Pope's Letter:
The Joy of the Gospel

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 to follow the example of Pope Francis by concern for issues like these

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See "Drugs", below.    

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Imitating Pope Francis Franc


 

HK Democracy File
 - essential reading

 Friday  August 1 

National Day
 of Benin and Switzerland

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'World stands disgraced' as Israeli shelling of school kills at least 15
UN condemns Israeli attack on sleeping children as violation of international law (with video)

This YouTube is inspiring!
God bless these Israelis!

Israelis protest against Gaza invasion


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Jews March in New York Rally
 Against Israel War in Gaza

Gaza File - essential reading

Israeli officer: I was right to shoot 13-year-old child  
Radio exchange contradicts army version of Gaza killing

I will never forget the evening my friends and I were sent to kill Palestinian police officers in a revenge attack. We went from soldiers sent to defend our families to murderers of innocent people. I am breaking my silence again today because I believe that the Israeli public and its leadership need to know what they are asking for when they call for revenge. They need to know that when they seek revenge they are actually asking us to turn today’s soldiers – our friends, siblings, and children – into murderers.

Breaking the silence on Palestine (Sydney Morning Herald)

Pentagon confirms that US resupplied Israel with ammunition
- Shame USA, shame, shame, shame!  Palestinian children are being murdered with US ammunition!


Bible Blog

A four-course menu

2 Kings 4: 

A poor  widow whose husband had been a prophet asked Elisha for help when a creditor demanded her two sons  as slaves.

All she had was a small pot of oil, not enough to pay her debts.

Elisha told her to get many jars,
and start pouring oil from the pot into the jars.

As she and her sons did this, the oil did not run out. Elisha told her to sell the oil to pay off her debts.

At another time Elisha brought back to life a dead child.

He also once brought about a miraculous multiplication of bread.

Dear God,  you once worked miracles by the prayers of Elisha. Please let  miracles be done in our day.

Psalm 127:

If the Lord does not build the house, in vain do its builders labor.
If the Lord does not watch over the city, in vain does the watchman keep vigil.

Success comes not from earlier rising or from going later to rest, but from the Lord's blessing. 

Success is from the Lord who blesses the womb of his beloved while she sleeps.

Truly, children are a gift from the Lord,
a blessing, the fruit of the womb.

 

Lord, many people these days don't want children. Please help such people understand that children are a blessing

Acts 3:

When people saw the former crippled man walking, they couldn't believe their eyes.

So Peter said to them "Why are you so surprised? Do you think John and I made this cripple walk?

It is by our faith in Jesus that this man has been restored to health.

Jesus is the Holy One, the Just One, the Prince of Life whom you handed over to Pilate for crucifixion. But God raised him from the dead

Jesus, Prince of Life, please increase my faith in you. Please give me a faith that can bring your  healing to handicapped people

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew 14:

When Jesus got out of the boat on the other side of the lake,
people recognized him and news of his presence spread quickly.

From all around that area, sick people were brought to him.
The sick people just wanted to touch his clothing.

All those who touched his clothing were healed

Jesus, please heal my sick friends (..names..) by letting them,
through prayer, touch your clothing

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pope Francis is due to go to Sri Lanka Jan 12-15.  If he had read the first two article below, I doubt if he would go....just as Canada's Prime Minister refused to go to a recent Commonwealth meeting in Sri Lanka.  For some time I've had the feeling the Pope has been misled by Cardinal Ranjith .... a very humble man who doesn't like pomp 

Refugees and immigration forum 

Australian Immigration Minister's interview with Chris Uhlmann, ABC AM Programme

Changing the Tide Mission


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Christians and Muslims exchange Middle East kindness

Egypt’s decision to side with Israel has cost Gaza dear


Jon Snow has opinions, and they’re fit for TV
When a presenter wants to give his take on Gaza, he shouldn’t have to go on YouTube to do it. 

It was Jon Snow's YouTube which motivated me to do this last Wednesday


Queensland's ("lock more people up") government scraps annual visit by Catholic and legal groups

Why religion deserves a place in our schools  (recommended by a reader)


      Boko Haran foiled in plan to use 10-year-old girl used as suicide bomber

     Female suicide bomber kills six people at college campus in Nigeria


August this year has 5 Fridays,
 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays.
 This happens only once every 823 years. The Chinese call it 'Silver pockets full."

Today is the anniversary (1834) of the first Protestant missionary to China, Robert Morrison,
"the Protestant Matteo Ricci".
I had the privilege of visiting his grave in Macau in 2008 - fourth row of photos at this link.  A marvelous book: Robert Morrison and the Birth of Chinese Protestantism
Morrison arrived in China in 1807, produced the first Protestant Chinese Bible and laid the foundation for the Chinese Protestant Church. 

