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Imitating Pope Francis


Jesus, please protect Pope Francis in Armenia  June 24-26

  Saturday June 25     

I have signed this petition. Let's do any little bit we can to protect the family:

Letter on Family and Disabilities


      

Friends in Bogota of a Colombian inmate in prison in HK on a drug trafficking charge have started a Facebook page to warn people about the danger of taking drugs to HK:
Divina libertad, segunda oportunidad - Facebook 

Items from other inmates have been used by various media in Colombia.

And ...thank you Lord...this campaign, like the African campaign, is having an effect ....there has been a dramatic decline in mules from Colombia coming to HK

The Jesuits in Africa and Madagascar

800 Jesuits engaged in full-time apostolic work 


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

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

Song of Songs 5-7

The bride:
His conversation is sweetness itself, my beloved is totally  lovable. I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine.

The groom:
You are beautiful, my love, as beautiful as Jerusalem.

How beautiful are your feet and thighs. The curve of your thighs is like the curve of a necklace.

Your navel is like an exquisite wine glass. Your belly is like a heap of wheat.

Your two breasts are like two baby deer. Your neck is like an ivory tower.

Your eyes are like beautiful water pools. Your nose is like a majestic tower.

How beautiful you are, how charming, my love, my delight.

Lord, please help me understand how much you love me

My recording of this reading

Psalm 102

O Lord, listen to my prayer in my distress. Do not hide your face from me.

For my days are vanishing like smoke, my bones burn away like a fire.

I forget to eat my bread. My skin clings to my bones.

All day long my foes revile me.
Those who hate me use my name as a curse.

But you, O Lord, will endure for ever. You will arise and have mercy on Sion.

You will hear the groans of the prisoners and free those condemned to die.

I pray to you: "Do not take me away before my time has come,
you whose days last from age to age.

Lord, please help people who are in great distress 

Recording  

 

1 Timothy 6.11-13

As a man of God, avoid things like greed and disputes

You must aim to be a saint, filled with faith and love, patient and gentle

Fight the good fight of the faith, and win for yourself eternal life

Be a constant witness to goodness and truth, like Jesus who spoke up as a witness for the truth in front of Pontius Pilate

Jesus, help me be a witness to goodness and truth

Recording  

 

 

John 21.25 & 20.31

Jesus did many other things.  If all of them were written down, so many books would be needed that no library could hold them all

This book has been written to help you believe that Jesus is the Saviour, the Son of God.

Through your faith in Jesus, may you have eternal life

Jesus, Son of God, thank you for John's Gospel. May more and more people know you and love you

Recording  

 


This is good! Shows genuine concern for the community. God bless the life savers!

HK lifeguards delay strike out of respect for firemen


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

76: Recording

“The Gospel of the family also nourishes seeds that are still waiting to grow, and serves as the basis for caring for those plants that are wilting and must not be neglected.”73 

Thus, building on the gift of Christ in the sacrament, married couples “may be led patiently further on in order to achieve a deeper grasp and a fuller integration of this mystery in their lives”.74


Joan Chittister

In behalf of the human family
I was at the Carter Center this week for the Human Rights Defenders Forum, which brought together people from around the globe who had invested their very lives in the welfare of people they did not know


What Brexit Britain could have learned from Pope Francis’s synod

Full English text

Full Chinese text

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

80a: Recording 

Yet God, who wishes to work with us and who counts on our cooperation, can also bring good out of the evil we have done.

“The Holy Spirit can be said to possess an infinite creativity, proper to the divine mind, which knows how to loosen the knots of human affairs, including the most complex and inscrutable”.[48] 

Creating a world in need of development, God in some way sought to limit himself in such a way that many of the things we think of as evils, dangers or sources of suffering, are in reality part of the pains of childbirth which he uses to draw us into the act of cooperation with the Creator.[49] 



John Allen

Soul-searching about hate incomplete without Christians

Why do attacks on gays, Muslims, Jews, and other minority groups generate a vast examination of conscience, while acts of hatred or contempt directed at Christians generally provoke basic silence?

The low-end estimate for the number of Christians killed each year for reasons linked to the faith is around 8,000, which works out to roughly one new Christian martyr every hour of every day.


'Shocking' ruling forces California churches to fund abortions

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

52: Recording

  In our time humanity is experiencing a turning-point in its history, as we can see from the advances being made in so many fields. We can only praise the steps being taken to improve people’s welfare in areas such as health care, education and communications. 

