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Imitating Pope Francis


 

Sunday May 1   

     

Yesterday I visited two stage-four cancer patients: in the morning I saw ex-inmate Christine at her nursing home in Yau Ma Tei; in the afternoon I saw inmate Dorothy in a local hospital. Each time I visit them I pray for healing ....and also that the medical world will soon find a cure for cancer.
Then last night I saw this report which says how the Pope is encouraging doctors to fight cancer! Report has these words:
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who lost his son to cancer, addressed participants saying his son’s doctors told him that just in the last 4-5 years, cancer research has reached a turning point and that for the first time in history, many disciplines are working together to bring a cure. Echoing the call of Pope Francis, he said the tens of thousands of cases of cancer need to be prevented, and patients need access to affordable treatment.  

 


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Readings are from Simple Bible
 (which has Chinese translation available)

c.f. Readings for "Easter 6"

Acts 15.1-29

Some Jewish Christians came to Syrian Antioch from Judea and said that non-Jewish Christians should be circumcised. Paul and Barnabas argued against such an idea, and decided to go to Jerusalem to discuss this issue with the apostles there

During a long meeting, Peter reminded everyone how the Holy Spirit had been poured out on non-circumcised people.

James  spoke of how all peoples are meant to be consecrated to the Lord

James then issued a teaching for non-Jewish believers: "All we ask you to do is to abstain 
- from food sacrificed to idols
- from blood from the meat of strangled animals
- from fornication. 
Avoid these, and you will do what is right"

Jesus, please don't let me make unreasonable demands on other people

My recording of this reading

Psalms 66-68

O God, be gracious and bless us
and let your face shine its light upon us.

Let all the peoples praise you, O God. Let all the peoples praise you.

O sing to the Lord, make music to his name. Rejoice in the Lord, exult at his presence.

Father of the orphan, defender of the widow, God provides a shelter for the homeless.

God gives his people strength.

May all the peoples of the earth know you and praise you, O God

Recording 

 

 


Revelation 10.21-23

I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven. It had God's glory, and glittered like a precious diamond

There was no temple in the city, since the Lord God and the Lamb were themselves the temple

The city did not need sun or  moon for light, since it was lit by the radiant glory of God and of the Lamb

Jesus, Light of the world, Light of Heaven, we adore you, Lord!

Recording  

Daniel Daring:  

Keeping Christ's Word

Our love for Christ is manifested in obedience to His teaching

Chinese text




 

John 14.23-27

At the meal, Jesus said to his disciples "If you love me, you will put my words into practice, and my Father will love you, and we shall make our home in your heart

The New Friend, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you

Peace I leave with you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give"

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, please help me understand how you live in my heart. Thank you for your peace

Recording  

 


The Joy of Love - Pope Francis' letter - on love in the family      Full English text

22:   (Recording of 22:) In this brief review, we can see that the word of God is not a series of abstract ideas but rather a source of comfort and companionship for every family that experiences difficulties or suffering. For it shows them the goal of their journey, when God “will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more” (Rev 21:4).


 Search for survivors continues after collapse of Nairobi apartments


Teachers join calls for return of Ming Pao editor

 

Full English text

Full Chinese text

Pope's letter on climate change:
Laudato Si
     我主應受讚美 

34a:   (Recording of 34a:) It may well disturb us to learn of the extinction of mammals or birds, since they are more visible. But the good functioning of ecosystems also requires fungi, algae, worms, insects, reptiles and an innumerable variety of microorganisms. 

Some less numerous species, although generally unseen, nonetheless play a critical role in maintaining the equilibrium of a particular place. Human beings must intervene when a geosystem reaches a critical state. 

But nowadays, such intervention in nature has become more and more frequent. As a consequence, serious problems arise, leading to further interventions; human activity becomes ubiquitous, with all the risks which this entails.
Often a vicious circle results, as human intervention to resolve a problem further aggravates the situation.

 


Shame, USA, shame, shame, shame:

Gary Tyler freed after 41 years of unconstitutional life sentence


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

288g:   (Recording of 288g:

Star of the new evangelization,
help us to bear radiant witness to communion,
service, ardent and generous faith,
justice, and love of the poor,
that the joy of the Gospel
may reach to the ends of the earth,
illuminating even the fringes of our world.

Mother of the Living Gospel,
wellspring of happiness for God’s little ones,
pray for us.

Amen. Alleluia!


