English students: 
four new recordings with text each day
See below
The Book Blog

Use to/from school/work ! 

(see: need to cancel "archive" in some search results) V2Catholic.com   A voice for the poor 
Edited by Hong Kong prison chaplain Fr John Wotherspoon O.M.I. 
胡 頌 恆 神 父    jdwomi@gmail.com

DV  A new menu 7 days a week to help people keep up to date with what is happening in the world and in the Church, with a special hope that HK English students and sick friends will find The Book passages a source of extra help and encouragement

DG - Since August 3, 2013, this website has saved many dozens of Africans from going to prison in HK.  See "Drugs", below.

V2Catholic now on Facebook.
God bless kind FB editor  in Melbourne 

Archive of articles and many other items linked at the bottom of this page


 
Imitating Pope Francis Franc


Mon Jan 26

Daily photo reports 
of my Africa visit:

Jan 25 Dar Es Salaam

Jan 19Arusha-Mwanza
Jan 17
Tanga/Namanga
Jan 16
Pemba-Tanga

Jan 15
Pemba flight
Jan 14
Clouds Media

Jan 13 (BBC/hospital)

Jan 11
(7 photos)

Jan 10
(
10 photos)
Jan 8-9
(
23 photos)
Jan 7
(
30 photos)
Jan 6
(
28 photos)

Jan 5
(53 photos)
Jan 3-4
 (50 photos)
Jan 2
 Jan 1  Dec 31
     

Click to enlarge this map of Tanzania

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Meal last night with family of a Tanzanian inmate in a HK prison...another 7 years before they see their son/nephew. May there be no more Tanzanians going to prison in HK .... no more heartbreak for families in Tanzania ... and may those incarcerated in HK be reunited with their dear families as soon as possible


The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

Comments welcome here! Readers are most welcome to post comments and reflections on these readings

 

Isaiah 1

Listen, heaven and earth, for the Lord is speaking:

"The ox knows its owner and the donkey its master's crib. But my people have rebelled against me.

I am tired of your hypocritical lives,
tired of offerings given with dirty hands.

You are so greedy for profit, always looking for bribes.

Take your wrong-doing out of my sight. Stop doing evil. Learn to do good.

Practise justice towards the poor.
Help the oppressed, the orphan and the widow.

Then, though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow."

Lord, please help me "wash my hands" by doing good for poor people 

My recording of this reading

Psalm 3

When people make fun of me for believing in you, Lord, I deeply remember how you are my help and my shield.

Even when the whole world seems against me, I can go to bed and sleep easy, knowing that you protect me.

O Lord, please rescue me from people who plot against me.

Lord our savior, please bless everyone who needs help.

Lord, thank you for your protection and help

Recording



 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


Galatians 5.13-15

Serve one another in works of love, since the whole of the Law is summed up in the command "Love your neighbor as yourself"

If you go in for non-stop criticism and personal attacks, you will destroy the church community

Jesus, help me avoid unfair/unnecessary criticism of other people

Recording


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke 7.11-17

Jesus and his disciples went to a town called Nain.  Many other people went with them. 

As they reached the town, a dead man was being carried out for burial, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow

When the Lord saw her, he felt sorry for her. "Do not cry" he said. Then he said "Young man, I tell you to get up"

The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him to his mother

Everyone was filled with awe and praised God saying "A great prophet has appeared among us. God has visited his people"

Jesus, please give me the faith to pray that dead people will come back to life - you who once told your disciples "to raise the dead"

Recording

 

 

 

 

 


Darlene Starrs (Blogger from Canada)

A Response to Father Gabriel Daly, O.S.A. of Ireland

I have only two major concerns to do with the Church, and that is, clericalism in all its forms, and the exclusion of women from the preaching ministry

 Hard times return as China bids to bring its economic miracle to an end


Very popular local football team in Tanzania is "Simba". But only when I saw their emblem, a lion, did the Lion King penny fall: in Swahili "lion" is "simba"!


