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Wed Sep 27

Today is the feast day of one of my favourite saints - Vincent de Paul. He had a great love for prisoners ....because he had been one

 

Hospitals in crisis as Middle Eastern countries poach medical staff

 

Has Canada Really Changed since Marriage was Redefined?

 

Doctors and other professionals praising new book: The Health Hazards of Homosexuality

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  Chris McDonnell 

In the poverty of the Christ
Early in his ministry as Bishop of Rome, Francis put the principle of a Church of the Poor at the forefront of his teaching. A Church that is poor, speaking to those who are poor. A Church of the Poor that preaches through an example of poverty is indeed recognisable as the Church of Christ.

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

Judith 10:  Judith put on her most beautiful clothes and jewelry. Then she and her maid headed for the Assyrian camp. She told the Assyrian soldiers that she was fleeing from Bethulia since it would soon be attacked. She said she wanted to give Holofernes some important information. The soldiers took her to meet Holofernes.
Dear God, please give us the courage of Judith

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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Hebrews 10.21-25: Jesus is the supreme High Priest of the whole house of God. As we enter that house, let us have sincere hearts that are filled with faith and hope. Let us be concerned for each other, encouraging each other to do good. Do not stay away from the meetings as some people do, but encourage each other to attend. 
Jesus, may my life encourage others to do good
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Matthew 22.34-40: In Jerusalem a religious leader asked Jesus "Which is the most important commandment?" Jesus replied "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart. And you must care as much about others as you care about yourself. These are the two most important commandments. All other commandments depend on these two."
Jesus, please help me love you with all my heart and care for others as much as I care about myself

 
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 Reflection on the above readings: 

The article by Chris McDonnell, above, is a really excellent reflection on today's Gospel!

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

186: Listen  The Rio Declaration of 1992 states that "where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a pretext for postponing cost-effective measures" which prevent environmental degradation.

This precautionary principle makes it possible to protect those who are most vulnerable and whose ability to defend their interests and to assemble incontrovertible evidence is limited.

If objective information suggests that serious and irreversible damage may result, a project should be halted or modified, even in the absence of indisputable proof. 

Here the burden of proof is effectively reversed, since in such cases objective and conclusive demonstrations will have to be brought forward to demonstrate that the proposed activity will not cause serious harm to the environment or to those who inhabit it.

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

177: Listen  The kerygma has a clear social content: at the very heart of the Gospel is life in community and engagement with others. The content of the first proclamation has an immediate moral implication centred on charity

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10 years ago today:

Visit to The Canadian-American School (CAS) by David & Trudy from Australia and Fr David o.m.i. from HK/USA

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 Anti-govt messages hidden inside free mooncakes

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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 27th
of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Tibet

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 27th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of Uganda

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

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Tues Sep 26

I spent most of yesterday at Lo Wu women's prison in Sheung Shui. Each time I visit Lo Wu and the other women's prison, Tai Lam, I come way ever more determined to help slow down the number of women going to prison - especially those being sentenced for drug trafficking ....especially especially those being tricked/recruited by Nigerian Drug Lords in various parts of the world....including Nigerian Drug Lords based in HK. I'm trying to be "a voice for the poor" ... helping the women in prison speak out against the Drug Lords who put them in detention. 

My article in today's Ming Pao newspaper has the topic: The Great Walls of ....HK. It is on Ming Pao website - click "Australian in HK". Free access to article with recording today from about noon to 8pm HK time. Text without recording

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

Judith 9: Judith put ashes on her head, bowed with her face to the ground, and prayed urgently to God: "Lord God, help of the oppressed, support of the weak, please hear my prayer and protect your people Israel." 
Dear God, help us to imitate Judith and pray to you with faith when we are in trouble

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 127: If the Lord does not build the house, in vain do its builders labor. If the Lord does not watch over the city, in vain does the watchman keep vigil. Success comes not from earlier rising or from going later to rest, but from the Lord's blessing. Success is from the Lord who blesses the womb of  his beloved while she sleeps. Truly, children are a gift from the Lord, a blessing, the fruit of the womb.
Lord, many people these days don't want children. Please help such people understand that children are a blessing