Obama administration warns of ‘climate refugees’ due to rapid Arctic warming

Hour of Love  HK radio program 9.05pm HK time each Sunday night
- with messages about African inmates in HK prisons (c. 9.25pm)

SENIORS & COMPUTERS
 
As we Silver Surfers know, sometimes we have trouble with our computers. 
Yesterday, I had a problem, so I called George, the 11 year old next door, whose bedroom looks like Mission Control, and asked him to come over.
George clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem. As he was walking away, I called after him, 'So, what was wrong? He replied, 'It was an ID ten T error.'  I didn't want to appear stupid, but nonetheless inquired, 'An ID ten T error? What's that? In case I need to fix it again.'  George grinned..'Haven't you ever heard of an ID ten T error before?  'No,' I replied. 'Write it down,' he said, 'and I think you'll figure it out.'  So I wrote down: ID10T


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
1st of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of
Anhui

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 1st of the month, Jesus please bless the people of
Congo

And praying for one Islam-related intention each day of the week:
Jesus, please bless all Muslims in my own country 

Letters from (mainly African) inmates in Hong Kong prisons - and other drug trafficking items:   2016

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


 

  Saturday April 30    

Christine (for whom I've been asking prayers as she bravely   battles stage 4 cancer) is now back in her Yau Ma Tei nursing home after a stint in hospital. God bless the kind friends who have been visiting her. Jesus, please tsunami Christine with your healing love!

   

Irish street cleaner pledges to help Filipinos after job swap

A scandal: 25% of Filipinos live on less than US$1.25 per day. Jesus, may the May 9 elections produce better leaders! 

Obama administration urges states to curb use of solitary confinement

It's time to end juvenile solitary confinement, once and for all

6x9 - a virtual experience of solitary confinement


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Readings are from Simple Bible
 (which has Chinese translation available)

1 Maccabees 12

Jonathan sent a delegation to Rome to renew his treaty with the Romans.  He also renewed treaties with other groups, all the time using politics to secure peace for Israel.

But Demetrius once again made war on Jonathan, this time with
a larger army than before.

Jonathan bravely faced and defeated Demetrius' army before they could enter the land of Israel.

Not long after this Jonathan was tricked and captured  by Trypho who wanted to become king of Asia, replacing Antiochus.

Dear God, please give wisdom and courage to all leaders

My recording of this reading
 

Psalms 29-30 

The Lord gives us strength, the Lord blesses us with peace.

Thank you, Lord, for so often helping and healing me.

I cried to you when sickness surrounded me, and you healed me.

You changed my mourning into dancing. So I will thank you always.

Thank you, Lord, for all the times you have healed me

Recording  

Philippians 2.5-11

O Lord, unite us in your love
and keep our minds in you (x2)

Though you were God in state divine you did not cling to what you were. No, you shed your glory's shine so as to live just like a slave

O Lord, unite us in your love
and keep our minds in you

You came on earth in human form and you shared our troubled life. A humbler man there never was, even in death obedient

Yes, Lord, death upon a cross,
yes, upon a cross

Therefore are you raised on high
and you have the name of names.
At that name should bend the knee and tongue confess:  Jesus Christ is LORD. And tongue confess that Jesus Christ is LORD. And tongue confess that Jesus Christ is LORD. To the glory of God the Father

Recording  

John 7.37-39

During the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem, Jesus called out loudly  in the Temple "If anyone is thirsty, come to me. Anyone who believes in me, come and drink!"

As Scripture says "From his heart will flow fountains of living water"

Jesus was speaking of the Holy Spirit, which people who believed in him were to receive. The Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet been glorified

Holy Spirit, flowing from the heart of Jesus, please increase your influence in my life

Recording  


Xi Jinping’s move against Communist Youth League suggests China elite struggle


The Joy of Love - Pope Francis' letter - on love in the family      Full English text

21:   (Recording of 21:) Jesus himself was born into a modest family that soon had to flee to a foreign land. He visits the home of Peter, whose mother-in-law is ill (cf. Mk 1:30-31) and shows sympathy upon hearing of deaths in the homes of Jairus and Lazarus (cf. Mk 5:22-24, 35-43; Jn 11:1-44). He hears the desperate wailing of the widow of Nain for her dead son (cf. Lk 7:11-15) and heeds the plea of the father of an epileptic child in a small country town (cf. Mk 9:17-27). 

