing for the coming of the Holy Spirit. I now ask them in heaven to pray that the Holy Spirit will increase his influence in my life

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Luke 3.15-22: John the Baptist said to the people "I baptize you with water, but someone more powerful than I will baptize you with the Holy Spirit. I am not fit to undo the strap of the powerful one's sandals". Jesus then came and was baptized by John. While Jesus was praying after his baptism, heaven opened and the Holy Spirit came down on him in the shape of a dove. And a voice came from heaven "You are my Son, the Beloved. My favor rests on you".
Jesus, Beloved Son, please baptize me with your Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, please increase your influence in my life

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Reflection on the above Bible readings: Let's often pray each day for the Holy Spirit to increase his influence in our lives. Come Holy Spirit!

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10 years ago today: Getting ready for start of new semester - staff meal (Sunday), new students enrolling at Marco Polo (Monday)

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 Thought after visiting hospital yesterday morning: one way for a woman to marry a doctor is to ....become ....a ...nurse!

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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 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, Thursday, please pacify Al-Qaeda

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Wed Feb 21

In the kind company of another O.M.I. I visited Lo Wu women's prison yesterday for about six hours....mainly seeing inmates whose families I had met in South America last month. Inmates very happy to have received my photos of their families and to have heard recorded messages from their families (on Sunday night radio program The Hour of Love). Most of the women are mothers....some even grandmothers. I hope and pray that the flow of drug mules from South America shows a dramatic decline this year. 

 

This is what happens if we slacken in the fight against drugs:
Netherlands becoming a narco-state, Dutch police warn

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

 

Sirach 4-5: Water puts out a fire. Almsgiving makes up for sins. Do not refuse to help a poor person. Some people are all talk and no action. Some people are lions at home but sheep in society. Do not give your heart to money. Do not let  passion rule your life. Be quick to listen, but slow to speak. Keep your temper under control. 
Lord, please help me to be kind and sincere
My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 97: The Lord is king, let earth rejoice, the many coastlands be glad. Cloud and darkness are his robes. His throne is justice and goodness. The skies proclaim his goodness. All peoples see his glory. Let those who serve idols be ashamed. Let all creation worship  the Creator. Light shines forth for good people and joy for the upright of heart. Rejoice in the Lord, all good people. Give glory to his holy name. 
Lord, you indeed are God of the universe
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Acts 1.6-11: On the day he was taken up to heaven, Jesus said to his apostles "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. Then you will be my witnesses in every part of the world". As he said this, he was lifted up while they watched. A cloud took him from their sight. Then two angels appeared to them and said "Jesus who has been taken up from you, will come back some day in the same way as you have seen him leave". 
Jesus, help me be your witness by the way I think and speak and live

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Luke 3.10-14: People asked John the Baptist how they should reform their lives. He replied: "If anyone has extra clothing, share with people who have none. If anyone has plenty to eat, share with people who have nothing". Tax collectors asked John what they should do. He replied "Don't cheat anyone". Soldiers asked him "What about us? What must we do?" He replied "No bullying. No extortion. Be content with your pay"
Jesus, what about me? What should I do?

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Reflection on the above readings: When we see so many problems in our world ....and we want to help our world be a better place....we too can ask "What about me, what should I do?" And for most of us most of the time, the replies of John the Baptist, above, have relevance

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10 years ago: 2008-02-10 Lady in hospital in Guangzhou - after fall from bridge when hundreds of thousands were stranded at railway station because of snow

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 Hong Kong to receive 60m visitors this year - that's 5 million per month, that's 1.25 million per week, that's 180,000 per day, that's ....a lot of people!

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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 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,
Wednesday, please pacify
Al-Shabaab 

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Tues Feb 20 

Yesterday after I spent some thank-you time (for Feb 19, 1973) at the Mariners' Club chapel in Tsim Sha Tsui, I had a chat with the chaplain, Fr Valan SDB ....who told me that the Club and chapel will be closing on Feb 27 ....for 4-5 years...while the site is redeveloped....and that a Catholic chapel will for the next 4 years be housed in premises at 20 Saigon Street, Yau Ma Tei....just near my home....and that other groups are welcome to use the temporary chapel. This is good news on many fronts!