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

Sun: Africa        Mon: Europe & Russia     Tues: South Asia      Wed: East Asia  
Thurs: S.E. Asia & Pacific    
   Frid: South America       Sat: Central & North 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
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


Jesus, please give peace to the world's trouble spots, especially:
Nigeria (Boko Haram), Sudan, Central African Republic, Somalia (Al Shabab), Israel-Palestine, Iraq-Syria (Isis), Ukraine

 

This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's HK Asylum Seekers' File
(stopping South Asians from being "people smuggled" to HK)


 


 

Sun Jan 25

Daily photo reports 
of my Africa visit:

Jan 19 Arusha-Mwanza
Jan 17
Tanga/Namanga
Jan 16
Pemba-Tanga

Jan 15
Pemba flight
Jan 14
Clouds Media

Jan 13 (BBC/hospital)

Jan 11
(7 photos)

Jan 10
(
10 photos)
Jan 8-9
(
23 photos)
Jan 7
(
30 photos)
Jan 6
(
28 photos)

Jan 5
(53 photos)
Jan 3-4
 (50 photos)
Jan 2
  Jan 1  Dec 31
     

I've now been in Africa for several weeks. Maybe my eyesight is failing (it doesn't fail in HK!), but not once have I seen a massage parlor, pornography for sale, street prostitutes etc

Tanzania02.gif (289060 bytes)

Click to enlarge this map of Tanzania

9.05pm tonight HK time on Metro Radio
Hour of Love
  (can listen on internet)
with audio recordings from Tanzania


Used on
Hour of Love:

English audio files
Jan 2   Jan 10  Jan 18   Jan 25

Swahili audio files 
Jan 18Jan 20Jan 22(a)Jan 22(b),  
Jan 23(a)Jan 23(b)Jan 23(c)
Jan 24(a)
Jan 24(b)



BBC
has kindly made available the radio interview with me on January 13. It's 24 mins long - hope it does a bit of good to stop drug traffickers going to HK. File is here 


The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

Comments welcome here! Readers are most welcome to post comments and reflections on these readings

c.f. Readings for "Sunday 3"

Jonah 3.1-10

The word of the Lord was addressed to Jonah: ‘Up!’ he said ‘Go to Nineveh, the great city, and preach to them as I told you to.’

Jonah set out and went to Nineveh in obedience to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was a city great beyond compare: it took three days to cross it. Jonah went on into the city, making a day’s journey. He preached in these words, ‘Only forty days more and Nineveh is going to be destroyed.’

And the people of Nineveh believed in God; they proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least.

God saw their efforts to renounce their evil behaviour. And God relented: he did not inflict on them the disaster which he had threatened

Lord, please help me avoid bad behaviour

My recording of this reading

Psalm 24

Lord, make me know your ways. Lord, teach me your paths.

Make me walk in your truth, and teach me, for you are God my saviour.

Remember your mercy, Lord, and the love you have shown from of old.

In your love remember me, because of your goodness, O Lord.

The Lord is good and upright. He shows the path to those who stray

He guides the humble in the right path, he teaches his way to the poor.

Lord, help me know your ways

Recording

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Cor 7.29-31

Our time is growing short. Those who have wives should live as though they had none, and those who mourn should live as though they had nothing to mourn for.

Those who are enjoying life should live as though there were nothing to laugh about; those whose life is buying things should live as though they had nothing of their own; and those who have to deal with the world should not become engrossed in it. 

I say this because the world as we know it is passing away.

Lord, help me know the shortness of life, that I may gain wisdom of heart

Recording

Daniel Daring:
The power of repentance
A sincere "sorry" combined with a change in life-style can do wonders for a strained relationship

     Previous reflections


 

 

 



 

Mark 1.14-20

Jesus went to Galilee and proclaimed the Good News from God. 

"The time has come" he said "and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News."