He goes to the homes of tax collectors like Matthew and Zacchaeus (cf. Mt 9:9-13; Lk 19:1-10), and speaks to sinners like the woman in the house of Simon the Pharisee (cf. Lk 7:36-50). Jesus knows the anxieties and tensions experienced by families and he weaves them into his parables: children who leave home to seek adventure (cf. Lk 15:11-32), or who prove troublesome (Mt 21:28-31) or fall prey to violence (Mk 12:1-9). He is also sensitive to the embarrassment caused by the lack of wine at a wedding feast (Jn 2:1-10), the failure of guests to come to a banquet (Mt 22:1-10), and the anxiety of a poor family over the loss of a coin (Lk 15:8-10).


Congo, Kenya, US - Is Australia and AFL next?

Ron Rolheiser O.M.I.

Marking an Anniversary

Our families and close friends are forever buying us clothing to try to upgrade our less-than-stellar wardrobes. It’s not that we deliberately cultivate an image of being somewhat unkempt; it’s more that we tend to draw men to our ranks who have other priorities.


Full English text

Full Chinese text

Pope's letter on climate change:
Laudato Si
     我主應受讚美 

33:   (Recording of 33:It is not enough, however, to think of different species merely as potential “resources” to be exploited, while overlooking the fact that they have value in themselves.

Each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species which we will never know, which our children will never see, because they have been lost for ever. 

The great majority become extinct for reasons related to human activity. Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence, nor convey their message to us. We have no such right.


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

288f:   (Recording of 288f:

Virgin of listening and contemplation,
Mother of love, Bride of the eternal wedding feast,
pray for the Church, whose pure icon you are,
that she may never be closed in on herself
or lose her passion for establishing God’s kingdom.

 


The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture. 'Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, 'There's Jennifer, she's a lawyer,' or 'That's Michael, He's a doctor.' A small voice at the back of the room rang out, 'And there's the teacher, she's dead.'


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
30th of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of
Shanghai

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 30th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of
Haiti

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

Letters from (mainly African) inmates in Hong Kong prisons - and other drug trafficking items:   2016

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


 

  Friday April 29      

Islam File    The New Translation

"Same-sex marriage" file


Shame, USA, shame, 
shame, shame:

Solitary confinement is inhumane. I should know – I spent 30 days there

I'm no fan of Trump, but this story is over the top ...much ado about nothing:

Trump devises 'zany' way to pronounce "Tanzania"

He did not make a mistake - people in T alternate between the 2 ways to pronounce "Tanzania"!


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

1 Maccabees 11

King Ptolemy of Egypt pretended to be friends with Alexander. But then he went to war with Alexander.

Ptolemy's army won the battle, but not long after both Ptolemy and Alexander died.

Demetrius then became king.  He had an unstable relationship with Jonathan even though Jonathan on one occasion rescued him from former supporters of Alexander.

Demetrius was replaced as king by a young Antiochus. Antiochus confirmed Jonathan's position as leader of Israel.

Dear God, please stop countries from fighting each other

My recording of this reading

Psalm 28

To you, O Lord, I call, my rock, hear me. If you do not heed, I shall become like people in the grave.

Lord, you are my strength and my shield. In you my heart trusts.

Thank you, Lord, for so often hearing my prayer. I will always thank and praise you.

You are the strength of your people Israel. Save your people. Be our shepherd and carry us for ever.

Lord, please help people who are in big danger today

Recording  

Philippians 1.27 -2.4

Avoid anything in your everyday lives that would be unworthy of the Good News of Christ

Be united in your convictions, and united in your love. There must be no competition among you, no conceit

Everyone should be self-effacing.
Always regard others as better than yourself

Put others interests before your own

Jesus, help me say "no" to anything unworthy of your Good News
 

Recording    

John 7.1-13

Jesus now stayed in Galilee. He could not stay in Judea because the religious leaders wanted to kill him

Not even his brothers believed in him

In Jerusalem, no one spoke about him openly, for fear of the religious leaders

Jesus, people were scared to talk about you, your brothers didn't believe in you, and the leaders wanted to kill you. How small my  problems are compared with yours
Recording  


Publisher to quit HK over security fears

Ming Pao staff threaten industrial action over sudden dismissal of top editor


 

The Joy of Love - Pope Francis' letter - on love in the family      Full English text

20:   (Recording of 20:)  This thread of suffering and bloodshed runs through numerous pages of the Bible, beginning with Cain’s murder of his brother Abel. We read of the disputes between the sons and the wives of the Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the tragedies and violence marking the family of David, the family problems reflected in the story of Tobias and the bitter complaint of Job: “He has put my brethren far from me… my kinsfolk and my close friends have failed me… I am repulsive to my wife, loathsome to the sons of my own mother” (Job 19:13-14, 17).