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Hebrews 8.9 - 9.14: Jesus' priesthood is part of the new covenant predicted in the Scriptures: "See, the days are coming - it is the Lord who speaks - when I will establish a new covenant with the House of Israel". Jesus has come as High Priest of all the blessings that were predicted would be part of the new covenant. He has offered not the blood of animals like priests of the old covenant, but his own blood, by which he won our redemption. His blood can purify our inner self from dead actions, to help us in our life of dedication to the living God.
Jesus, by your precious blood, purify my heart and protect me

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Matthew 21.12-16: When Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, he went to the Temple. In the Temple there were money changers, and people selling pigeons. Jesus tipped over their tables and drove them out of the Temple. He said to them "My house is a house of prayer, but you have turned it into a place for robbery". Blind and lame people came to Jesus in the Temple. He healed them all. Then he went out of the city to the village of Bethany and spent the night there.
Jesus, please protect  all places of prayer from corruption

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Reflection on the above readings:

Jesus' anger at the Temple merchants didn't stop him from healing the Temple sick people. He kept doing good despite opposition and criticism and the sight of religious decay. This should be the policy should be of every Christian: don't give up in the face of obstacles....keep going!

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

185: Listen In any discussion about a proposed venture, a number of questions need to be asked in order to discern whether or not it will contribute to genuine integral development. 

What will it accomplish? Why? Where? When? How? For whom? What are the risks? What are the costs? Who will pay those costs and how?

In this discernment, some questions must have higher priority. 

For example, we know that water is a scarce and indispensable resource and a fundamental right which conditions the exercise of other human rights. This indisputable fact overrides any other assessment of environmental impact on a region.

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

176: Listen  To evangelize is to make the kingdom of God present in our world

Yet "any partial or fragmentary definition which attempts to render the reality of evangelization in all its richness, complexity and dynamism does so only at the risk of impoverishing it and even of distorting it".

I would now like to share my concerns about the social dimension of evangelization, precisely because if this dimension is not properly brought out, there is a constant risk of distorting the authentic and integral meaning of the mission of evangelization

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Interactive Bible Quiz - 2 Samuel
Based on the actual words of the Bible. 
How many times can you get 3/3 ?!  

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 Yesterday I delivered 4 large bags of pampers to Lo Wu women's prison ....my final delivery (no pun intended)....since I have been able to confirm that all "B Ma's" (mothers of babies) in prison are provided with washable nappies ...no need for pampers any more. 

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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 26th
of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Xinjiang

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 26th of the month,  Jesus please bless the people of Togo

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

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Mon Sep 25

A busy but happy day for me yesterday: usual 8.30am Mass at YTM Catholic Primary School, morning Green Tea at McDonald's, some office work, 3pm prayer meeting for the sick, 5.15pm gathering for the poor (with a large group of kind volunteers). No trouble sleeping last night, except when I thought of the disturbing articles below (all of them recommended by readers). How long will family life and Christianity survive in HK?

 

What's changed in Britain since same-sex marriage?

Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender is 'Mental Disorder;' Sex Change 'Biologically Impossible' 

Cross 'accidentally' set alight as Chinese officials take it from church

China looks to squeeze Tibetan Buddhism even further


  Pro-life groups in Massachusetts demand that Archbishop stop publicly betraying pro-life principles

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

Judith 8: Judith lived in Bethulia.  She had been a widow for 3 years. She loved God, prayed all the time, and often fasted. When she heard about the situation of Bethulia she encouraged the elders to keep on trusting God for help.
Dear God, when life gets tough, help us to keep trusting you
My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 126: When the Lord delivered Zion from bondage, it seemed like a dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, on our lips there were songs. What marvels the Lord worked for us. Indeed we were glad. Those who are sowing in tears will sing when they reap. They go out, full of tears, carrying seed for the sowing. They come back, full of song, carrying their sheaves.
Dear God, please bless all people who are sorrowful as they work
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Hebrews 7.1-28: Melchizedek was king of Salem and a priest of God. He blessed  Abraham.  Abraham gave Melchizedek 10% of all he had. Melchizedek's priesthood  continued down the ages in people dedicated to the service of God. It reached its perfection in the Son of God, the Eternal High Priest. The Son of God, our Lord, did not come from the priestly tribe of Levi. Everyone knows he came from the tribe of Judah. This is because he established a new priesthood, coming not from Levi, but from Melchizedek. This is why the prophecy was made of him "You are a priest of the order of Melchizedek, for ever". Jesus' priestly power to save us is utterly certain, since he is living for ever to intercede for all who come to God through him. 
Jesus, Eternal High Priest, please help all pastors and priests be more like you every day