As he was walking along by the sea of Galilee, he saw two fishermen Simon and his brother Andrew.  Jesus said to them "Follow me and I will make you into fishers of men".  Simon and Andrew then followed Jesus.

Going a little further, Jesus saw two more fishermen James and his brother John. He called them also to follow him.  They left their nets and boat and followed him.

Jesus, please bless all the people who work full time as "fishers of men"

Recording

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Australia and China open skies in major air pact


c.f. my file:
Near Death Experiences

      Will science prove there is a heaven?


For 30 years as an English teacher in HK and China, I have tried to help people say "hello" instead of "harllo".  No such problem here in Africa. Here no one says "harllo". Everyone says "haaaaaaaaarrrrllo"!


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

Sun: Africa        Mon: Europe & Russia     Tues: South Asia      Wed: East Asia  
Thurs: S.E. Asia & Pacific    
   Frid: South America       Sat: Central & North 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
25th 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


Jesus, please give peace to the world's trouble spots, especially:
Nigeria (Boko Haram), Sudan, Central African Republic, Somalia (Al Shabab), Israel-Palestine, Iraq-Syria (Isis), Ukraine

This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's HK Asylum Seekers' File
(stopping South Asians from being "people smuggled" to HK)




 

Sat Jan 24

Daily photo reports 
of my Africa visit:

Jan 19 Arusha-Mwanza
Jan 17
Tanga/Namanga
Jan 16
Pemba-Tanga

Jan 15
Pemba flight
Jan 14
Clouds Media

Jan 13 (BBC/hospital)

Jan 11
(7 photos)

Jan 10
(
10 photos)
Jan 8-9
(
23 photos)
Jan 7
(
30 photos)
Jan 6
(
28 photos)

Jan 5
(53 photos)
Jan 3-4
 (50 photos)
Jan 2
  Jan 1  Dec 31
     

BBC has kindly made available the radio interview with me on January 13. It's 24 mins long - hope it does a bit of good to stop drug traffickers going to HK. File is here 

A long but happy day yesterday, meeting with local prison social worker Grace (first photo) who, after I've gone back to HK, will follow up contact with HK inmates' families - and then with Grace meeting four families of inmates, three of whom gave ok to post photos on www.

Kind man in first photo is supporting his own four children and the two children of his imprisoned brother, for the younger of whom he can't afford school fees. This website has made donation to enable younger child to start school next week. God bless kind donors who made this possible

Click to enlarge this map of Tanzania

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The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

Comments welcome here! Readers are most welcome to post comments and reflections on these readings

Sirach 51 
(final reading from Sirach)

When I was young, before I became a traveler, I prayed for wisdom.

Thanks to wisdom, I have been successful in my work. And so I finish this book by praising the God who gave me wisdom:

I give thanks to you, Lord and King, and praise you, God my savior.

For by wisdom you have protected and supported me, and rescued me from so many troubles.

I will praise you all my days, and gratefully sing your praises.

Lord,  thank you for the wisdom in this book. Please give me wisdom for each day

My recording of this reading


 

Psalm 2

Why are the nations revolting against God? Why won't the nations accept God?

O kings and rulers of the nations, listen to God's voice.
Serve the Lord with love and honor.

Blessed are the nations that love the Lord

Let all the nations love you, Lord. Let all the nations love you

Recording


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Galatians 5.1-6

When Christ freed us, he meant us to remain free.