And .... Birthday today:
St Eugene de Mazenod (1782)  and the PLA of China (1927)


From A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power
by former US president Jimmy Carter:

Page 104:

(..re ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel imposing excessive standards of dress etc on women)

As with Christians and Muslims, Jews have come to realise that the basic rights of women are strongly affected by how men choose to interpret and apply the meaning of Holy Scripture. When our mothers, wives, sisters and daughters are considered both different and inferior in the eyes of the God we worship, this belief tends to permeate society and everyone suffers


Q: What do you get when you cross a computer with a life guard?
A: A screensaver!

Q: What do you get when you cross a computer with an elephant?
A: Lots of memory!

Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel    Full text     Summary

237:  To Christians, this principle ("the whole is greater than the part") also evokes the totality or integrity of the Gospel which the Church passes down to us and sends us forth to proclaim. 

Its fullness and richness embrace scholars and workers, businessmen and artists, in a word, everyone. The genius of each people receives in its own way the entire Gospel and embodies it in expressions of prayer, fraternity, justice, struggle and celebration. 

The good news is the joy of the Father who desires that none of his little ones be lost, the joy of the Good Shepherd who finds the lost sheep and brings it back to the flock

The Gospel is the leaven which causes the dough to rise and the city on the hill whose light illumines all peoples. The Gospel has an intrinsic principle of totality: it will always remain good news until it has been proclaimed to all people, until it has healed and strengthened every aspect of humanity, until it has brought all men and women together at table in God’s kingdom. The whole is greater than the part.

This website's Tanzania File (last updated July 24)
(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 Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)


John W  mini-Blog:

As the situation in Gaza continues to deteriorate, may people all over the world be inspired to speak out, to pray, to fast, and to help in whatever way we can.  I'm especially praying for the Jewish peace people in Israel ... as in YouTube at the top of today's menu

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 join me 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

 

 

 

 

HK Democracy File
 - essential reading

 

 Thursday July 31 

Feast of 
Saint Ignatius of Loyola


Israeli peace movement:
Gush-Shalom

Gaza File - essential reading

Day of concern for Gaza - report here

Who Bears More Responsibility for War in Gaza?

El Salvador becomes fifth Latin American country to recall Israel envoy    Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru have also recalled ambassadors to protest Israel's operation in Gaza Strip.

Another UN school hit in further night of fierce bombardment
Pierre Krahenbuhl, commissioner-general of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, condemned “in in the strongest possible terms this serious violation of international law by Israeli forces”.

He said in a statement: “Last night, children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom in a UN-designated shelter in Gaza. Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced"

Fr Lionel in Holy Land


Bible Blog

A four-course menu

Readings for Feast of St Ignatius

I Cor 10: 

Whatever you eat, whatever you drink, whatever you do at all, do it for the glory of God.

 Never do anything offensive to anyone – to Jews or Greeks or to the Church of God; 

just as I try to be helpful to everyone at all times, not anxious for my own advantage but for the advantage of everybody else, so that they may be saved. Take me for your model, as I take Christ

Words in green became the motto of the Jesuits, founded by Ignatius

Psalm 33:

I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise always on my lips; in the Lord my soul shall make its boast.  The humble shall hear and be glad.

Glorify the Lord with me. Together let us praise his name. I sought the Lord and he answered me;  from all my terrors he set me free.

Look towards him and be radiant;  let your faces not be abashed. This poor man called, the Lord heard him,  and rescued him from all his distress.

The angel of the Lord is encamped around those who revere him, to rescue them. Taste and see that the Lord is good.

He is happy who seeks refuge in him. Revere the Lord, you his saints. They lack nothing, those who revere him.

Luke 14:

Great crowds accompanied Jesus on his way and he turned and spoke to them. ‘If anyone comes to me without seeing me as on a different plane of importance to their father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, yes and their own life too, they cannot be my disciples. 

Anyone who does not carry their cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.

You cannot be my disciple unless you give up all your possessions.’