A year after the Bali Nine executions, Indonesia prepares firing squads again


 

Full English text

Full Chinese text

Pope's letter on climate change:
Laudato Si
     我主應受讚美 

32:   (Recording of 32:The earth’s resources are also being plundered because of short-sighted approaches to the economy, commerce and production.

The loss of forests and woodlands entails the loss of species which may constitute extremely important resources in the future, not only for food but also for curing disease and other uses. Different species contain genes which could be key resources in years ahead for meeting human needs and regulating environmental problems.

 


Pope:  Holy Spirit works in laypeople, 'is not property of the hierarchy'


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

288e:   (Recording of 288e:

Mary, Virgin and Mother, 

Obtain for us now a new ardour born of the resurrection,
that we may bring to all, the Gospel of life
which triumphs over death.

Give us a holy courage to seek new paths,
that the gift of unfading beauty
may reach every man and woman.
 

 


When NASA started sending astronauts into space they quickly discovered that ball-points would not work in zero gravity.  To combat this problem, Congress approved a program and NASA scientists spent a decade and over $165 million developing a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, on almost any surface and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 300 degrees C.


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
29th of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of
Chongqing

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 29th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of
Mauritania

And praying for one Islam-related intention each day of the week:
Jesus, on this Muslim day of prayer, please bless all Muslims!

Letters from (mainly African) inmates in Hong Kong prisons - and other drug trafficking items:   2016

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


 

  Thursday April 28 

    Islam File    The New Translation

"Same-sex marriage" file

BBC video  
Upsurge in East African drug traffickers    
I hope this report does a bit of good, though it's been so heavily edited that it's not able to cover many aspects of the big picture (e.g. does not mention the way Nigerian Drug Lords at Dubai airport are tricking passengers into carrying items to Hong Kong) 

BBC video

Refugees chosen by Pope - 'We are famous'


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

1 Maccabees 10

When King Demetrius was challenged for the throne by Alexander, Demetrius tried to get Jonathan's support for a possible war with Alexander.

Alexander then also sought Jonathan's support, and appointed him as high priest of Israel.

Demetrius again tried to win Jonathan's support, but Jonathan and the Jews did not trust Demetrius.

Alexander and Demetrius went to war. Demetrius died in the battle.

Alexander then became king. He married Cleopatra, daughter of Egypt's Ptolemy, thus securing a treaty with Egypt.

Jonathan met Alexander and Ptolemy and was given great honor in their presence.

About 147 B.C. Demetrius son of Demetrius challenged Alexander for the throne.

This younger Demetrius also challenged Jonathan to fight.

Jonathan defeated the army of Demetrius. Alexander then gave Jonathan new honors.

Dear God, please help all countries live at peace with each other
My recording of this reading

Psalm 27 

The Lord is my light and my help, whom shall I fear? 

The Lord is the stronghold of my life, before whom shall I shrink?

Though an army encamp against me, even then would I trust.

There is one thing I ask of the Lord, for this I long: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.

It is your face, O Lord, that I seek. Hide not your face. I am sure I will see your goodness in the land of the living.

Hope in the Lord, hold firm and take heart. Hope in the Lord!

Lord, you are my light and my help. I will always praise you. 
Recording

 

 

 

 


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

Recording

 

 

 

John 6.59-69

After hearing what Jesus said about his flesh and blood, many of his disciples said "How can anyone believe in such crazy ideas?"  Many disciples then stopped following Jesus

Jesus said to the 12 apostles "What about you? Are you also going to leave me?"

Peter replied "Lord, who shall we go to? You have the message of eternal life. We believe you are the Holy One of God"

Jesus, please don't ever let me stop following you

 

 

 

 

Recording

 


I have read all of this article ..... God, please give peace to Nigeria!

Nigerian bishop warns Boko Haram is down but not out


 

The Joy of Love - Pope Francis' letter - on love in the family      Full English text

19:   (Recording of 19:The idyllic picture presented in Psalm 128 is not at odds with a bitter truth found through-out sacred Scripture, that is, the presence of pain, evil and violence that break up families and their communion of life and love. 