Stand firm then and do not return to a life of slavery to Jewish Law

As a Christian, it doesn't matter if you are circumcised or not. What matters is faith that is put into loving action

Jesus, help people whose lives are being damaged  by unreasonable religious laws

Recording

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke 7.1-10

Jesus went to the town of Capernaum. In the town there was a Roman soldier, a centurion, who had a dear servant who was sick and close to death

Having heard about Jesus, the centurion sent some Jewish friends to ask Jesus to come and heal his servant

The Jewish friends said to Jesus "He deserves this of you. He is friendly to our people. He is the one who built our prayer hall"

Jesus went with them,  but before they reached the house the centurion sent some servants with the message "Sir, I am not worthy to receive you into my house. This is why I didn't come to you personally.  Just say a word, and my servant will be healed"

When Jesus heard these words, he said to the crowd following him "I have not found faith as great as this man's"

When the messengers got back to the house, they saw that the servant was healed and in perfect health

"Jesus,  I am not worthy to receive you.  Say but the word and I shall be healed"  (Communion service prayer)

Recording


David Timbs

 

The Synod of Bishops

Pope Francis has challenged the Bishops to snap out of their collective amnesia and to liberate themselves from the years of blind obedience, supine compliance and micro-management imposed on them from 1978 to 2012


Brian Johnstone

The right to freedom of speech

At guest house where I stayed at Namanga last weekend, the registration form had a space for "tribe". I told the staff that I don't belong to any tribe and that "Tribe" is not used in Australia, HK etc. But they insisted I fill in the space. So, being from Brisbane, for "tribe" I filled in "Queensland"!


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

Sun: Africa        Mon: Europe & Russia     Tues: South Asia      Wed: East Asia  
Thurs: S.E. Asia & Pacific    
   Frid: South America       Sat: Central & North 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
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


Jesus, please give peace to the world's trouble spots, especially:
Nigeria (Boko Haram), Sudan, Central African Republic, Somalia (Al Shabab), Israel-Palestine, Iraq-Syria (Isis), Ukraine

This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's HK Asylum Seekers' File
(stopping South Asians from being "people smuggled" to HK)




Fri Jan 23

Daily photo reports 
of my Africa visit:

Jan 19 Arusha-Mwanza
Jan 17
Tanga/Namanga
Jan 16
Pemba-Tanga

Jan 15
Pemba flight
Jan 14
Clouds Media

Jan 13 (BBC/hospital)

Jan 11
(7 photos)

Jan 10
(
10 photos)
Jan 8-9
(
23 photos)
Jan 7
(
30 photos)
Jan 6
(
28 photos)

Jan 5
(53 photos)
Jan 3-4
 (50 photos)
Jan 2
  Jan 1  Dec 31
     

Click to enlarge this map of Tanzania

Tanzania02.gif (289060 bytes)

Yesterday in Dar Es Salaam I met three families of Tanzanian inmates in HK prisons, including these good folk whose brother is a HK inmate:
Another family met yesterday is in dire financial straits: inmate's husband died some years ago of Malaria. Inmate took drugs to HK to try to pay school fees for her 15 year old son and 13 year old daughter. When new school year began a couple of weeks ago, the two children could not go to school....no money for fees. This website has paid one year's fees for the two (TZS700,000 each), the largest donation so far ...because an urgent one. But now my Tigo account is showing "re-fill". So if one or two kind readers could please help I'd be most grateful. Still have another 14 families to see.  jdwomi@gmail.com 

The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

Comments welcome here! Readers are most welcome to post comments and reflections on these readings

Sirach 44-50

It is good to remember the famous people in history who had a special love for God.

Remembering their faith and their love for God will give us courage for our daily lives.

They were human and made mistakes,
yet they persevered in serving the Lord.

People like Abraham, Moses, David. Let us try to imitate their faith and courage.

Lord, please give me courage to live each day as I should 

My recording of this reading

Psalm 1

Happy the person who avoids evil and evil entertainment.
Happy the person who reads and meditates on God's words.

Such a person is like a tree planted beside a river, getting plenty of nourishment, bearing plenty of fruit.

Such a person is on the Way of Life.
People who do evil are on the Way of Death.

