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Thu Aug 17

 


Yesterday I spent a large part of the day getting to, at, and coming back from Hei Ling Chau Island addiction treatment centre ("18A") where I mixed with several hundred drug addicts ...including one man who thanked me for a support letter I wrote for him a few months ago....letter helped him receive a conviction for "possession" instead of "trafficking" ...so he is serving 6 months instead of 3 years. When I see the physical, mental and spiritual damage done to people by drug addiction I become even more motivated to keep up my anti-drug campaign to stop drug mules coming to HK. 

Most of the 45 minute ferry trip from Central to HLC was taken up with a phone interview by a representative of a US media company (..a local call from rep's office in HK). And on arrival back at Central I took part in a radio interview for a local program. Meanwhile yet another dedicated local media team spent yesterday morning working on a report due to go to air next Monday. God bless the media for taking increasing interest in the anti-drug campaign (which is more than can be said for our beloved HK government).

 

Same-sex marriage ballot next month: yesterday I tried to post a comment on an article at Eureka Street, a Catholic (?)  production in Australia. But my comment was not allowed. I've sent a message asking the reason for such censorship. My offending (?) 15-word comment: "Re the same-sex marriage debate, please see this video: What gay marriage did to Massachusetts". Maybe I'm jumping to conclusions....maybe a technical issue ...like "no links allowed". If I receive a reply, I will post it here on v2catholic.com 

 

Being an American Christian after Charlottesville

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

2 Kings 21-25: Josiah king of Judah was a good leader who loved the Lord and promoted religious reform. But most other kings of Judah and Israel at this time were not good. The country was invaded by the king of Babylon who deported most of the population to Babylon. Only the poorest people in the countryside were left behind. 
Dear God,  please give the world good leaders

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

Recording

 

1 Timothy 4.8-10: It's good to keep fit physically, and even more important to keep fit spiritually. We have put our trust in the living God. He is the savior of the whole human race, especially of believers. 
Jesus, may I keep fit, physically and spiritually

Recording


Matthew 10.17-42: Jesus said to his apostles "Because you follow me and speak my message, therefore you will be arrested and put in prison. But don't worry about what to say for your defense. What to say will be given you by the Holy Spirit. Boldly proclaim my message and do not be afraid of persecution. Take up your cross and follow me. Anyone who does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me."
Jesus, please give me more courage 

Recording

 

Reflection on the above Bible readings:

Being a Christian means speaking Jesus' message of truth .... which some people don't want to hear ....so they will put Christians in prison. But no need for a legal team to prepare our defence ....what to say will be given us by the Holy Barrister...the Holy Spirit...the Spirit of Truth!

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

149: Recording The extreme poverty experienced in areas lacking harmony, open spaces or potential for integration, can lead to incidents of brutality and to exploitation by criminal organizations.

In the unstable neighbourhoods of mega-cities, the daily experience of overcrowding and social anonymity can create a sense of uprootedness which spawns antisocial behaviour and violence.

Nonetheless, I wish to insist that love always proves more powerful.

Many people in these conditions are able to weave bonds of belonging and togetherness which convert overcrowding into an experience of community in which the walls of the ego are torn down and the barriers of selfishness overcome. 

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

147a: Recording  First of all, we need to be sure that we understand the meaning of the words we read.

I want to insist here on something which may seem obvious, but which is not always taken into account: the biblical text which we study is two or three thousand years old; its language is very different from that which we speak today. Even if we think we understand the words translated into our own language, this does not mean that we correctly understand what the sacred author wished to say.

The different tools provided by literary analysis are well known: attention to words which are repeated or emphasized, recognition of the structure and specific movement of a text, consideration of the role played by the different characters, and so forth. 

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 Usually with a heavy trolley of books for a prison I get the (sardine) lift at Jordan MTR station. But at this time of the year when so many tourists are in HK, one has to join a queue that can can last a long time ....so...even though the trolley was very heavy yesterday I took the stairs at Jordan MTR....but as I took the first few steps I heard a kind man ask "Can I help you?" ....and the two of us carried Brother Trolley to the station platform. Point of story? Such offers are very, very rare in HK. I make such offers to others more than they are made to me! And, like a similar trolley story last week, I took it as a blessing on my trip from Someone Upstairs. 