For good reason Christ’s teaching on marriage (cf. Mt 19:3-9) is inserted within a dispute about divorce. The word of God constantly testifies to that sombre dimension already present at the beginning, when, through sin, the relationship of love and purity between man and woman turns into domination: “Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you” (Gen 3:16).


Fr. Hans Kung says Francis responded to request for free discussion on infallibility dogma


 Cheque book solution on asylum is unconstitutional
A bench of five justices of the Supreme Court of Justice, the highest court in Papua New Guinea, has unanimously ruled that the detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island is unconstitutional


Full English text

Full Chinese text

Pope's letter on climate change:
Laudato Si
     我主應受讚美 

31:   (Recording of 31:)  Greater scarcity of water will lead to an increase in the cost of food and the various products which depend on its use.

Some studies warn that an acute water shortage may occur within a few decades unless urgent action is taken.

The environmental repercussions could affect billions of people; it is also conceivable that the control of water by large multinational businesses may become a major source of conflict in this century.[23]



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

288d:   (Recording of 288d:

Mary, Virgin and Mother, 
Filled with Christ’s presence,
you brought joy to John the Baptist,
making him exult in the womb of his mother.

Brimming over with joy,
you sang of the great things done by God.

Having stood at the foot of the cross with unyielding faith,
you received the joyful comfort of the resurrection,
and joined the disciples in awaiting the Spirit
so that the evangelizing Church might be born.

 


When I saved the Papua & New Guinea flag for asylum seekers' story on today's menu, I had to smile at the saved file name: PNG.png !


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
28th of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of
Beijing

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 28th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of
Lesotho

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

Letters from (mainly African) inmates in Hong Kong prisons - and other drug trafficking items:   2016

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


 

Wednesday April 27  


Pope writes back to prisoners:
He encouraged them to transform the past “into a journey of growth, of faith and charity.”

Islam File    The New Translation

"Same-sex marriage" file

Yesterday was day 3 of the annual Oblate retreat in Hong Kong. At the end of a talk on Pope Francis' call for Christians to do more for the poor, our retreat master posed these two questions for priests:

"During the week, how many meals do I take with my rich friends, and how many meals do I share with the poor?"

"During the week, how many hours do I spend with my middle-class friends, and how many hours with the poor?

Maybe from now on I can try to have at least one or two meals with the poor each week? 

Chris McDonnell  
(Wed UK blogger)
 

Anticipating Spring and the changing Seasons
Pope Francis is basically asking  “What are you doing? 


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

1 Maccabees 9

King Demetrius sent another army against Israel. The size of this army was so large that many of Judas' soldiers deserted him.

Judas had only a small force to fight the king's army. Judas could have saved his life by running away from the battle, but he courageously chose to stay and fight.

Judas died in the battle and his troops fled. Judas' brother Jonathan succeeded him as leader of the Jews.

Jonathan gradually reclaimed control of most of the country
and again there was peace for a time.

Dear God, please give me some of the courage of Judas

Psalms 24-26

The Lord's is the earth and all its peoples. It is the Lord who is Creator of the universe.

May all hearts open their doors to the Lord. Let him enter, the king of glory.

Lord I hope in you all the day long. Forgive my sins and help me walk in your truth.

God my savior, teach me your way of truth

Recording 

 

 

 

Philippians 1.1-9

From Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the believers in the Church at Philippi

We wish you the grace and peace of  God our Father and of the Lord Jesus Christ

I thank God whenever I think of you. Every time I pray for you, I pray with joy, remembering how you helped to spread the Good News

You have a permanent place in my heart. God knows how much I miss you. I love you as Christ Jesus loves you

My prayer is that your love for each other will increase more and more, helping you always to know what is good and to avoid what is bad

Jesus, thank you for all the people who have a permanent place in my heart

Recording 

John 6.52-58

The people said among themselves  "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"

Jesus replied "If you refuse to eat my flesh , and drink my blood, you will not have life in you. Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life

For my flesh is real food, and my blood is real drink. Anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me, and I live in them

As I, who am sent by the living Father, myself draw life from the Father, so whoever eats me will draw life from me

This is the bread come down from heaven.
Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever"

Jesus, thank you for the gift of your Body and Blood
in Holy Communion

Recording 


The Joy of Love - Pope Francis' letter - on love in the family     Full English text

18:   (Recording of 18:) The Gospel goes on to remind us that children are not the property of a family, but have their own lives to lead. Jesus is a model of obedience to his earthly parents, placing himself under their charge (cf. Lk 2:51), but he also shows that children’s life decisions and their Christian vocation may demand a parting for the sake of the Kingdom of God (cf. Mt 10:34-37; Lk 9:59-62).