 

It's now a crime to protest against the murder of unborn babies

 

 

When "You Raised Me Up" was among my background songs last night, I checked it on Wikipedia ...which relates when and where the song was performed for the very first time

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

Sirach 1-3: All wisdom comes from God. Love for God is the source of wisdom. If you desire wisdom, keep the Lord's  commandments, in private as well as in public. Keep the commandment to honor your parents.Respect for your father will atone for your sins. Honor for your mother will gain you blessings. Support your father in his old age. Even if his mind should fail, show him kindness. Do not despise him in your health and strength. Be gentle in the way you live your life. The greater you are, the more humbly you should behave. 
Dear God, please help me always respect and honor my parents

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 96: O sing a new song to the Lord. Sing to the Lord, all the earth. O sing to the Lord, bless his name. Proclaim his help day by day. Tell among the nations his glory, and his wonders among all the peoples. It was the Lord who made the heavens.
Give the Lord, you families of peoples, give the Lord glory and honor. Bring an offering and enter his temple. Worship the Lord in his sacred place. Let the heavens rejoice and earth be glad. Let the sea and all within it thunder praise. Let the land and all it bears rejoice, all the trees of the forest shout for joy. Everyone and everything, give the Lord glory and honor.

Lord, you are our Creator. We love and praise you

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Acts 1.1-5: Dear Friend of God, in my first book (the Gospel of Luke) I wrote about everything Jesus did until the day he was taken up to heaven. For 40 days after his death, he appeared to his apostles many times, and taught them about the kingdom of God. He told them to stay in Jerusalem and wait for what the Father had promised: "You will soon be baptized with the Holy Spirit". 
Jesus, please baptize me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, increase your influence in my life

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Luke 3.1-6: In the 15th year of the Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judaea, Herod was ruler of Galilee and during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, God's message entered the heart of John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. John went through the whole Jordan River area proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. This had been foretold by the prophet Isaiah when he said "A voice cries in the wilderness: Prepare a way for the Lord".
Jesus, help us prepare your way, like John 
Listen

 

Reflection on the above readings: Is there anything more I can do to "prepare a way for the Lord" in my own heart and in the world around me? Anything special I could try to do during Lent?

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  10 years ago: Update photos of Lina at Marco Polo - please keep the prayers going!

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 For the Year of the Dog (to which I belong)..... when I was in Mariners' Club chapel yesterday I found myself using these words "Thank you Jesus for being so good to this dog" (....c.f. 2 Samuel 9.8!)

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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 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, Tuesday, please pacify Boko Haram

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Mon Feb 19

A new year resolution I hope to keep: after YMT St Paul's 8.30am Mass each Sunday, to have a "cup of tea" with a different group of parishioners each week....so that by the end of year, Please God....I have tea'd off with everyone who attends the 8.30am Mass. Started yesterday - photo here

 

My prayer/song for Lent: Jesus fasting in the desert

 

Latest updates from Sr. Anastasia, M.M. (黄修女):

http://anastasialindawatimm. blogspot.hk/2018/02/sharing- feb-2018-youth-gathering-of- st.html

http://anastasialindawatimm. blogspot.hk/2018/02/sharing- jan-2018-trip-to-hebei.html

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The Book Blog:  

Today's readings from this day in 1973

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10 years ago: Congratulations Marco Polo Center special guest A-Mui on birth of son at 3.15 a.m. on January 29

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 For Lent:

A priest spied a parishioner enjoying some tasty smoked sausage on Friday during Lent -- a strict no-no in the church. The priest, being a pragmatic soul, told the man for his penance he was to bring a load of lumber to the church to help repair the roof.

The man grumbled, but went off to do his penance.

He arrived at the church on the next Friday and proceeded to dump a huge load of sawdust into the parking lot.

"What's this?" the priest wanted to know. "I told you your penance was a load of lumber, not sawdust."