 

Jesus, please help me understand that I put you first in my life, my love for my family increases, not decreases



From A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power
by former US president Jimmy Carter:

Page 91:
 .... there is no greater challenge than the full embrace of women's equal rights by religious leaders, institutions, and believers alike

Page 95: Famous quote from Mao Zedong: "Women hold up half the sky"

Page 103: The status of the ultra-Orthodox, or Haredim, has changed dramatically since I first visited Israel as governor, primarily because of their high birthrate. They now comprise about 10% of the total population and, if current rates continue, are expected to increase to 30% in the next three decades


His phone message left no doubt as to his intentions: 
"Hello, this is Max Bromson. I am deceased as of July 27, please do not leave a message." (from this report)

Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel    Full text     Summary

236:  Here our model is not the sphere, which is no greater than its parts, where every point is equidistant from the centre, and there are no differences between them. Instead, it is the polyhedron (!), which reflects the convergence of all its parts, each of which preserves its distinctiveness. 

Pastoral and political activity alike seek to gather in this polyhedron the best of each. There is a place for the poor and their culture, their aspirations and their potential. Even people who can be considered dubious on account of their errors have something to offer which must not be overlooked.

 It is the convergence of peoples who, within the universal order, maintain their own individuality; it is the sum total of persons within a society which pursues the common good, which truly has a place for everyone.

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 Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)


John W  mini-Blog:

As I stood for 6 hours yesterday as an effort to do something for Gaza, I had many special experiences:
* a group of 3 very friendly young Israelis joined me for a sharing of our hopes.
* A lady introduced her 19 year old daughter with the words "you baptised her 19 years ago".
* Of the many people who stopped for a chat, quite a few said the Middle East is too big a mess to solve.
* As I watched thousands of people walk past, including so many families (it's school holiday time here) I couldn't help thinking: in order to preserve our own freedom, we need to help other people preserve theirs. 

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. Asian & Pacific

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

On this 31st of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of Tianjin

 

 

 

International Day of Friendship

World Day against Trafficking in Persons

National Day of Vanuatu

July:  Month of the  Precious Blood of Jesus

 Wednesday  July 30 

Photos of HK Gaza protest

Gaza File - essential reading

Israel’s Media Blackout

Why aren’t Israeli journalists questioning their military’s devastation in Gaza?


HK Democracy File - essential reading

 

Jon Snow of channel 4 news from Britain after returning from Gaza. Watch and share
Average age of Gaza population is 17 !

HK Ming Pao newspaper - main world news page - Pope's appeal for peace in Iraq, Palestine and Ukraine (English text of Pope's words)

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Jewish peace activist Antony Loewenstein - Video: Sydney speech on Gaza ..hoping "that more Jews begin to find their voice on this vital humanitarian issue and refuse to allow Israel to speak in our name"

Eight children playing in a park in a Gaza refugee camp were killed, the main public hospital was struck ....... According to the UN, more than 20 hospitals and medical centres have been hit by Israeli shelling and about 1,060 people – mostly civilians – killed, with 6,000 injured. The Israeli death toll exceeded 50. (in this report, with video)    

Australian MPs condemn Israeli attacks on Gaza, accuse Federal Government of being blatantly pro-Israel

“Gaza is a graveyard,” sing joyful Israeli youths - This video shows an Israeli mob singing in celebration of children’s deaths in the style of a soccer fans’ song: “In Gaza there’s no studying, No children are left there, Olé, olé, olé-olé-olé.”  (c.f.r. Nazis gloating over Jewish deaths?)

Israeli attacks designed to “terrorize” Gaza population, international law experts say

Not In Our Name:
Jewish Peace Activists Arrested in New York - Video

The Jewish lobby in the USA


Bible Blog

A four-course menu

2 Kings 2-3: 

The Lord revealed to Elisha and other prophets that Elijah would be taken up to heaven in a whirlwind.

Elisha said to Elijah "Let me inherit a double share of your spirit."

Then a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.

The spirit of Elijah then came to rest on Elisha and he began to do miracles by the power of the Lord.

Holy Spirit of God, fall afresh on our world


Psalm 126:

When the Lord delivered Zion from bondage, it seemed like a dream.

Then was our mouth filled with laughter, on our lips there were songs.

What marvels the Lord worked for us. Indeed we were glad.

Those who are sowing in tears
will sing when they reap.

They go out, full of tears, carrying seed for the sowing. They come back, full of song, carrying their sheaves.

Dear God, please free us from all bondage

      Acts 3:

One afternoon about 3pm, Peter and John went to the Temple for prayer. A beggar asked them for money. He was crippled from birth. 

Peter said to him "I don't have any silver or gold. But I do have something to give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!"

Peter then took him by the hand and helped him to stand up. Immediately, his feet and ankles became firm and he could walk.

He was so happy he started jumping around. He went into the Temple, praising God

Jesus, there are so many crippled people in the world. Please heal them

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jesus, please calm the storms of war in our world, especially in Iraq, Palestine and Ukraine

        

Matthew 14:

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".