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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 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, Thursday, please pacify Al-Qaeda

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Wed Aug 16

Yesterday I spent much time at the office of a legal firm ....checking and then signing an affadavit for a coming Court of Appeal case....and I became more aware of the immense amount of work that good legal teams do in preparation for court cases. Barristers for this particular case worked late last night ..... in the cause of helping an African man win his appeal.

 

Dubai Customs on the ball (2016 report):
Dubai Arrest Nigerian Man After Discovering Cocaine In His Stomach

 

As Venezuela implodes, so do the dreams of Chinese migrants

 

During my lifetime I have had some very good dentists ...in Australia and in HK. But my present dentist, whom I saw again yesterday for an annual check up, is the best of all. I highly recommend him to HK readers: Dr Charles Li, G/F, 26 D, Parkes St., Jordan - Jordan MTR/C2 - Phone: 2781 0008. A reflection I made yesterday in the dentist's chair!: We humans ...and so many other creatures....need to chew our food....so we "just happen" to have teeth. "Only a fool says there is no God"

 

Same-sex marriage postal vote: 
Let truth be spoken in love

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  Chris McDonnell 

But what is prayer?
My Godmother often took me to Mass on a Sunday. She taught me so much about prayer, not by telling me the words to use but by showing me how she prayed

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

2 Kings 20: King Hezekiah became ill and was dying. Hezekiah begged the Lord to cure him. The Lord told Isaiah the prophet to tell Hezekiah: "I will add 15 years to your life." The king recovered and lived for another 15 years.
Dear God, please cure (..a sick person..) the way you cured Hezekiah

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 95: Come ring out our joy to the Lord. Hail the rock who saves us. Let us come before him giving thanks. With songs let us praise the Lord. A mighty God is the Lord, a great king above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth. The heights of the mountains are his. To him belongs the sea, for he made it, and the dry land shaped by his hands. Come in, let us bow and bend low. Let us kneel before the God who made us. For he is our God 
and we are the people who belong to his pasture.
Lord, you are our Creator. Our life comes from you. We praise and love you, Lord
Recording

 

1 Timothy 4.1-7: Don't be surprised if some people come up with strange ideas about how to live life. Satan and his friends are always trying to sow lies and deception in the Lord's field of truth. Have nothing to do with strange ideas like "marriage is forbidden" or "you are not allowed to eat certain foods". Everything God made is good, and no food is to be rejected, provided grace is said for it. The word of God and prayer make food holy.
Jesus, please help me remember to say a little prayer before I eat

Recording


Matthew 10.1-16: Many men followed Jesus as "fishers of men", as "disciples". Jesus chose 12 of them and called them "apostles": Peter and his brother Andrew; Zebedees' sons James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus; Thaddaeus, Simon and Judas. Jesus sent them to prepare his way by visiting the places he would go. He gave them power to cast out evil spirits and to heal all kinds of sicknesses. He said to them: Proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is near. Cure the sick. Raise the dead. Cleanse lepers. Cast out devils. 
Jesus, please help all Christians to be apostles and fishers of people

 
Recording

 

 Reflection on the above readings:  

Stop and give thanks to God before and after meals. I ask all believers to return to this beautiful and meaningful custom. That moment of blessing, however brief, reminds us of our dependence on God for life; it strengthens our feeling of gratitude for the gifts of creation; it acknowledges those who by their labours provide us with these goods; and it reaffirms our solidarity with those in greatest need. Laudato Si, 227

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

148: Recording  An admirable creativity and generosity is shown by persons and groups who respond to environmental limitations by alleviating the adverse effects of their surroundings and learning to orient their lives amid disorder and uncertainty.