Dear Lord, please help me do good and avoid evil

Recording


 

 

 

 

 

 


Galatians 4.4-6

When the appointed time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born a subject of the Law, to redeem the subjects of the Law, and to enable us to be adopted as children of God, brothers and sisters of his Son

The proof that we are children is that God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts: the Spirit that cries "Abba, Father"

Jesus, help me understand how I have been adopted,
how you are my Brother

Recording


 

 

 

 

 

Luke 6.46-49

In his teaching, Jesus said "Why do you call me 'Lord', yet do not do what I ask you to do?

Anyone who comes to me and listens to my words and puts them into practice, is like a man who built his house on a solid foundation. That house was so well built that even floods could not damage it

But anyone who listens and does not put my words into practice, is like a man who built his house without a foundation. As soon as floods came, the house collapsed"

Jesus, please help me put your words into practice; help me apply them in my daily life

Recording

 

 

 

 

 


China's Stranglehold Tightens on Macau

10 years ago today

2005-01-23,24,25 Visit to Zhaoqing by HK Caritas staff Betty, Constance and Joyce

Two mornings ago in Mwanza when I got up at 5.30 to get ready for early flight to Dar, the light switch in my room did not work ....a blackout. Thankfully I'd packed the night before so not a big drama. Trusty Toshiba notebook was my light  ...for shaving and dressing and final packing. First time in my life to have shave by computer light! (...blade shave...)

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

Sun: Africa        Mon: Europe & Russia     Tues: South Asia      Wed: East Asia  
Thurs: S.E. Asia & Pacific    
   Frid: South America       Sat: Central & North America 
  

Jesus, today, Friday,  please bless the people of South America

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:

On this
23rd of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of
Guangxi

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


Jesus, please give peace to the world's trouble spots, especially:
Nigeria (Boko Haram), Sudan, Central African Republic, Somalia (Al Shabab), Israel-Palestine, Iraq-Syria (Isis), Ukraine

This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's HK Asylum Seekers' File
(stopping South Asians from being "people smuggled" to HK)




Thu Jan 22

Daily photo reports 
of my Africa visit:

Jan 19 Arusha-Mwanza
Jan 17
Tanga/Namanga
Jan 16
Pemba-Tanga

Jan 15
Pemba flight
Jan 14
Clouds Media

Jan 13 (BBC/hospital)

Jan 11
(7 photos)

Jan 10
(
10 photos)
Jan 8-9
(
23 photos)
Jan 7
(
30 photos)
Jan 6
(
28 photos)

Jan 5
(53 photos)
Jan 3-4
 (50 photos)
Jan 2
  Jan 1  Dec 31
     

Click to enlarge this map of Tanzania

Tanzania02.gif (289060 bytes)

Today I'm due to meet four more families of Tanzanian inmates in HK prisons

You might remember my photos with Evans at Clouds Media on January 14. Well, on the Airbus flight from Mwanza to Dar Es Salaam yesterday, the latest TravelSmart magazine had this most interesting feature story about Evans: (click to enlarge photos)
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You might also remember photos of Samuel on Jan 10Jan 11 and Jan 13. Last night his street-sleeper friends told me they took him back to Amara Hospital last Friday and he died at the hospital on Saturday (...HIV + TB). Friends are going today to wash the body and arrange a funeral service .... assisted by a HK inmate's relative who had  visited Samuel at Amara, with this website's kind donors picking up the bill (from donations already received. No need for more at this stage).


The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

Comments welcome here! Readers are most welcome to post comments and reflections on these readings

Sirach 42-43

What an amazing world we live in! The Creator sure did a good job programming everything!

Great is the Lord who made the sun, the moon and stars.
What a beautiful creature is the rainbow!

The seasons, the rain, the snow, lightning and thunder: all proclaim the glory of God.

How great is God who has made such an amazing universe.
How can we praise and honor him enough?

Dear God, thank you for creating the world. Please help us live the way you want us to live

My recording of this reading

Psalms 149-150

Sing a new song to the Lord. Let the praise of God be always on our lips.

Praise God in his holy temple. Praise him in the heavens.

O praise him with sound of trumpet.
Praise him with lute and harp.