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Matthew 21.1-11: Jesus sat on a donkey colt for the trip down the hill from the Mount of Olives to the city of Jerusalem. This was as a prophet had predicted: "Look, your king is coming, humbly riding a peaceful donkey". Big crowds accompanied Jesus down the hill. People spread their clothes on the road as a sign of honor. People cut branches from the trees and waved them singing "Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest!" People in the city asked "Who is he?" The crowd answered "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee".
Jesus, may you be warmly welcomed by every place and every person in the world

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Reflection on the above readings:

A donkey featured at the start of Jesus' life ....as Mary went to visit Elizabeth ...then to Bethlehem. And a donkey featured at the end of Jesus life (above Gospel). Jesus' life was "book-ended" by two donkeys!

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

184: Listen  In the face of possible risks to the environment which may affect the common good now and in the future, decisions must be made "based on a comparison of the risks and benefits foreseen for the various possible alternatives".

This is especially the case when a project may lead to a greater use of natural resources, higher levels of emission or discharge, an increase of refuse, or significant changes to the landscape, the habitats of protected species or public spaces.

Some projects, if insufficiently studied, can profoundly affect the quality of life of an area due to very different factors such as unforeseen noise pollution, the shrinking of visual horizons, the loss of cultural values, or the effects of nuclear energy use.

The culture of consumerism, which prioritizes short-term gain and private interest, can make it easy to rubber-stamp authorizations or to conceal information.

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

175: Listen  The study of the sacred Scriptures must be a door opened to every believer

It is essential that the revealed word radically enrich our catechesis and all our efforts to pass on the faith.

Evangelization demands familiarity with God's word, which calls for dioceses, parishes and Catholic associations to provide for a serious, ongoing study of the Bible, while encouraging its prayerful individual and communal reading.

We do not blindly seek God, or wait for him to speak to us first, for "God has already spoken, and there is nothing further that we need to know, which has not been revealed to us".

Let us receive the sublime treasure of the revealed word.

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10 years ago today:

Visit to home of A-Pui & all centers by Australian OMI mission partners Trudy & David 

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 As a loyal Queensland I cannot but admire the courage of the North Queensland Cowboys who are now into next weekend's Rugby League Grand Final!

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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 Ningxia

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month: 
On this 25th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of Comoros

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

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

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Sun Sep 24

Yesterday I stayed home until nearly 5pm when I left for the regular OMI Sat night meeting at Notre Dame College in Kowloon City. All day I plugged away at working on prison-related office jobs, answering mail, email and W'App messages...but by last night I felt like the guy in the joke ....trying to scrub an elephant with a toothbrush ....he still had most of the job in front of him! The coming NGO "Voice for Prisoners" will hopefully take over much of my work, but I sometimes think the war is going to be over before the cavalry arrive(s)! 

How the top-heavy Catholic Church is losing the ground game in China

Plaque for opening of Mercy Centre for homeless men, Cheung Chau, next Sat, Sep 30

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

c.f. readings for Sunday 25

Isaiah 54-55: Though the mountains may fall and the hills turn to dust, the love of the Lord will never cease. O come to the water, all you are thirsty, though you have no money, come. Why spend your money on what is useless, your wages on what fails to satisfy? Seek the Lord while he is to be found. Call to him while he is near. 
Lord,  please help us give more time to things that are important ....and less time to things that are not so important

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 145: I will give you glory, O God my king. I will bless your name day after day. The Lord is great, worthy of all praise. His greatness cannot be measured. Age to age shall proclaim your works, shall speak of your splendor and glory. The Lord is kind and full of compassion, slow to anger, abounding in love. How good is the Lord to all, compassionate to all his creatures. All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord, and tell all the world of your love. The Lord is faithful in all his words and loving in all his deeds. The Lord supports all who fall and raises all who are bowed down. The eyes of all creatures look to you
and you give them their food each day. The Lord is close to all who call him, who call on him from their hearts. Let the whole world bless the Lord's holy name,
for ever, for ages unending.