For example, in some places, where the facades of buildings are derelict, people show great care for the interior of their homes, or find contentment in the kindness and friendliness of others.

A wholesome social life can light up a seemingly undesirable environment.

At times a commendable human ecology is practised by the poor despite numerous hardships.

The feeling of asphyxiation brought on by densely populated residential areas is countered if close and warm relationships develop, if communities are created, if the limitations of the environment are compensated for in the interior of each person who feels held within a network of solidarity and belonging. 

In this way, any place can turn from being a hell on earth into the setting for a dignified life.

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

144: Recording  To speak from the heart means that our hearts must not just be on fire, but also enlightened by the fullness of revelation and by the path travelled by God's word in the heart of the Church and our faithful people throughout history

This Christian identity, as the baptismal embrace which the Father gave us when we were little ones, makes us desire, as prodigal children - and favourite children in Mary - yet another embrace, that of the merciful Father who awaits us in glory.

Helping our people to feel that they live in the midst of these two embraces is the difficult but beautiful task of one who preaches the Gospel.

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 To go with today's reading from St Paul about praying before meals: pastor visited family for meal ....asked little girl to say the prayer ....she wasn't sure what to say so she whispered to her mother "what will I say?". Mother replied "just say what I usually say". So little girl prayed like this: "O God, why did I invite so many 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 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,
Wednesday, please pacify
Al-Shabaab 

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Tues Aug 15

Feast of the Assumption of Mary to Heaven 

John W: August 15 Reflection: In our spiritual DNA, there's something about Mary that moves our hearts on August 15. May this reflection be an encouragement to people who might be influenced to doubt the beautiful importance of Mary in God's plan and in our lives

 

  Many people have been praying for this - that Christians would unite their efforts to defend marriage. And, Thank you Jesus!, it's happened: The Coalition for Marriage has been founded by Australian Christian Lobby, Marriage Alliance, the Sydney Catholic Archdiocese and the Anglican Diocese of Sydney. More than 70 other diverse partner organisations are also on board. 

 

Ex-presidents demand AMA retracts support for gay marriage

 

Obama Misled Nation On Gay Marriage In 2008

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

c.f. readings for Assumption 

Revelation 12: The sanctuary of God in heaven opened and the ark of the covenant could be seen inside it. Then came flashes of lightning, peals of thunder and an earthquake, and violent hail. Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman adorned with the sun, standing on the moon, and with twelve stars on her head for a crown
My recording of this reading

Mary of Guadalupe
Many people see in this picture 
the Woman of today's first reading: dressed in the sun, standing on the moon, crowned with stars 

 

Psalm 44: The daughters of kings are among your loved ones. On your right stands the queen in gold of Ophir. Listen, O daughter, give ear to my words: forget your own people and your father's house. So will the king desire your beauty: He is your lord, pay homage to him. They are escorted amid gladness and joy; they pass within the palace of the king
Recording
 

 

1 Corinthians 15: Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep. Death came through one man and in the same way the resurrection of the dead has come through one man. Just as all people die in Adam, so all people will be brought to life in Christ; but all of them in their proper order: Christ as the first-fruits and then, after the coming of Christ, those who belong to him. After that will come the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, having done away with every sovereignty, authority and power. For he must be king until he has put all his enemies under his feet and the last of the enemies to be destroyed is death, for everything is to be put under his feet. 
Recording

 

Luke 1: Mary set out and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah. She went into Zechariah's house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, "Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled." And Mary said: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit exults in God my saviour; because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid. Yes, from this day forward all generations will call me blessed, for the Almighty has done great things for me"
Recording

 

Reflection on the above readings:

John Bucki SJ: Education for justice Assumption reflection

The spirituality of Mary invites us to the values of Catholic Social Teaching: concern for the poor, solidarity with all people, a preference for the ways of nonviolence rather than military might, forgiveness and reconciliation rather than domination and manipulation.

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

147: Recording  Authentic development includes efforts to bring about an integral improvement in the quality of human life, and this entails considering the setting in which people live their lives.