Praise him with drums and dancing.
Praise him with strings and pipes.

Let everything that lives and breathes,
give praise to the Lord our Creator.  Alleluia!

Lord to you we say every day "Allelu -ia" ("praise God")

Recording

 

 

 

 

 

 


Galatians 3.26-28

Through faith in Christ Jesus, you are children of God.

When you were baptized, you entered into a special relationship of friendship with Christ

This relationship cancels out old labels like Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. These old labels have been replaced by a new one hanging around your heart: Made in Christ

Jesus, help me better understand our relationship

Recording

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke 6.39-45

In his teaching, Jesus said "Why do you notice the splinter in someone else's eye, but don't notice the plank in your own eye?  Deal with your own faults before you start correcting other people

A good tree does not produce bad fruit. A bad tree does not produce good fruit. The fruit tells you what sort of tree it came from

So with people: their words and actions tell you what their heart is like - good or bad

Jesus, please help me be a good person, producing good fruit

Recording


Messenger of the Gods
As an astonishing scandal in Canada shows, journalists who should be challenging power work instead on its behalf.

Pope - war must not be waged in the name of God

- appeal for peace and reconciliation in Niger


10 years ago today

2005-01-22 Saturday afternoon: reporters' visit to Zhaoqing Ricci students' homes + working bee at Marco Polo

On flight from Mwanza to Dar Es Salaam yesterday morning, I was sitting next to a lovely young couple dressed in their "Sunday best" and showing "just married" closeness to each other. So I said "Have you just got married?" to which the man answered "yes". "Are you going on your honeymoon?" "Yes". "May you see your children's children" (Psalm 128). "We have four children".  (Not a honeymoon couple ...a "chicken and duck" conversation as they say in Chinese)

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

Sun: Africa        Mon: Europe & Russia     Tues: South Asia      Wed: East Asia  
Thurs: S.E. Asia & Pacific    
   Frid: South America       Sat: Central & North America 
  

Jesus, today, Thursday,  please bless the people of S.E. Asia & Pacific

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:

On this
22nd of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of
Zhejiang

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


Jesus, please give peace to the world's trouble spots, especially:
Nigeria (Boko Haram), Sudan, Central African Republic, Somalia (Al Shabab), Israel-Palestine, Iraq-Syria (Isis), Ukraine

This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's HK Asylum Seekers' File
(stopping South Asians from being "people smuggled" to HK)




Wed Jan 21

Daily photo reports 
of my Africa visit:

Jan 19 Arusha-Mwanza
Jan 17
Tanga/Namanga
Jan 16
Pemba-Tanga

Jan 15
Pemba flight
Jan 14
Clouds Media

Jan 13 (BBC/hospital)

Jan 11
(7 photos)

Jan 10
(
10 photos)
Jan 8-9
(
23 photos)
Jan 7
(
30 photos)
Jan 6
(
28 photos)

Jan 5
(53 photos)
Jan 3-4
 (50 photos)
Jan 2
  Jan 1  Dec 31
     

Click to enlarge this map of Tanzania

Tanzania02.gif (289060 bytes)

Yesterday I was privileged to be given a tour of Saint Augustine University. Why "Augustine"? Becaue Augustine from Africa!

Yesterday was spent in Tanzania's 2nd largest city, Mwanza - at bottom of Lake Victoria on map at left. Many photos taken, but not convenient to post them. Photos will make Tz inmates in HK prisons very happy

To be honest, I wasn't sure if I would get to Mwanza ...long way, many flights etc. But presence of Jesuit priest friend as well as families of HK inmates persuaded me to make the trip.

And how blessed was the Mwanza trip: for yesterday I had two meetings with family of Tanzania's prime minister ...and was able to do what HK inmates commissioned me to do: lobby for a prisoner transfer agreement to be signed between HK and Tanzania (like the one signed between HK and Nigeria). Thank you for a prayer for this intention!