Chris McDonnell (Wed UK blogger)
Where have all the flowers gone?
As we move towards the memorial of that First World War, our times too are increasingly troubled and the pain of aggression abounds. Words and more words follow loss of life, anger gives rise to calls for retribution and with each step our safety is reduced


Iraqi Christians brave heat to demand help from United Nations

Waiting for an Islamic reformation
Will the Muslim world follow the same historical arc as the West?


An open letter from a reluctant refugee
Desperation and hope beyond reason all at once, that is the courage needed to embark on frightening journeys. Let that define us refugees


Pope asks pardon for persecution of Pentecostals

Pope to Sri Lanka  January  12-15,  Philippines January 15-19

Pope warns clergy about  'celibate life lived as sterility'


From A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power
by former US president Jimmy Carter:

Page 87: 
We have come to the conclusion that many of the other abuses of women and girls (slavery, genital cutting, child marriage, rape) can be reduced only if women have more access to information about the international, nationa, and local agencies that are responsible for publicizing and ending these abuses.  

Page 90: America's "war on terror" gave governments from countries like Kenya, Pakistan, Egypt and Nigeria more latitude to violate prohibitions against torture and indefinite detention without due process in a vague and open-ended pursuit of national security.

Page 91: ... I wrote an op-ed for the New York Times in which I described in detail how the United States was currently violating at least ten of the thirty articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights  (powerful NYT article is here)


Last Sunday before one of the Masses I had at St Alfred's, Tai Wai, I asked one of the altar boys "What's your name?".  "Jesus" I heard him seem to say. "Jesus?" I said.  "No", he said, "Jason".  Problem was 50% his English and 50% my hearing?


Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel    Full text     Summary

235:  The whole is greater than the part, but it is also greater than the sum of its parts.

 There is no need, then, to be overly obsessed with limited and particular questions. We constantly have to broaden our horizons and see the greater good which will benefit us all.

 But this has to be done without evasion or uprooting. We need to sink our roots deeper into the fertile soil and history of our native place, which is a gift of God. We can work on a small scale, in our own neighbourhood, but with a larger perspective.

 Nor do people who wholeheartedly enter into the life of a community need to lose their individualism or hide their identity; instead, they receive new impulses to personal growth. The global need not stifle, nor the particular prove barren.

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 Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)


John W  mini-Blog:

How much longer will good people in Israel allow Netanyahu and his kind to keep up the attack on Gaza?
How much longer will the US keep on supporting Netanyahu?
How many more Palestinian and Jewish deaths will it take till enough people in Israel and around the world say "Stop"?  "Stop" as in
stop the illegal occupation of Gaza which is the root cause of the current conflict

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 join me 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

 

 

 

Tuesday  July 29 

Feast of St Martha

Where Pope Francis lives:
 St Martha's House


Martha and Mary with Jesus

July:  Month of the
  Precious Blood of Jesus

On front page of yesterday's South China Morning Post

Gaza Again (America)
Not for the first time, Israel seems a state out of control, led by leaders out of their minds.

Why should Israel negotiate when it has the United States sending it billions of dollars every year to buy weapons and build settlements and blocking efforts in the United Nations to hold Israel accountable for its actions?

Israel has been using the peace process as a fig leaf while it further colonizes Palestinian land.

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If you can find any mention of the number of Palestinian deaths in The Jerusalem Post, please email me: jdwomi@gmail.com.
If the JP will not mention the Palestinian death figure, what does that say about Israeli censorship?

Gaza File - essential reading


Bible Blog

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Readings for Feast of Saint Martha

1 John  4:

My dear people, let us love one another since love comes from God, and everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.

Anyone who fails to love can never have known God, because God is love.

God’s love for us was revealed when God sent into the world his only Son so that we could have life through him;

this is the love I mean: not our love for God, but God’s love for us when he sent his Son to be the sacrifice that takes our sins away.

My dear people, since God has loved us so much, we too should love one another.

God is love and anyone who lives in love lives in God, and God lives in him.

 

Psalm 33:

I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise always on my lips; in the Lord my soul shall make its boast.  The humble shall hear and be glad.

Glorify the Lord with me. Together let us praise his name. I sought the Lord and he answered me;  from all my terrors he set me free.

Look towards him and be radiant;  let your faces not be abashed. This poor man called, the Lord heard him,  and rescued him from all his distress.

The angel of the Lord is encamped around those who revere him, to rescue them. Taste and see that the Lord is good.