 Jesus himself, at twelve years of age, tells Mary and Joseph that he has a greater mission to accomplish apart from his earthly family (cf. Lk 2:48-50). In this way, he shows the need for other, deeper bonds even within the family: “My mother and my brethren are those who hear the word of God and do it” (Lk 8:21). 

All the same, in the concern he shows for children – whom the societies of the ancient Near East viewed as subjects without particular rights and even as family property – Jesus goes so far as to present them as teachers, on account of their simple trust and spontaneity towards others. “Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 18:3-4).


China may be readying new crackdown on religion


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Pope's letter on climate change:
Laudato Si
     我主應受讚美 

30:   (Recording of 30:

Even as the quality of available water is constantly diminishing, in some places, there is a growing tendency, despite its scarcity, to privatize this resource, turning it into a commodity subject to the laws of the market. 

Yet access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise of other human rights.

Our world has a grave social debt towards the poor who lack access to drinking water, because they are denied the right to a life consistent with their inalienable dignity. This debt can be paid partly by an increase in funding to provide clean water and sanitary services among the poor. 

But water continues to be wasted, not only in the developed world, but also in developing countries which possess it in abundance. This shows that the problem of water is partly an educational and cultural issue, since there is little awareness of the seriousness of such behaviour within a context of great inequality.


Recommended by a HK reader

Zenit - the world seen from Rome

We’ll back Tanzania railway project fully - China

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

288c:   (Recording of 288c:

With Mary we advance confidently towards the fulfilment of this promise, and to her we pray:

Mary, Virgin and Mother,
you who, moved by the Holy Spirit,
welcomed the word of life
in the depths of your humble faith:
as you gave yourself completely to the Eternal One,
help us to say our own “yes”
to the urgent call, as pressing as ever,
to proclaim the good news of Jesus.

 


10 years ago today

2006-04-27 Class + noodles for migrant worker mothers & children at Xavier Center


Bad Bernie was in prison for seven years. The day he got out, his wife and son were there to pick him up. He came through the gates and got into the car. The only thing he said was, "F.F."  His wife turned to him and answered, "E.F."
Out on the highway, he said, "F.F."  She responded simply, "E.F."
He repeated, "F.F." She again replied, "E.F."
"Mom! Dad!" their son yelled. "What's going on?"
Bad Bernie answered: "Your mother wants to eat first!" 


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
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, please pacify Al-Shabaab 

Letters from (mainly African) inmates in Hong Kong prisons - and other drug trafficking items:   2016

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


 

 Tuesday April 26  

Islam File    The New Translation

"Same-sex marriage" file

A new problem facing us "oldies":  yesterday in the after lunch break of the OMI annual retreat in Sheung Shui, I walked 25 mins to (and then 25 mins back from) a nearby seniors home where retired OMIs Fr John Chai and Fr Stan Sun live. I joined them at 2.30 for their afternoon tea ....at which one of the staff kindly gave me a cup of tea and something to eat....at which I had the thought "Does she know I'm a visitor or does she think I live here?"! 

The problem: being mistaken for a resident when visiting a seniors' home!


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

1 Maccabees 8

Judas had heard about the Romans: how they had conquered many lands and yet acted in a friendly way to other nations.

Judas therefore sent representatives to Rome and an alliance was agreed to with the Romans.

Judas' aim was to obtain protection and peace for Israel.

Dear God, may peace and justice be the aim of all leaders

My recording of this reading


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

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want. Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose. Near restful waters he leads me, to revive my drooping spirit.

He guides me along the right path. He is true to his name. If I should walk in the valley of darkness no evil would I fear. You are there with your crook and your staff; with these you give me comfort.

You have prepared a banquet for me in the sight of my foes. My head you have anointed with oil. My cup is overflowing.

Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days of my life. In the Lord's own house shall I dwell for ever and ever.

Thank you, Lord, for being my good shepherd

Recording 

Ephesians 6.18-24

Pray all the time, asking for what you need.

Pray in the Spirit on every possible occasion.