These settings influence the way we think, feel and act. 

In our rooms, our homes, our workplaces and neighbourhoods, we use our environment as a way of expressing our identity. 

We make every effort to adapt to our environment, but when it is disorderly, chaotic or saturated with noise and ugliness, such overstimulation makes it difficult to find ourselves integrated and happy.

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

145: Recording  Preparation for preaching is so important a task that a prolonged time of study, prayer, reflection and pastoral creativity should be devoted to it. 

With great affection I wish to stop for a moment and offer a method of preparing homilies. Some may find these suggestions self-evident, but I consider it helpful to offer them as a way of emphasizing the need to devote quality time to this precious ministry.

Some pastors argue that such preparation is not possible given the vast number of tasks which they must perform; nonetheless, I presume to ask that each week a sufficient portion of personal and community time be dedicated to this task, even if less time has to be given to other important activities.

Trust in the Holy Spirit who is at work during the homily is not merely passive but active and creative. It demands that we offer ourselves and all our abilities as instruments which God can use. A preacher who does not prepare is not "spiritual"; he is dishonest and irresponsible with the gifts he has received.

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

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 Yesterday morning at CSD headquarters I attended a meeting that was most supportive of my anti-drug campaign....then went to a bookstore to buy items for prisoners....then collected my passport (with its one year China visa - thank you Jesus!), then spent some time at the Catholic Centre Chapel, then met with the inspiring founder and manager of 2ndhandhk.org, then paid a quick visit to Lai Chi Kok men's prison (to check about a coming High Court case), then visited 93 year old Fr John Chai O.M.I. in hospital. In the midst of all this travelling, on the MTR (Metro) I was surprised when a little Chinese boy (turned out to be 8 years old) stood up and offered me his seat. Most unusual in HK where adults always give seats to little children....and little children know their rights and are not slow to colonise empty seats. Boy spoke perfect English and was quite talkative and friendly. Turned out that the boy and his family (he was with his little sister and their mother) are from Malaysia ....

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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 15th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Liaoning

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month: 
On this 15th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of Zimbabwe

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

Jesus, today,
Tuesday, please pacify
Boko Haram

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Mon Aug 14

Earlier this year I posted the story of a Nigerian Drug Lord based in Thailand - Felix C. Ndadi - here (March 15).  A few days ago a reader in I'm not sure which country posted a message (I presume it's genuine) in Spanish on my Facebook page (edited by a kind friend in Melbourne ...linked to this website) to the effect that she was due to marry the same man, but now has second thoughts after seeing the website story. Which is what this website is about ....posting information to stop others being tricked and to expose the Bad Guys.

 

Press release on behalf of 6,000 US doctors and healthcare professionals:
Physicians are Healers Not Killers

 

Today is the feast of St Maximilian Kolbe whose Auschwitz story is truly one of inspiration ... how goodness can confront evil.

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

2 Kings 19: King Hezekiah asked the prophet Isaiah for advice. Isaiah said to the king: "The Lord says 'Do not be afraid of the King of Assyria. He shall not enter Jerusalem. I will protect this city and save it.'" That same night the angel of the Lord struck the Assyrian camp with a type of plague which killed thousands of men. The Assyrians then went back to their own land and did not attack Jerusalem.
Dear God, please protect ....... (the city where I am living now)

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 94: O Lord,  Judge of the earth, how long will the wicked crush the poor? The wicked say "God does not hear". But can he who made the ear, not hear? Blessed are those whom the Lord teaches. The Lord gives them peace in troubled times. When cares increase in my heart, God's consolation calms my soul.
Lord, when cares and troubles increase, please  help us to trust in you.
Recording

 

1 Timothy 3.1-15: To want to be a presiding elder is to want to do a noble work. That is why the president must be above reproach: He must not have been married more than once. He must be temperate, discreet, courteous, hospitable, a good teacher, not a heavy drinker, not hot-tempered, but kind and peaceable. He must not be a lover of money. He must be a man who manages his family well and brings up his children well. How could anyone who can't manage his own  family be given responsibility to manage God's family? He should not be a new convert in case he becomes full of pride. The Church of the living God is God's family. The Church is the guardian of the truth
Jesus, please give the Church good leaders