He is happy who seeks refuge in him. Revere the Lord, you his saints. They lack nothing, those who revere him.

Strong lions suffer want and go hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no blessing.

            Luke 10:

 Jesus came to a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 

She had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord’s feet and listened to him speaking. 

Now Martha who was distracted with all the serving said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister is leaving me to do the serving all by myself? Please tell her to help me.’

 But the Lord answered: ‘Martha, Martha,’ he said ‘you worry and fret about so many things, and yet few are needed, indeed only one. It is Mary who has chosen the better part; it is not to be taken from her.’

John 11:

Many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to sympathise with them over their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus had come she went to meet him. Mary remained sitting in the house.

Martha said to Jesus, ‘If you had been here, my brother would not have died, but I know that, even now, whatever you ask of God, he will grant you.’ 

‘Your brother’ said Jesus to her ‘will rise again.’ Martha said, ‘I know he will rise again at the resurrection on the last day.’ 

Jesus said: ‘I am the resurrection and the life. If anyone believes in me, even though he dies he will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.

Do you believe this?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ she said ‘I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who was to come into this world.’


Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement is about inequality. The elite knows it 
What prominent tycoons really fear is a pro-democracy movement which will convert demands for increasing suffrage into robust demands for redistribution

Leaks Confirm Attacks on HK Press

Hacker Havoc Against Hong Kong Activists

China's (mis)handling of Hong Kong and Macau spells trouble


William Dalrymple

The end of Christianity in the Middle East could mean the demise of Arab secularism
I most highly recommend Dalrymple's From the Holy Mountain which I have read twice


China's Ningbo cathedral destroyed by fire
- see sad photo of burnt-out cathedral
(given the recent destruction of many churches, this fire is very suspicious)

Dozens injured in battle to stop church destruction in China


Brendan Hoban

The Anglican communion has done a great service to the Catholic Church by ordaining women as priest and bishops


Prisoners Dilemma
Prisons of the future should educate inmates not just with job skills but in liberal arts


From A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power
by former US president Jimmy Carter:

Page 79:
 .... though formerly excluded from positions of leadership or responsibility, dedicated and competent women have been the key to our success in every health project

...as in this humorous story on page 80 and page 81!

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Darwin inmates repeatedly break out, return drunk

Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel    Full text     Summary

 The whole is greater than the part

234. An innate tension also exists between globalization and localization.

We need to pay attention to the global so as to avoid narrowness and banality. Yet we also need to look to the local, which keeps our feet on the ground. 

Together, the two prevent us from falling into one of two extremes. In the first, people get caught up in an abstract, globalized universe, falling into step behind everyone else, admiring the glitter of other people’s world, gaping and applauding at all the right times.

At the other extreme, they turn into a museum of local folklore, a world apart, doomed to doing the same things over and over, and incapable of being challenged by novelty or appreciating the beauty which God bestows beyond their borders.

HK woman jailed for drugs in Auckland

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 Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)


John W  mini-Blog:

My weekly article in today's Ming Pao newspaper.
Topic: Why Beijing should leave HK alone
(on Ming Pao website - click "Australian in HK")

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 Africa

And join me 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

 

 

 

National Day of Peru

End of Ramadan: Eid

 Monday
  July 28
 

 

July:  Month of the
  Precious Blood of Jesus

 

Pope has surprise meal at Vatican cafeteria with workers
(gives new meaning to phrase "cafeteria Catholic"!)

Gaza ceasefire reveals full extent of Israeli destruction

Protest is latest casualty in Israel as despair and hopelessness set in

Israeli-Palestinian crisis: why this latest conflict cannot be considered a sideshow

"Stop! I am asking you with all my heart. Stop!" said Pope Francis in a plea addressed "to the peoples and authorities" involved in three crises that presently occupy his thoughts: namely the Middle East, Iraq, and Ukraine. 

"My thoughts go especially to the children, from whom we take away the hope for a decent life: dead children, injured children, maimed children, orphaned children, children who have war relics for toys, children who do not know how to smile." (report)


Bible Blog

A four-course menu

2 Kings 1:

Ahaziah, king of Israel, was seriously ill after a fall. He tried to send messengers to the temple of a false god to ask about his future.

But the Lord sent Elijah the prophet to intercept the messengers
and tell them that the king would die.

The king sent 50 soldiers to arrest Elijah but as they approached Elijah, fire from heaven destroyed them.

The king sent another 50 soldiers.
They too were destroyed by fire from heaven.

A third group of 50 was sent. They begged Elijah to spare them. The Lord told Elijah to go with them to the king.