Thank you, Lord, for your love. Thank you for your love

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Philippians 1.13-25: My chains have become famous and have given courage to many other believers. Many others are now becoming more daring in announcing the Message without fear. I hope and trust that I will always have courage for Christ to be glorified in my body, whether by my life or by my death. My heart wants to go two ways. One part wants to depart this world  and live for ever with Christ in heaven. The other part wants to stay in this world to help more people to know the Lord. 
Jesus, give me courage in spreading the Good News

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Matthew 20.1-16: Jesus said to his disciples: The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them the normal daily wage. Then about 9am he went again to the market place. He saw more men without a job.  He got them also to go to his vineyard. He promised to pay them a fair wage. About noon and again about 3pm he once more went to the market place and employed two more groups of men. About 5pm he went one final time and employed one last group of men. At sunset when the men came to be paid, the owner paid everyone a normal day's wage. This made the dawn group unhappy. They grumbled and said "We have done a full day's work in the heat. Yet we got the same as those who did only one hour's work. This is not fair!" The owner replied "I am paying you what we agreed to. Why do you begrudge my generosity?"
Jesus, please help me not to be jealous of your gifts to others

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 Reflection on the above readings: 

Some people "enter the kingdom" by water baptism or "baptism of desire" from their earliest childhood days. Others when they are teenagers, others when adults, others in old age. It's never too early ...or too late...to become friends with God. As long as we are alive in this world, God tries to establish/protect/restore/improve our friendship/love for him.


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

183: Listen  Environmental impact assessment should not come after the drawing up of a business proposition or the proposal of a particular policy, plan or program. 

It should be part of the process from the beginning, and be carried out in a way which is interdisciplinary, transparent and free of all economic or political pressure.

It should be linked to a study of working conditions and possible effects on people's physical and mental health, on the local economy and on public safety.

Economic returns can thus be forecast more realistically, taking into account potential scenarios and the eventual need for further investment to correct possible undesired effects.

A consensus should always be reached between the different stakeholders, who can offer a variety of approaches, solutions and alternatives. 

The local population should have a special place at the table; they are concerned about their own future and that of their children, and can consider goals transcending immediate economic interest. 

We need to stop thinking in terms of "interventions" to save the environment in favour of policies developed and debated by all interested parties. 

The participation of the latter also entails being fully informed about such projects and their different risks and possibilities; this includes not just preliminary decisions but also various follow-up activities and continued monitoring.

Honesty and truth are needed in scientific and political discussions; these should not be limited to the issue of whether or not a particular project is permitted by law.

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

174b: Listen  God's word, listened to and celebrated, above all in the Eucharist, nourishes and inwardly strengthens Christians, enabling them to offer an authentic witness to the Gospel in daily life. 

We have long since moved beyond that old contraposition between word and sacrament.

The preaching of the word, living and effective, prepares for the reception of the sacrament, and in the sacrament that word attains its maximum efficacy.

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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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  Recently when I was explaining to some friends how I sometimes buy pampers for prison inmates, I realised that the people listening to me needed an explanation I had taken for granted: pampers were for the inmates' babies!

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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 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, Sunday, please bless all Muslims in my country

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Sat Sep 23

After a long day at Lai Chi Kok men's prison yesterday I then attended a happy but long night at Ngau Tak Kok Caritas Centre ...a gathering of Caritas, Vincent de Paul and other groups who care for the poor, led by HK Vicar General Dominic Chan....  ....and I got home very, very late...11.15pm....then did usual nightly recording for Ming Pao newspaper....after which no energy to do a full website menu.

So please excuse this mini-menu for today.

Just one smile: yesterday at LCK a prisoner from Colombia said "Your grandfather has just been to my country". .... Pope Francis has just been to Colombia!

 

For HK readers: prayer meeting for healing tomorrow, Sunday, 3pm at YMT Catholic Primary School (St Paul's Mass Centre). Everyone welcome.