Recording


Matthew 9.35-37: Jesus went to many towns and villages. In the local prayer halls he taught people the Good News of God's kingdom. He healed all sorts of diseases and sicknesses. He felt sorry for the ordinary people because they were like sheep without a shepherd - leaderless, exploited, and feeling hopeless. He said to his friends: "So many people don't have good leaders. Pray to God to send good leaders". 
Jesus, many countries have bad leaders. Please help every country to have good leaders

Recording

 

Reflection on the above readings:

Jesus says (today's Gospel) to pray for good leaders. "What difference can my prayers make?".  Check this! (August 12)

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

146: Recording  In this sense, it is essential to show special care for indigenous communities and their cultural traditions. 

They are not merely one minority among others, but should be the principal dialogue partners, especially when large projects affecting their land are proposed.

For them, land is not a commodity but rather a gift from God and from their ancestors who rest there, a sacred space with which they need to interact if they are to maintain their identity and values.

When they remain on their land, they themselves care for it best. 

Nevertheless, in various parts of the world, pressure is being put on them to abandon their homelands to make room for agricultural or mining projects which are undertaken without regard for the degradation of nature and culture.

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

146: Recording  The first step, after calling upon the Holy Spirit in prayer, is to give our entire attention to the biblical text, which needs to be the basis of our preaching

Whenever we stop and attempt to understand the message of a particular text, we are practising "reverence for the truth". This is the humility of heart which recognizes that the word is always beyond us, that "we are neither its masters or owners, but its guardians, heralds and servants".

This attitude of humble and awe-filled veneration of the word is expressed by taking the time to study it with the greatest care and a holy fear lest we distort it. To interpret a biblical text, we need to be patient, to put aside all other concerns, and to give it our time, interest and undivided attention.

We must leave aside any other pressing concerns and create an environment of serene concentration. It is useless to attempt to read a biblical text if all we are looking for are quick, easy and immediate results.

Preparation for preaching requires love. We only devote periods of quiet time to the things or the people whom we love; and here we are speaking of the God whom we love, a God who wishes to speak to us. Because of this love, we can take as much time as we need, like every true disciple: "Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening".

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10 years ago:

Photos from Australia

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  As people were leaving the G/F hall of St Paul's Yau Ma Tei after 8.30 Mass yesterday morning, an elderly man tripped and fell. No injuries thank Goodness. Parishioners were quick to come to his aid and had him comfortably lying on the ground ....his head on lovely soft cushion-type material. I marvelled that such nice material could be found on the spot. Then when he sat up I saw what the material was ....a collection bag!

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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 14th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Jilin

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month: 
On this 14th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of Ethiopia

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

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

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So many problems in the world ....not the least being the North Korean situation and the LGBT juggernaut. The more serious the problems, the more we need to pray ...and take whatever action we can to make this world a safer place. Let's pray often this week for peace on the Korean Peninsula ...pray that a diplomatic solution can be found ....maybe Trump might invite Obama or George Bush Jnr (or the two of them together) to go to North Korea for a meeting with the North Korean leadership? This tactic worked in the 2009 case of 2 US journalists freed after Bill Clinton went to North Korea. The North Korean leadership suffers from attention seeking ....craving for publicity 

 

Hong Kong's Catholic Church - Which way forward? - La Croix 

 

As Australia prepares for a postal ballot on same-sex marriage, please encourage others to watch this :
The consequences of homosexual marriage
When I watched this yesterday, I had a sickening feeling: It's hard to believe what has happened ...and what might happen!

 

Hong Kong's Catholic Church - Which way forward?