Elijah then told the king to his face that he would soon die because he had tried to ask a false god about his future. Not long after this, Ahaziah died.

Psalm 125:

Those who put their trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, that cannot be shaken.

Jerusalem, the mountains surround her, so the Lord surrounds his people, now and forever.

Lord,  please increase my trust in you....and help me be more aware of your protecting presence











 

Acts 2:

The crowd was deeply moved by Peter's words, and asked "What should we do?"   Peter replied "You must repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then you too will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit". That day about 3,000 people were baptized

These remained faithful to the teaching of the apostles, to a life of sharing and caring, to the Breaking of Bread, and to prayer

Many miracles were worked by the apostles, and this made a deep impression on everyone. Each day the Lord added new members to their group

Jesus, please help me remain faithful to the Christian way of life







Matthew 14:

Once after Jesus had been healing and teaching many people all afternoon,  his disciples said to him "It's getting late and the people need to go and eat".

Jesus replied "They don't need to go. You feed them". The disciples replied "We have only 5 loaves and 2 fish".

Jesus got the people to sit on the grass. There were about 20,000 of them. Then he blessed the loaves and fish.

He handed the loaves and fish to his disciples. His disciples gave them to the crowd.

Everyone had plenty to eat.
They even had 12 baskets of leftovers.


                

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Darlene Starrs (Blogger from Canada)
The lesson of the waistcloth
We, as a people of God, and the Roman Catholic Church, also need to cling to God,
and we most certainly must be listening to Him, otherwise we might become of no use


Ugandans begin to question the high price of the growing China-Africa pact
The televised broadcast in Africa of a father's last call to his family before he was put to death for drug trafficking offences has sparked calls to review the imbalance in relations with Beijing 
(if I remember rightly, there are about 20 Ugandans on death row in China, for drug trafficking)


John Allen (in Australia)

Will tragedy derail Pope Francis on Christian unity?
Also: Religious cleansing in Iraq, pope in America, and a curious silence (about Cardinal George Pell) in Australia

Now there's a Catholic edition of "The Message" Bible 
(I've been using "The Message" for many years
 ...it's really good ...check the samples in this link)

New book reveals 'jailhouse justice' system in Sydney's Long Bay (Recommended by reader)

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

From A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power
by former US president Jimmy Carter:

Page 77:
The Carter Center combats trachoma in almost a dozen countries in Africa....We have eliminated blinding trachoma in several countries... In 2000 the Pfizer pharmaceutical company agreed to my request for a free supply of (Zithromax) which is the best antibiotic for treating trachoma. In November 2013 we administered our one-hundred-million dose. We have taught several thousand health workers, mostly women, to perform eyelid surgeries....they now perform about 40% of these operations in the world.
In correcting the problem in a community, women are the agents for change in health education, responsible for cleanliness in the home, taking care of laundry, and educating their children in hygienic behavior.

Page 79 :  By the end of 2012 we had seen 2.9 million latrines built as more women demanded this beneficial addition to their freedom and health. I am proud of my growing reputation as the world's most preeminent sponsor of latrines.


Yesterday at St Alfred's in Tai Wai, as I was about to process in for the 10.30am Mass, I noticed a lady (about 30 years old) in a wheel chair at the back of the church. I said hello to her, gave her a copy of "Doctor Jesus", said a little prayer with her ...and I asked her how long she'd been in the chair. She replied in perfect Cantonese "Oh the chair is not mine, it belongs to my employer, that elderly lady over there in the back seat of the church. I'm her domestic helper".  First time I've ever prayed with someone and they've immediately got up out of their wheelchair!

Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel    Full text     Summary

233: Realities are greater than ideas. This principle has to do with incarnation of the word and its being put into practice: “By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is from God”. 

The principle of reality, of a word already made flesh and constantly striving to take flesh anew, is essential to evangelization. It helps us to see that the Church’s history is a history of salvation, to be mindful of those saints who inculturated the Gospel in the life of our peoples and to reap the fruits of the Church’s rich bimillennial tradition, without pretending to come up with a system of thought detached from this treasury, as if we wanted to reinvent the Gospel

At the same time, this principle impels us to put the word into practice, to perform works of justice and charity which make that word fruitful.

 Not to put the word into practice, not to make it reality, is to build on sand, to remain in the realm of pure ideas and to end up in a lifeless and unfruitful self-centredness and gnosticism.

Cocaine suspect arrested at HK airport

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 Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)


John W  mini-Blog:

Pope Francis is not giving up. 
"Keep up the prayers for Gaza, Iraq and Ukraine" is his call.