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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 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, Saturday, please pacify the Taliban

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Fri Sep 22

A-lan (not his real name), a local Chinese HK 18 year old, was recently sentenced to 6 years in prison (after "cuts") for trafficking in about 200 grams of drugs. The triad boss he'd worked for since he was 15 set him up. The boss had been arrested with about 10 grams, but by setting A-lan up with the police, the boss was released from detention. And it gets worse: when the police arrested A-lan they said to him "phone someone to bring you 2kg of drugs ...we'll arrest him ...and we'll let you go". 

Mercy (not her real name), an African business lady, mother of 3 young children and 6 months pregnant, was on her fourth trip to HK. An undercover policeman in Wanchai befriended her at a tourist location and asked her to buy 2grams of drugs "from those two Pakistani men over there ...they won't sell to me because I'm Chinese and they might think I'm a policeman". Mercy said "No way". But the policeman badgered her until she gave in and brought the drugs back to him. He immediately arrested her. And at the police station another officer tried to force her to sign an admission of guilt statement. In detention she has not been allowed to phone her husband ("no phone until you've been here a month"). Last night, with Mercy's permission,  I phoned her husband to let him know she is safe, but in detention. He was most grateful for the news but said his whole family has been terriby distraught to have had no news as to why Mercy did not return on time on September 9. 

 

What are the odds that a quake would strike Mexico City on the same date three decades apart?

 

Woolworths omits "Christmas" - Australians react

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

Judith 7: Holofernes laid siege against the Israelite mountain town of Bethulia. Holofernes seized control of Bethulia's  water supply springs, thinking that thirst would force the Israelites to surrender. For 34 days the siege continued, until the people of Bethulia were weak from thirst. The people of Bethulia prayed hard to God for help. The leaders of Bethulia planned to hold out for 5 more days before surrendering. A feeling of hopelessness hung over the town. 
God, help of the helpless, please help people who are in big trouble

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 125: Those who put their trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, that cannot be shaken. Jerusalem, the mountains surround her, so the Lord surrounds his people, now and forever.
Lord, please help us be more aware of your protecting presence
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Hebrews 6.11-19: May every one of you persevere in your Christian life. Never give up. Remember how Abraham persevered in following God, despite so many difficulties. Take a firm grip on the hope that is held out to us by God. This hope is an anchor for us, a lifeline going right up to heaven.
Jesus, you are my anchor. You are my lifeline

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Matthew 20.29-34: As  Jesus was leaving Jericho on his way to Jerusalem, many people followed him along the road. Sitting by the road were two men who had become blind. When they heard that Jesus was going past, they called out "Son of David, have pity on us." Some people tried to stop them from calling out, but they shouted even more loudly "Son of David, have pity on us." Jesus stopped and said to them "What do you want me to do for you?" They replied "Lord, let us see again". Jesus felt sorry for them. He touched their eyes and straight away their sight returned.
Jesus, please heal my blind friend ....(name)....

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Reflection on the above Bible readings:

Some people tried to stop the bind men from calling out to Jesus ....just like the apostles tried to stop mothers taking their little children to Jesus. Is there anyone who tries to stop me from approaching Jesus? Is there anyone I try to stop from approaching Jesus?

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

 182: Listen  An assessment of the environmental impact of business ventures and projects demands transparent political processes involving a free exchange of views.

On the other hand, the forms of corruption which conceal the actual environmental impact of a given project, in exchange for favours, usually produce specious agreements which fail to inform adequately and to allow for full debate.

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

174a: Listen  Not only the homily has to be nourished by the word of God.

All evangelization is based on that word, listened to, meditated upon, lived, celebrated and witnessed to.

The sacred Scriptures are the very source of evangelization.

Consequently, we need to be constantly trained in hearing the word. 

The Church does not evangelize unless she constantly lets herself be evangelized

It is indispensable that the word of God "be ever more fully at the heart of every ecclesial activity".


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10 years ago today:

Saturday morning English at Ricci Memorial Center for primary students

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 Yesterday former HK governor Chris Patten was in HK giving a talk critical of HK authorities. Meanwhile yesterday in London, HK Chief Executive Carrie Lam was giving a talk saying that British criticism of HK authorities was unfair. 