Never tire of praying.

Pray for me that I may proclaim the Good News boldly

Grace and eternal life to everyone who loves our Lord Jesus Christ

Jesus, help me to put Paul's teaching into practice in my life

Recording 

 John 6.42-51

The people criticized  Jesus saying "We know his father and mother. How can he say he has come down from heaven?"

Jesus replied "I am the bread of life. If you eat this bread which has come down from heaven, you will live forever

I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.
Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever

And the bread that I will give is my flesh, for the life of the world"

Jesus, living bread come down from heaven, please help me understand how you give your flesh for the life of the world

Recording 


Christians protest over mainland crosses campaign
Cardinal Joseph Zen said he was worried the anti-Christian campaign could spread to Hong Kong

Pope Francis tells teens 'happiness is not an app you can download'


Ming Pao staff attend news award dressed in black
Chief Executive CY Leung said press freedom is the corner stone of Hong Kong and the government will safeguard this core value (?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????)


The Joy of Love - Pope Francis' letter - on love in the family      Full English text

17:   (Recording of 17:)  Parents have a serious responsibility for this work of education, as the Biblical sages often remind us (cf. Prov 3:11-12; 6:20-22; 13:1; 22:15; 23:13-14; 29:17). Children, for their part, are called to accept and practice the commandment: “Honour your father and your mother” (Ex 20:12).

Here the verb “to honour” has to do with the fulfilment of family and social commitments; these are not to be disregarded under the pretence of religious motives (cf. Mk 7:11-13). “Whoever honours his father atones for sins, and whoever glorifies his mother is like one who lays up treasure” (Sir 3:3-4).



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Pope's letter on climate change:
Laudato Si
     我主應受讚美 

29:   (Recording of 29:

One particularly serious problem is the quality of water available to the poor.

Every day, unsafe water results in many deaths and the spread of water-related diseases, including those caused by microorganisms and chemical substances.

Dysentery and cholera, linked to inadequate hygiene and water supplies, are a significant cause of suffering and of infant mortality.

Underground water sources in many places are threatened by the pollution produced in certain mining, farming and industrial activities, especially in countries lacking adequate regulation or controls. 

It is not only a question of industrial waste. Detergents and chemical products, commonly used in many places of the world, continue to pour into our rivers, lakes and seas.



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

288:   (Recording of 288:Mary is the woman of prayer and work in Nazareth, and she is also Our Lady of Help, who sets out from her town “with haste” (Lk 1:39) to be of service to others. This interplay of justice and tenderness, of contemplation and concern for others, is what makes the ecclesial community look to Mary as a model of evangelization. 

We implore her maternal intercession that the Church may become a home for many peoples, a mother for all peoples, and that the way may be opened to the birth of a new world. It is the Risen Christ who tells us, with a power that fills us with confidence and unshakeable hope: “Behold, I make all things new” (Rev 21:5)

 



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
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, please pacify Boko Haram 

Letters from (mainly African) inmates in Hong Kong prisons - and other drug trafficking items:   2016

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


 

  Monday April 25      Holiday today in Australia & NZ: Anzac Day

Last night I joined 14 other Oblate priests for the annual Hong Kong OMI retreat, being held in Sheung Shui, due to finish Friday afternoon. When I was much younger, going to a retreat was a bit of a chore. But in recent years I really look forward to retreats as a break from a hectic schedule and a chance to spend time with other Oblates. Our retreat is being led by a former Superior General of the Divine Word Congregation. During this week I will ask a special blessing on all sick friends - especially Christine, Dorothy and Elizabeth ....on all inmates ......on all benefactors ....and on all dear readers of this little website. Thank you for a prayer for the retreat group. Come Holy Spirit!

The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Readings are from Simple Bible
 (which has Chinese translation available)

1 Maccabees 7

Some Jews who were disloyal to Judas joined with supporters of the new king, Demetrius, to plot the overthrow of Judas.

Nicanor, one of the king's generals, was sent to defeat Judas
and exterminate the Jews.

But when the battle took place, Nicanor himself died and his army was routed.

Once again the land experienced peace for a while.

Dear God, please protect us from people who are disloyal

My recording of this reading

Psalm 22 (a) (Many things in this psalm happened to Jesus when he was put to death. This psalm prophesizes Jesus' death)

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? I call to you for help, but day and night you give no reply.

I am a worm and not a man.
Everyone who sees me makes fun of me.