The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

Comments welcome here! Readers are most welcome to post comments and reflections on these readings

Sirach 40-41

Wine and music cheer the heart, but better than wine and music is the love of wisdom.

Do not speak sharply to people.
Do not ignore people who greet you.

Do not gaze at another man's wife.
Do not carry on with a single girl.

Lord, please help me control my speech and my eyes

Psalm 148

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the heights.

Praise him all his angels, praise him all his spirits.

Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, shining stars.

Let them praise the name of the Lord.
His word gave life to all of them.

Praise the Lord from the earth, sea creatures and all oceans.

Praise him fire and hail, snow and mist,
stormy winds that obey his word.

Praise him all mountains and hills,
all fruit trees and cedars.

Praise him all animals, wild and tame, reptiles and birds in the air.

Praise him all earth's kings and peoples,
earth's princes and rulers.

Praise him young men and maidens,
old people together with children.

Let them praise the name of the Lord.
He is the praise of all who love him.

Lord our God and Creator, you are worthy of all praise

Recording


Galatians 2.16-20

What makes us God's friends is not obedience to the Law, but faith in Jesus Christ

I have been crucified with Christ, and I live now, not with my own life, but with the life of Christ who lives in me

The life I now live in this body, I live in faith: faith in the Son of God who loved me and who sacrificed himself for my sake

Jesus, help me understand how you live in me, and I live in you

Recording

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke 6.27-38

Jesus said to the people

"Love your enemies. Do good to people who hate you. Pray for people who are unkind to you. Treat others as you would like them to treat you

Be compassionate as your heavenly Father is compassionate. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned

Grant pardon, and you will be pardoned. Give, and there will be gifts for you. The amount you measure out is the amount you will be given back"

Jesus, bless (..name..) who was unkind to me

Recording

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Chris McDonnell (Wed UK blogger)

A gathering of peoples
The papal plea for reconciliation in Sri Lanka, a place where there has been violent inter-community conflict over many years, as well as his request for social justice in the Philippines,  show us a fellow human being willing to speak his mind in a courageous manner


Kenya police tear-gas primary school children in playground protest
Children as young as eight choke as tear gas canisters are fired by police at protest over seizure of their school playground


Recommended by
 a reader in Australia

Pope - No need to breed like rabbits

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

Sun: Africa        Mon: Europe & Russia     Tues: South Asia      Wed: East Asia  
Thurs: S.E. Asia & Pacific    
   Frid: South America       Sat: Central & North America 
  

Jesus, today, Wednesday,  please bless the people of East Asia

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:

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

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


Jesus, please give peace to the world's trouble spots, especially:
Nigeria (Boko Haram), Sudan, Central African Republic, Somalia (Al Shabab), Israel-Palestine, Iraq-Syria (Isis), Ukraine

This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's HK Asylum Seekers' File
(stopping South Asians from being "people smuggled" to HK)




 

Tue Jan 20

Daily photo reports 
of my Africa visit:

Jan 19 Arusha-Mwanza

Jan 17 Tanga/Namanga
Jan 16
Pemba-Tanga

Jan 15
Pemba flight
Jan 14
Clouds Media

Jan 13 (BBC/hospital)

Jan 11
(7 photos)

Jan 10
(
10 photos)
Jan 8-9
(
23 photos)
Jan 7
(
30 photos)
Jan 6
(
28 photos)

Jan 5
(53 photos)
Jan 3-4
 (50 photos)
Jan 2
  Jan 1  Dec 31
     

 

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Today I am in Tanzania's 2nd largest city, Mwanza - at bottom of Lake Victoria on map at left ...and due to meet  families of inmates in HK prisons.

Last night one of the Jesuit fathers whose hospitality I am enjoying in Mwanza told me he heard my BBC interview a few days ago. Only link I can find is this one (in Swahili). If anyone can find the audio interview in English, please let me know (jdwomi@gmail.com ). Aim of interview was to alert people to danger of drug trafficking to HK/China/Macau

See Jan 19 photo report at left:
five flights in small planes yesterday!
And ...meeting with guys from China!