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

c.f. readings for Sunday 19

1 Kings 19: Elijah once spent a night in a cave. The Lord then told him to stand at the mouth of the cave. Then there was a mighty wind that shattered trees and rocks. But the Lord was not in the wind. Then there was an earthquake. But the  Lord was not in the earthquake. Then there was a gentle breeze. And the Lord was in the breeze. Not long after this Elijah called Elisha to become his follower.
Dear Lord, please help us be aware of your presence in our lives

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 85: I will hear what the Lord God has to say, a voice that speaks of peace. Peace for his people and his friends and those who turn to him in their hearts. His help is near for those who love him and his glory will dwell in our land. Mercy and faithfulness have met. Justice and peace have embraced. Faithfulness shall spring from the earth and justice shall look down from heaven. The Lord will make us prosper and our earth shall yield its fruit. Justice shall march before him
and peace shall follow his steps

Lord, please give more peace to our world

Recording

 

Romans 9.1-5: There is a great sorrow in my heart. It's with me day and night. It's the situation of the Jewish people, how they will not accept the Anointed One. I am willing to do anything to help them accept Jesus. I am willing to undergo the greatest suffering if that would help them believe. They are my nation, my family. They have been so blessed by God. From their flesh and blood came Christ, who is God.
Jesus, God-made-flesh, I pray with Paul that the Jewish people will believe in you
Recording



Matthew 14.22-33: 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 darkness came, the boat was far from land, but it was 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." Peter answered "Lord, if it is you, tell me to walk on the water to you."  Jesus said "Come". Peter then started walking on the water, but he became afraid and began to sink. "Lord, save me" he called out. Jesus took him by the hand and helped him to keep walking on the water. "Man of little faith, why did you doubt?" asked Jesus. As they got into the boat, the wind stopped. The men in the boat bowed to Jesus and said "You really are the Son of God". 
Jesus, please help me not to lose faith in you

Recording

 

 Reflection on the above readings: 

As long as Peter focused on Jesus, he was ok. But as soon as he focused on the wind and waves....trouble. Same with us - especially at wind and wave times - the more we can focus on Jesus, the more calmly and clearly and wisely and safely will be our footsteps...even on water! 

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

145: Recording  Many intensive forms of environmental exploitation and degradation not only exhaust the resources which provide local communities with their livelihood, but also undo the social structures which, for a long time, shaped cultural identity and their sense of the meaning of life and community. 

The disappearance of a culture can be just as serious, or even more serious, than the disappearance of a species of plant or animal. 

The imposition of a dominant lifestyle linked to a single form of production can be just as harmful as the altering of ecosystems.

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

143b: Recording  The Lord and his people speak to one another in a thousand ways directly, without intermediaries.

But in the homily they want someone to serve as an instrument and to express their feelings in such a way that afterwards, each one may chose how he or she will continue the conversation

The word is essentially a mediator and requires not just the two who dialogue but also an intermediary who presents it for what it is, out of the conviction that "what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake"

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

This excellent program - which HK prison inmates dearly love to listen to - is struggling for funding. Anyone who'd like to help, please email the program's presenter - Bruce Aitken: houroflove@gmail.com 

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  Re today's Gospel: Why on earth ...or on water ...did Peter try to walk on the sea?....putting the Lord to the test? And being a professional fisherman, surely he could swim!? Did Peter suffer from attention seaking ...making waves?!

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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 13th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Jiangxi

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 13th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of Mali

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 Aug 12

Some very special good news - thank you Jesus! The fledgling NGO "MercyHK" of which I am a core member (together with Tony Chan and Lucia Leung) has now signed a rental agreement for a house (not a unit) on Cheung Chau Island ....a house that can take more than a dozen homeless men. And ....employment has already been found (on Cheung Chau and at neighboring Discovery Bay) for the first batch of residents. And ...a blessing and opening ceremony will be held around midday on Saturday September 30 ....to be officiated by HK Vicar General Rev. Dominic Chan! An open invitation is warmly extended to all dear readers of this website to join the party on Sep 30! ....taking the 10.45am ferry from Central. 