They taunt  me: "He trusted in the Lord, why doesn't the Lord help him?"

Like water I am poured out, my bones no longer connected. My throat is parched, my tongue sticks to my jaws.

Many evil people attack me. They make holes in my hands and my feet. They await my death.

They divide my clothing among them, they throw a dice for my robe.

Recording 


Psalm 22 (b)

Yet I know Lord, that  you are good and holy. I know how you heard the cries of our ancestors and you helped them.

It was you who took me from the womb and entrusted me to my mother's breast.

To you I was committed from my birth, from my mother's womb you have been my God.

Lord, I trust in you even now. I trust you will not scorn my prayer.

Even now I praise you as my Creator. May all the nations know and worship you.

Lord, please help people who are in big trouble right now,
especially people whose lives are in danger

Recording 

 

John 6.35-40

Jesus said to the people "The bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world

I am the bread of life. Anyone who comes to me will never be hungry. Anyone who believes in me will never be thirsty

It is my Father's will that whoever believes in me will have eternal life"

Jesus, living bread from heaven, please help more and more people believe in you and love you

Recording 


   Darlene Starrs (Blogger from Canada)


 Feast Day of St. Mark, the Evangelist 

 In today's Gospel of St. Mark,  Jesus instructs the disciples to "go into all the world and proclaim the Good News." The Church's work continues to be about evangelization.  We see Pope Francis concentrating his efforts in this vein. May each one of us be dedicated to do the same.


 

The Joy of Love - Pope Francis' letter - on love in the family   Full English text  

16:  (Recording of 16:)  The Bible also presents the family as the place where children are brought up in the faith. This is evident from the description of the Passover celebration (cf. Ex 12:26-27; Deut 6:20-25) and it later appears explicitly in the Jewish haggadah, the dialogue accompanying the rite of the Passover meal. 

One of the Psalms celebrates the proclamation of faith within families: “All that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us, we will not hide from our children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders which he has wrought. He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children; that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children” (Ps 78:3-6). 

The family is thus the place where parents become their children’s first teachers in the faith. They learn this “trade”, passing it down from one person to another: “When in time to come your son asks you… You shall say to him…” (Ex 13:14). Thus succeeding generations can raise their song to the Lord: “young men and maidens together, old and young together!”(Ps 148:12).


Ming Pao column protest leads to further fears

 

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Pope's letter on climate change:
Laudato Si
     我主應受讚美 

28:   (Recording of 28:)

Fresh drinking water is an issue of primary importance, since it is indispensable for human life and for supporting terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Sources of fresh water are necessary for health care, agriculture and industry.

Water supplies used to be relatively constant, but now in many places demand exceeds the sustainable supply, with dramatic consequences in the short and long term. Large cities dependent on significant supplies of water have experienced periods of shortage, and at critical moments these have not always been administered with sufficient oversight and impartiality.

Water poverty especially affects Africa where large sectors of the population have no access to safe drinking water, or experience droughts which impede agricultural production. Some countries have areas rich in water while others endure drastic scarcity

 


UK Cameron faces knife-edge vote on child refugee policy

Religious groups ‘must adhere to the leadership of the Communist Party’ – Pres. Xi Jinping


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

287b:   (Recording of 287b:)

Along this journey of evangelization we will have our moments of aridity, darkness and even fatigue. Mary herself experienced these things during the years of Jesus’ childhood in Nazareth: “This is the beginning of the Gospel, the joyful good news. However, it is not difficult to see in that beginning a particular heaviness of heart, linked with a sort of night of faith – to use the words of Saint John of the Cross – a kind of ‘veil’ through which one has to draw near to the Invisible One and to live in intimacy with the mystery. And this is the way that Mary, for many years, lived in intimacy with the mystery of her Son, and went forward in her pilgrimage of faith”.[217]

 


Australian leaders keep unspoken vow of silence on China’s human rights record


I watched the whole of this video - very interesting:
The Resurrection Argument That Changed a Generation of Scholars - Gary Habermas at UCSB


A Sunday School teacher began her lesson with a question, "Boys and girls, what do we know about God?"
A hand shot up in the air. "He is an artist!" said the kindergarten boy.
"Really? How do you know?" the teacher asked.
"You know - Our Father, who does art in Heaven.."


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
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

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

Letters from (mainly African) inmates in Hong Kong prisons - and other drug trafficking items:   2016

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


 

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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