The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

Comments welcome here! Readers are most welcome to post comments and reflections on these readings

Sirach 38-39

All healing is a gift of God. To obtain healing:  pray to the Lord, ask forgiveness for sin,
then follow the doctor's advice.

Mourn for the dead  and honor their graves, but do not let your heart be controlled by grief.

Ordinary working people have little time for study. But the Lord blesses everyone who studies wisdom.

Lord, please heal my friend (..name..) who is sick

Psalm 147

Praise the Lord for he is good. Sing to our God for he is loving. To him our praise is due.

The Lord builds up Jerusalem and brings back Israel's exiles.

He heals the broken-hearted and binds up all their wounds. The Lord raises the lowly, and humbles the wicked.

He fixes the number of the stars. He calls each one by name.

Our Lord is great and almighty. His wisdom can never be measured.

He covers the heavens with clouds. He prepares rain for the earth, making mountains sprout with grass and with plants to serve our needs.

His delight is not in horses nor his pleasure in warriors' strength.

The Lord delights in those who love and honor him, in those who wait for his love.

It is right and fitting to praise and love you, Lord our Creator

Recording

 

Galatians 2.11-14

Not long after this, when Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, since he was in the wrong

He had been accustomed to eating with non-Jews, but when some friends of James arrived - people who insisted that all believers should be circumcised - he kept away from the non-Jews

When I saw that Peter was not respecting the true meaning of the Good News, I said to him in front of everyone "You have no right to make non-Jews adopt Jewish customs"

Jesus, help me understand that it's sometimes ok to criticize top Christian leaders

Recording


Recommended: check these readings early morning, think about them during the day, check them again at night. This habit gives us extra energy, courage, motivation, peace and compassion for each day

 

 Luke 6.20-26

Jesus said to his disciples : "Blessed are you who are poor: yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who are hungry: you shall be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now: you shall be happy

Blessed are you when people hate you because of me:
your reward will be great in heaven

But alas for you who are rich: your consolation is only in this world.
Alas for you who have plenty to eat: you shall go hungry.
Alas for you who laugh now: you shall mourn and weep"

Jesus, please help me to give more time and importance to the things that really matter

Recording


 Half global wealth held by 1%


Msgr. James Robinson, black Catholic pioneer, dies at 83

Recommended 
by a reader

Lawrence Lessig Interviews Edward Snowden

My Islam File 
-  the videos I have watched
 and learnt from

ISIS is a wake-up call to learn more about Islam. I'm trying to learn more by watching videos like this one: Muhammad's life (with English subtitles ...and narrated in perfect English ...excellent for English students)


My weekly article in today's Ming Pao newspaper
with the topic: I am now in Africa
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 


10 years ago today

2005 Jan 17-20: Visit to Zhaoqing Ricci Centre and Area B Marco Polo Centre by HK friends Izabel & Joanna

Last Sunday night in Namaga I had my first "square meal" for a couple of days. Meal included home-made chips, but they were cold. When I asked staff at foot-path canteen would they please warm the chips, I was given a bottle of tomato sauce

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

Sun: Africa        Mon: Europe & Russia     Tues: South Asia      Wed: East Asia  
Thurs: S.E. Asia & Pacific    
   Frid: South America       Sat: Central & North America 
  

Jesus, today, Tuesday,  please bless the people of South Asia

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:

On this
20th of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of
Sichuan

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


Jesus, please give peace to the world's trouble spots, especially:
Nigeria (Boko Haram), Sudan, Central African Republic, Somalia (Al Shabab), Israel-Palestine, Iraq-Syria (Isis), Ukraine

This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's HK Asylum Seekers' File
(stopping South Asians from being "people smuggled" to HK)





Pope Francis:
Thank you Holy Spirit

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