 

HK politician 'kidnapped, tortured by Mainland agents'

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

2 Kings 14-18: After the death of Elisha, kings continued to come to power and be assassinated in Judah and Israel. It was then that the king of Assyria invaded Israel and Judah. Hezekiah, king of Judah, a good man, prayed to God for help. 
Dear God, please save us in time of trial

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 93: The Lord is king, with majesty enrobed, he has girded himself with power. The world you made firm, not to be moved. From all eternity, O Lord, you are. The oceans and coastlines of the world are majestic and powerful. But greater than the roar of mighty waters, more glorious than the surging of the sea is the Lord on high. Such a Lord, such a Creator, such a God. Truly your decrees are to be trusted. Holiness is fitting to your house O Lord, always and everywhere. 
We praise you, Lord, our Creator

Recording

 

1 Timothy 1.18 - 2.8: Timothy, my son, as I give you advice for practical issues, remember how the church elders prayed over you that you would be a good leader. My first bit of advice is that there should be prayers offered for everyone, especially for kings and others in authority, so that we can live our life of faith in peace and quiet. God wants everyone to be saved and reach full knowledge of the truth. There is only one God, and there is only one mediator between God and humanity, himself a man, Christ Jesus, who sacrificed himself as a ransom for everyone. In every place, I want believers to lift up their hands in reverent prayer.
God our Father, through Jesus your Son, I ask a blessing on the leaders of our world, especially the leaders of my own country

Recording



Matthew 9.27-31: As Jesus walked along, two men who had become blind followed after him calling out  "Son of David, please help us". Jesus asked them "Do you believe I can help you?" They said "Yes we do". Then Jesus touched their eyes and said "Your request made in faith is granted". Immediately they were able to see again. They told everyone they met  what Jesus had done for them.
Jesus, heal my friend (..name..) who is blind

Recording

Reflection on the above readings:

In today's third reading, St Paul tells us to pray for people in authority. Maybe the greatest need of our poor world is .....good leaders....leaders who pray (as in first reading). My final prayer each night as I go to sleep is a prayer for better leaders ....I follow my schedule at the bottom of this weekly menu....so last night, Friday, I prayed for better leaders in ... South America. 

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

144: Recording A consumerist vision of human beings, encouraged by the mechanisms of today's globalized economy, has a levelling effect on cultures, diminishing the immense variety which is the heritage of all humanity.

Attempts to resolve all problems through uniform regulations or technical interventions can lead to overlooking the complexities of local problems which demand the active participation of all members of the community.

New processes taking shape cannot always fit into frameworks imported from outside; they need to be based in the local culture itself.

As life and the world are dynamic realities, so our care for the world must also be flexible and dynamic. 

Merely technical solutions run the risk of addressing symptoms and not the more serious underlying problems.

There is a need to respect the rights of peoples and cultures, and to appreciate that the development of a social group presupposes an historical process which takes place within a cultural context and demands the constant and active involvement of local people from within their proper culture

Nor can the notion of the quality of life be imposed from without, for quality of life must be understood within the world of symbols and customs proper to each human group.

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

143a: Recording  The challenge of an inculturated preaching consists in proclaiming a synthesis, not ideas or detached values. Where your synthesis is, there lies your heart. 

The difference between enlightening people with a synthesis and doing so with detached ideas is like the difference between boredom and heartfelt fervour. The preacher has the wonderful but difficult task of joining loving hearts, the hearts of the Lord and his people.

The dialogue between God and his people further strengthens the covenant between them and consolidates the bond of charity. In the course of the homily, the hearts of believers keep silence and allow God to speak. 

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 Pro-family video on yesterday's menu -
An Impossible Right -     has the words "two men demanding the right to marry is like men demanding the right to breastfeed - impossible" !