Jesus, please give peace to Gaza, Iraq and Ukraine!

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 join me 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

 

 

 

  Sunday 
 July
27

"17th Sunday of Year"

 

July:  Month of the
  Precious Blood of Jesus

 

Petition by Coalition of Israeli Peace Organizations
(I have signed this petition)

All 6 Former Israeli Security Chiefs Slam Occupation of Palestine (Washington Post)
“[We’ve become] a brutal occupation force similar to the Germans in World War II,”

If Americans knew what was happening in Israel, their views would change overnight  (Washington Post)

The Guardian view on the causes of the fighting in Gaza
The roots of the violence go back to the Israeli withdrawal in 2005

We are Israeli reservists. We refuse to serve (W. Post)

Melbourne rally against Israel's Gaza 'massacres'

Malaysian cyclist reprimanded for wearing "Save Gaza" gloves

Teenager killed on birthday in West Bank

Israeli Filmmakers Petition, Urging a Ceasefire On Attacks On Gaza Strip  (Huff Post)

Campaign to expel Israeli ambassador from Ireland

Gaza File - essential reading


Bible Blog

A four-course menu

For 17th Sunday of the Year 

I Kings 3:

The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and said, ‘Ask what you would like me to give you.’ Solomon replied, ‘O Lord my God, give your servant a heart to understand how to discern between good and evil

It pleased the Lord that Solomon should have asked for this. ‘Since you have not asked for long life for yourself or riches, but have asked for a discerning judgement, here and now I give you a heart wise and shrewd’

Psalm 118: 

My part, I have resolved, O Lord, is to obey your word. The law from your mouth means more to me than silver and gold.

Let your love be ready to console me by your promise to your servant. Let your love come and I shall live for your law is my delight.

That is why I love your commands more than finest gold, why I rule  my life by your precepts, and hate false ways.

Your will is wonderful indeed; therefore I obey it. The unfolding of your word gives light and teaches the simple.

 

 

Romans 8:

We know that by turning everything to their good, God co-operates with all those who love him, with all those he has called according to his purpose.

 They are the ones he chose specially long ago and intended to become true images of his Son, so that his Son might be the eldest of many brothers and sisters 

He called those he intended for this; those he called he justified, and with those he justified he shared his glory.

Reflection by Daniel Daring:

The Treasure
Finding the kingdom of heaven brings joy. It opens for us new possibilities and new life.

Matthew 13:

Jesus said to the crowds, ‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off happy, sells everything he owns and buys the field.

  ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls; when he finds one of great value he goes and sells everything he owns and buys it.’



Indonesia: new president thanks bishops for encouraging Catholics to vote

First case of ebola reported in Africa's most populous city Lagos
Death marks new and alarming cross-border development in world's biggest epidemic spreading across three countries

Gutenberg Bible, the book that 'changed the world', on display in Melbourne


From A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power
by former US president Jimmy Carter:

Page 74: 
I first saw Guinea worm in a small village in Ghana, where about 350 of the 500 residents had worms coming out of their bodies. ....I noticed a lovely young woman on the edge of the crowd, holding a baby in her right arm ...and I went over to ask her the name of her child. But there was no baby; instead she was holding her right breast, which was almost a foot long and had a worm emerging from the nipple. Later I learned that a total of 12 worms emerged from different parts of her body.
We had a wealthy man with us, and he paid for a well to be dug and a pump installed, so within a few weeks the (contaminated) pond was abandoned as a water source for the people. They have never had another case of Guinea worm in their village.

  


From Jimmy Carter's book, above, Page 76:
Some of the people had never seen a picture or photograph before, and this would occasionally cause problems. One group of Peace Corps volunteers in a remove area of Niger made some drawings, showing women standing in a knee-deep pond. When the villagers first saw the cartoon, a chorus of voices cried "I'd rather have Guinea worm than no feet!"


Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel    Full text     Summary

232:  Ideas – conceptual elaborations – are at the service of communication, understanding, and praxis. 

Ideas disconnected from realities give rise to ineffectual forms of idealism and nominalism, capable at most of classifying and defining, but certainly not calling to action.

What calls us to action are realities illuminated by reason. Formal nominalism has to give way to harmonious objectivity. Otherwise, the truth is manipulated, cosmetics take the place of real care for our bodies.

 We have politicians – and even religious leaders – who wonder why people do not understand and follow them, since their proposals are so clear and logical. Perhaps it is because they are stuck in the realm of pure ideas and end up reducing politics or faith to rhetoric. Others have left simplicity behind and have imported a rationality foreign to most people.