The man replied cooly, "Well, if that sausage I ate was meat, then this sawdust is lumber."

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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 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,
Monday, please pacify I.S.

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 I WISH ALL DEAR READERS A HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR OF THE DOG! 

Sun Feb 18

It has been really lovely over the past three days of Lunar New Year to see families together everywhere in Hong Kong. What a great custom this is in Chinese culture ....LNY is family time. May the love of Chinese culture for family life help protect family life throughout the world in these troubled times when family life is under attack in so many ways.

 

My good friend Dr Slaa is now Tanzania's ambassador to Sweden. See my 2015 photos with Dr Slaa

 

  Chris McDonnell
A time of waiting
The vast majority of us live far from the desert experience, yet we also can find that odd moment of peace and stillness, a slip-away time that is valued, a time when we can be ourselves and breathe the solitude we rarely encounter.

 

Russia: The troll factory at the heart of the meddling allegations (This is scary...it's the sort of thing which big corporations also do)

 

On East Africa's largest blog - Jamii Forums - I put a post yesterday....to keep up the publicity. As the above article about trolls shows, publicity is effective (for good or bad)

 

Unhealthy reading:
George Monbiot: Resisting Resistance
A US-UK trade deal threatens to export the horrors of US corporate livestock production

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

c.f. readings for 1st Sun of Lent

Genesis 7-8: Noah's family and many animals went into the big boat, the "ark". Then for about 40 days there was heavy rain which caused a great  flood. The ark floated on the water. The people and animals inside the ark were safe but people and animals outside the ark died. When the rain and flood stopped Noah and his family and the animals went out of the ark. God made a special agreement (covenant) with Noah to bless Noah and his family. God told Noah that the rainbow would be a sign of their agreement.
Dear God, thank you for making the rainbow so beautiful

 

Psalms 24-26: The Lord's is the earth and all its peoples. It is the Lord who is Creator of the universe. May all hearts open their doors to the Lord. Let him enter, the king of glory. Lord I hope in you all the day long. Forgive my sins and help me walk in your truth.
God my savior, teach me your way of truth

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Mark 1.9-13: About this time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the river Jordan. As soon as Jesus came out of the water, he saw the sky open and the Spirit, like a dove, coming down on him. Then a voice came from heaven "You are my Son, the Beloved. My favor rests on you". Straight after this the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness for 40 days. During this time Jesus was tempted by Satan.
Holy Spirit, please increase your influence in my life

Listen

 

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

 

Daniel Daring: Retreat in the desert

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10 years ago: Day Six of Zhaoqing District teachers' tour to Hong Kong

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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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  Pope Francis has called on Catholics to slow down for Lent and think about the meaning of life etc. One problem for me and I guess most people so far this Lent in HK: fasting is almost out of of the question during Lunar New Year celebrations! But when you think about it, this is what the Pope is saying: slowing, not fasting?!?!

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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 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, Sunday, please bless all Muslims in my country

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 I WISH ALL DEAR READERS A HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR OF THE DOG! 

Sat Feb 17

Yesterday morning at LNY Mass at St Paul's YMT I used this photo (for theme of family):
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Long letter in English from a 31 year old Ethiopian man recently arrested at Hong Kong airport for drug trafficking. I feel that his story is impossible for a jury in HK to believe - here

  

On this day in 1826 Pope Leo XII approved Eugene de Mazenod's group of priests and brothers to become an international congregation known as the Oblates of Mary Immaculate

 

Nuclear weapons US wasting billions on bombs that serve no purpose, experts say

 

Article in magazine of HK Columbian Consulate-General

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

c.f. readings for Sat after Ash Wed

Isaiah 57-58: Tell my people their faults, tell the House of Jacob its sins. Tell them that their fasting is a sham. Fasting and injustice cannot go together. This is the sort of fast that pleases the Lord: breaking unjust fetters, sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering and clothing the homeless poor. Do this and you will find healing and peace. Do this and the Lord will give strength to your bones.
Lord, please help me do more to help poor people