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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 12th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Jiangsu

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 12th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of Guinea-Bissau

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

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Fri Aug 11

This is the sort of conclusion that much of my research is pointing to:
Sydney & Dubai customs officers suspected of passing information to alleged crime figures


Pope 'loves China'

 

What a gripping story ....especially if you do a bit of flying!
Australian pilots reveal death-defying ordeal as engines failed on approach to HK Airport

 

 People's vote on marriage - postal ballots to arrive in homes from September 12!
Between now and the ballot, let's pray each day that all Australians will have the chance to know the facts about same-sex marriage ....as in
this file and as in this most informative video
An Impossible Right - interview with Archbishop of San Francisco

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

2 Kings 7-13: During Elisha's life time, there were many kings in Israel and Judah. A number of these kings were assassinated. Elisha also died and was buried in a tomb. Once when a dead man was put in Elisha's tomb, the man came back to life.
Dear God, please help us love you the way Elisha loved you

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 92: It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning, and your truth right through the night. Your deeds, O Lord, have made me glad. For the work of your hands, I shout with joy. To me you give the wild ox's strength. You anoint me with the purest oil. May we love and praise you right through our lives, right till the end of our days. May we keep on proclaiming your goodness, proclaiming that in you, our rock, there is only goodness.
Lord, it is right and fitting to love and praise you

Recording

 

1 Timothy 1.12-17: I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who called me into his service, even though I was an offender. Mercy was shown me, because I was acting in ignorance. Christ Jesus came into the world to save offenders. I myself am the greatest offender. Christ Jesus' patience and mercy to me is available to all offenders. I am a demonstration model of Christ's mercy.
To the eternal King, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen

Recording


Matthew 9. 18-26: A prayer hall official came to Jesus and said "My daughter has just died. Please come and lay your hand on her and she will come back to life". As Jesus and his friends were following the official to his home, a woman who had a hemorrhage for 12 years came up behind Jesus and touched his clothing.
The woman had said to herself "If I can even touch his clothing, I will be healed". Jesus knew what she was doing and said to her "My daughter, your faith has healed you". Instantly she was healed. When Jesus arrived at the official's house he saw a crowd of people crying loudly. Jesus said to them "Get out of the house. The little girl is asleep, not dead".  The crowd laughed at Jesus. After the crowd had gone outside, Jesus went inside. He took the little girl by the hand, and she stood up. News of what had happened spread all round the district.

Jesus, please increase my faith in your power to heal the sick and raise the dead

Recording

 

Reflection on the above Bible readings:

One of the greatest examples of human mercy in recent years: Pope John Paul II in prison cell of the man who tried to kill him (see photo, above) ....forgiving him, encouraging him.

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

 143: Recording  Together with the patrimony of nature, there is also an historic, artistic and cultural patrimony which is likewise under threat. 

This patrimony is a part of the shared identity of each place and a foundation upon which to build a habitable city.

It is not a matter of tearing down and building new cities, supposedly more respectful of the environment yet not always more attractive to live in.

Rather, there is a need to incorporate the history, culture and architecture of each place, thus preserving its original identity.

Ecology, then, also involves protecting the cultural treasures of humanity in the broadest sense. 

More specifically, it calls for greater attention to local cultures when studying environmental problems, favouring a dialogue between scientific-technical language and the language of the people.

Culture is more than what we have inherited from the past; it is also, and above all, a living, dynamic and participatory present reality, which cannot be excluded as we rethink the relationship between human beings and the environment.

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

142b: Recording  In the homily, truth goes hand in hand with beauty and goodness. Far from dealing with abstract truths or cold syllogisms, it communicates the beauty of the images used by the Lord to encourage the practise of good.

The memory of the faithful, like that of Mary, should overflow with the wondrous things done by God. Their hearts, growing in hope from the joyful and practical exercise of the love which they have received, will sense that each word of Scripture is a gift before it is a demand.

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  In Chinese history there's a famous guy who used to lead a group of beggars Hong Qigong. Last night as I had my usual Thursday night meal with a group of homeless people who sleep at McDonald's (God bless McD's!) I thought how Qigong in Heaven (..surely he's there after helping so many poor people...) would be pleased with the Thursday night gathering.

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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 11th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Hunan

And praying for one of
the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
 
On this 11th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of Eritrea

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)

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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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