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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 22nd of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Zheziang

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, Friday, please bless all Muslims

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Thu Sep 21

Yesterday I spent most of the day at Stanley men's prison ....checking information I had obtained in Kuala Lumpur and helping people prepare for coming court cases. As usual after a day at a prison, I came away with a load of homework to do ....information to check, support letters to write, jobs to help legal teams. At the end of the day I kept thinking: if it all helps reduce the number of people going to prison ....and helps arrested people get reduced sentences....then it's worthwhile. 

The most moving time yesterday was when I visited an elderly African man confined to an isolation cell ....not long after losing his appeal and having his sentenced increased by three months. We just held hands and said the words "God is good"....then had a long chat, going through my Big Fish photos ...including a photo of the BF who recruited him for his trip to HK as a drug mule

 

"Same-sex marriage" ballot:
Catholic students attacked and vilified at University

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

c.f. readings for Feast of St Matthew

Isaiah 51-52:
Pay attention to me, you peoples. Listen to me, you nations. The islands put their hope in the Lord. They put their trust in his strength. How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace and salvation, and tells Zion "Your God is king!" Break into shouts of joy, you ruins of Jerusalem, for the Lord is redeeming his people. All the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
Lord, may more and more people in more and more countries know you and love you.

My recording of this reading




Psalm  117:
 O Praise the Lord, all you nations. Acclaim him, all you peoples! Strong is his love for us. He is faithful for ever. 
May all the nations love and praise you, Lord

Recording

 

Ephesians 4.1-16: I implore you to lead a life worthy of your vocation. Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. If we live by the truth and in love, we shall become more and more like Christ. We are parts of the Body of Christ. Christ is the head. Each part must do its bit to keep the Body healthy and growing in love. 
Jesus, help me understand how the Church is your Body

Recording 

 

   

Matthew 9.9-13: One day when Jesus was walking past a customs house he said to a tax collector named Matthew "Follow me". Matthew got up and followed Jesus. Matthew invited Jesus and Jesus' friends to a dinner in his house. Some tax collectors and "bad" people sat at Jesus' table. Religious leaders saw this and complained to Jesus' friends "Why does your master eat with tax collectors and bad people?" Jesus' answer was "It is not the healthy who need the doctor, but the sick. Go and think about the Bible words 'What I want is mercy, not sacrifice'. I have a special concern for rejects and down-and-outs."
Jesus, please help religious leaders in today's world to care more about people who are rejected by society

Recording  


 

Reflection on the above Bible readings:

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

181: Listen Here, continuity is essential, because policies related to climate change and environmental protection cannot be altered with every change of government.

Results take time and demand immediate outlays which may not produce tangible effects within any one government's term.

That is why, in the absence of pressure from the public and from civic institutions, political authorities will always be reluctant to intervene, all the more when urgent needs must be met. 

To take up these responsibilities and the costs they entail, politicians will inevitably clash with the mindset of short-term gain and results which dominates present-day economics and politics. 

But if they are courageous, they will attest to their God-given dignity and leave behind a testimony of selfless responsibility.

A healthy politics is sorely needed, capable of reforming and coordinating institutions, promoting best practices and overcoming undue pressure and bureaucratic inertia.

It should be added, though, that even the best mechanisms can break down when there are no worthy goals and values, or a genuine and profound humanism to serve as the basis of a noble and generous society.

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

173: Listen  Genuine spiritual accompaniment always begins and flourishes in the context of service to the mission of evangelization

Paul's relationship with Timothy and Titus provides an example of this accompaniment and formation which takes place in the midst of apostolic activity

Entrusting them with the mission of remaining in each city to "put in order what remains to be done", Paul also gives them rules for their personal lives and their pastoral activity. 

This is clearly distinct from every kind of intrusive accompaniment or isolated self-realization.

Missionary disciples accompany missionary disciples.


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10 years ago today:

DG! Phone line and internet connected at Marco Polo Center this morning. Many thanks to San Mao Tie Tong Phone Company!

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 In today's Gospel Jesus is in hot water with the religious leaders for eating with tax collectors and prostitutes. Well, in the area where I live there are prostitutes everywhere ....and I support groups who reach out to them. But I have to admit one failure: I've yet to find even one tax collector! 

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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 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, 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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