This website's Tanzania File (last updated July 24)
(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 Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)


John W  mini-Blog:

What I've increasingly noticed over the past week is the great but not immediately obvious unpopularity of the Netanyahu Gaza invasion among Jewish people around the world and in Israel itself. I get the impression that Netanyahu's invasion of Gaza is like George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq - a controversial action by the military lobby, very unpopular with a large section of the invading country's own population. Several articles on today's menu have this theme.

For HK readers: Tonight, about 9.30pm, AM 1044,
"Brother" Bruce will phone me for a little chat about prison ministry

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 join me 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

 

 

 

 

 

  Saturday 
 July
26

National Day: Liberia & Maldives

Feast of Saints Joachim and Ann   parents of Mary, grandparents of Jesus & apostles James and John

Saint Anne is the patron saint of many places in the world. One of the most famous churches bearing her name is St Anne de Beaupre
in Canada
which I had the privilege of visiting  in 1982 - picture below is a memento of the visit

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July:  Month of the
  Precious Blood of Jesus

 

A rarity -  a bishop speaking out about Gaza:
Bishop of Bangladesh: Stop Israeli attacks on Gaza, a humanitarian tragedy


"Israel has always condemned Hitler for the Holocaust and the ethnic cleansing of Jews in Germany during the Second World War - says Msgr. Rozario - but what they are doing now against the Palestinians is much more serious and gravely inhuman. 

Palestinian people have the right to exist with human dignity and can never be targeted against for the misdeeds done by a small group of terrorists.

 International communities, especially the powerful ones, must restrain Israel from barbarism and acts against humanity. At the same time we also call on Hamas to stop inciting Israel for such heinous and inhuman acts".

Israeli strike on Gaza school kills 15 and leaves 200 wounded
Thursday's assault on the school occurred at about 2.50pm as the playground was crowded with families waiting to be ferried to safety. According to survivors, one shell landed in the schoolyard followed by several more rounds that hit the upper stories of the building

Time to restore balance - It's about time Australia put pressure on Israel
Australia's biased friendship towards Israel undermines peace and forsakes justice for Palestinians, while serving neither Australian nor Israeli interests

Israel bans radio ad listing dead children's names

Gaza File - essential reading


Bible Blog

A four-course menu

For Feast of Joachim and Anne 

Sirach 44:

Here is a list of generous people  whose good works have not been forgotten.

In their descendants there remains a rich inheritance born of them.

Their offspring will last for ever, their glory will not fade.

Their bodies have been buried in peace, and their name lives on for all generations.

Psalm 131: 

The Lord swore an oath to David; he will not go back on this word: ‘A son, the fruit of your body, will I set upon your throne.’

For the Lord has chosen Zion;  he has desired it for his dwelling: ‘This is my resting-place for ever; here have I chosen to live.

‘There David’s stock will flower;  I will prepare a lamp for my anointed.

Matthew 13:

Jesus said to his disciples:

Happy are your eyes because they see, your ears because they hear! 

I tell you solemnly, many prophets and holy men longed to see what you see, and never saw it; to hear what you hear, and never heard it.

 


St Anne de Beaupre, Canada


From A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power
by former US president Jimmy Carter:

Page 71: 
Almost everywhere we find that women are relegated to secondary positions of influence and authority within a community, but almost always do most of the world and prove to be the key participants in any successful project
(...Catholic Church?!)

Page 71:  When a civil conflict erupts, women are the primary victims of bombs and missiles  (...Gaza?!)


Re the current story about expired meat being sold at McDonald's:
I clearly remember a case in Australia in the 1970's when a KFC store was fined for replacing chicken with ....rabbit!

Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel    Full text     Summary

Realities are more important than ideas

231: There also exists a constant tension between ideas and realities. Realities simply are, whereas ideas are worked out. There has to be continuous dialogue between the two, lest ideas become detached from realities.

It is dangerous to dwell in the realm of words alone, of images and rhetoric. So a third principle comes into play: realities are greater than ideas

This calls for rejecting the various means of masking reality: angelic forms of purity, dictatorships of relativism, empty rhetoric, objectives more ideal than real, brands of ahistorical fundamentalism, ethical systems bereft of kindness, intellectual discourse bereft of wisdom.

China executes Japanese man

This website's Tanzania File (last updated July 24)
(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 Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)


John W  mini-Blog:

Iraq and Gaza - continuing great injustice:

In Iraq, injustice to Christians.
In Gaza, injustice to Palestinians

Let's often pray each day and night:
Jesus, Lamb of God, grant justice and peace
to the Middle East

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 join me 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

 

 




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