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

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Luke 5.27-32As Jesus walked along, he noticed a tax collector sitting by the customs house. The collector's name was Levi (Matthew). Jesus said to him "Follow me".  Leaving everything, he got up and went with Jesus. In Jesus' honor Levi held a banquet in his house. Many  tax collectors and social outcasts were present. The religious leaders complained "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and outcasts?" Jesus replied "It is not those who are well who need the doctor, but the sick. I have come to call sinners, not the virtuous, to repentance"
Jesus, thank you for befriending people who were looked down on. Please help me do likewise

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Reflection on the above readings: Archbishop Helder Camara of Brazil was someone who spent much time with "outcasts" (Gospel) and who tried to "break unjust fetters" (first reading). His famous saying: "When I give food to the poor, I am called a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, I am called a Communist". 


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10 years ago: Day Four of Zhaoqing District teachers' tour of Hong Kong

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 Group of seminarians was totally confused after confusing morning lecture on the Book of Revelation by a confused  professor. In the afternoon, as the seminarians were finishing a game of basketball in the college gym, they noticed the old Black cleaner reading his Bible. "What part are you reading?" they asked. "Revelation" he replied. "But that's so complicated. Can you understand what it's about?" "No problem...it's very simple: God wins"!
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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 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, Saturday, please pacify the Taliban

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 I WISH ALL DEAR READERS A HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR OF THE DOG! 

Fri Feb 16
Lunar New Year's Day!

 

Happy New Year of the DOG!

 

 

Yesterday when I did some research before booking an airline ticket for a former prison inmate to return to their own country, I came across this amazing deal: Hong Kong Airlines - Los Angeles return for HK$2,825 ...and see other locations! 

 

 

I used to check the statistics of this and my other websites each month ....but about 6 months ago that job went into the "not urgent" folder. So yesterday I had a look ....and was most grateful to see that last month v2catholic had 5,375 unique visitors ...not including dear FaceBook friends. Thank you Jesus! (Also: SouthAmerica blog - 2209; HK DrugBlog - 1,382; JesusTower - 2129; SimpleBible - 1,739; GoodNewsforPoor - 961; DrJesus 1,033; NigeriaBlog - 1,010)

 

Also on the computer front: since my Chrome browser had become very slow, yesterday I uninstalled and again downloaded Chrome...with excellent results....Chrome now much faster.

 

HK now has political screening for polls - lawyers

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

c.f. readings for Lunar New Year's Day

Genesis 1-2: God made the world. God made  the sun, the moon and the stars....the whole universe. God said "Let there be light" and there was light. God made the earth with all its plants and trees and animals and fish and birds. God made the first people.....the first man and first woman. God made them in his own image and said to them "Be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth." God saw all that he had made, and all of it was good, very good. 
Dear God, thank you for making such a beautiful world!

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 100: Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing for joy. Know that he, the Lord, is God. He made us, we belong to him. We are his people, the sheep of his flock. Go within his gates, giving thanks. Enter his temple with songs of praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name. Indeed, how good is the Lord, eternal his merciful love. He is faithful from age to age. 
Dear Lord, please help us to serve you with gladness

Listen

 


John 1.1-14: From all eternity the Word existed. The Word was with God the Father. The Word was God the Son The Word was the source of life for all creatures. The Word became a man, and lived among us. We saw his glory, full of grace and truth. Many people did not recognize and did not accept the Word. But to everyone who did accept him, he gave power to become children of God.
Jesus, please help me understand how you are the Word-made-flesh

Listen


("In the beginning was the Word")

Reflection on the above Bible readings: Lunar New Year is like Christmas - a time for family gatherings... remembering our parents....and remembering where all life came from, from our Heavenly Father. 

 

Fridays of Lent: 

Prayer before a Crucifix

The Jesus Stabat Mater

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10 years ago: Day Three of Zhaoqing District teachers' tour of Hong Kong

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 For the Year of the Dog

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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 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, Friday, please bless all Muslims

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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)

 

2018: My trip to Latin America

 

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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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 Fr John Wotherspoon O.M.I. 胡 頌 恆 神 父   
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