At the same time we have to remember that the majority of our contemporaries are barely living from day to day, with dire consequences. A number of diseases are spreading. The hearts of many people are gripped by fear and desperation, even in the so-called rich countries. The joy of living frequently fades, lack of respect for others and violence are on the rise, and inequality is increasingly evident. It is a struggle to live and, often, to live with precious little dignity. 

We are in an age of knowledge and information, which has led to new and often anonymous kinds of power.

 


10 years ago
 on this day

2006-06-25 aHelp  volunteers with Ricci School students on way to Ricci Memorial
Center for OME

Beijing sinking by 11cm a year, satellite study warns

Pumping of groundwater blamed for causing soil to collapse as development roars ahead above, with railways among infrastructure at risk, say scientists


What part of a woman's body is like an exquisite wine glass?
- see reading from
Song of Songs, above!

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
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 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 June 24  Feast of the Birthday of John the Baptist 

     Jesus' promises in 1675 



My family and 
the Sacred Heart

These days much of my time is spent writing letters like the one referred to in this Court case summary ... also much time going to court to support inmates, as I did for the inmate in this particular case. One's presence in court gives encouragement to the inmate and seems to bring a blessing on the whole show

Welcome the marginalised - Pope invites refugees up on stage



Pope to genocide memorial on Armenia trip which begins today


Very sad story of a South African woman in prison in HK for drug trafficking. May her moving letter help others avoid the same fate:
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The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

c.f. readings for  Birthday of John the Baptist

Jeremiah 1

Jeremiah lived in a village not far from Jerusalem. Jeremiah's father was a priest.

God said to Jeremiah: "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. I have appointed you as prophet to the nations."

Jeremiah said to God: "Lord, I do not know how to speak. I am so young."

God then touched Jeremiah's mouth and said: "I now put my words into your mouth. Go and tell the people everything I ask you to speak.

Do not be dismayed by anyone. I am making you strong.

You must confront Judah's kings, priests and people. They will oppose you, but will not overcome you, for I am with you."

Lord, please give special courage
to people who speak your message for the world

 

Psalm 71

In you, O Lord, I take refuge. Please hear me and help me.

Be a rock where I can take refuge.
Rescue me from people who want to hurt me.

It is you, O Lord, who are my hope. In you I have trusted since I was young.

From my mother's womb you have been my help. My hope has always been in you.

Now that I am old, please do not forget me. Now that my strength fails, do not abandon me.

Now that I am old and grey-headed, may I continue to trust in you  and proclaim your help.

To you I will sing with the harp. All day long my tongue will tell of your goodness to me.

Lord, may all elderly people put their trust and hope in you

Recording  

 

 

 


1 Peter 1.8-11

You did not see Jesus Christ, yet you love him; and still without seeing him, you are already filled with a joy so glorious that it cannot be described, because you believe; and you are sure of the end to which your faith looks forward, that is, the salvation of your souls.

It was this salvation that the prophets were looking and searching so hard for; their prophecies were about the grace which was to come to you.

The Spirit of Christ which was in them, foretold the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would come in the future.

Jesus, foretold by prophets like John the Baptist, we praise you Lord!

Recording  

Luke 1.5-25

When Herod was king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth who were really good people, but they were childless

Once when they went to the Temple in Jerusalem, Zechariah entered the inner sanctuary to burn incense, while all the people prayed outside

An angel appeared and said "Zechariah, your prayer has been heard. Your wife will have a son and you must name him John. He will prepare the way of the Lord"

Not long after this, Elizabeth conceived, and for 5 months she kept to herself, thanking God for taking away her humiliation at not being able to have a baby

Jesus, please help childless couples to have a baby

Recording  


Townsville solar initiative impresses Vatican, could go global

 

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

75: Recording

In the Church’s Latin tradition, the ministers of the sacrament of marriage are the man and the woman who marry;70 by manifesting their consent and expressing it physically, they receive a great gift. Their consent and their bodily union are the divinely appointed means whereby they become “one flesh”.

 By their baptismal consecration, they were enabled to join in marriage as the Lord’s ministers and thus to respond to God’s call. Hence, when two non- Christian spouses receive baptism, they need not renew their marriage vows; they need simply not reject them, since by the reception of baptism their union automatically becomes sacramental. 

Canon Law also recognizes the validity of certain unions celebrated without the presence of an ordained minister.71

The natural order has been so imbued with the redemptive grace of Jesus that “a valid matrimonial contract cannot exist between the baptized without it being by that fact a sacrament”.72

 The Church can require that the wedding be celebrated publicly, with the presence of witnesses and other conditions that have varied over the course of time, but this does not detract from the fact that the couple who marry are the ministers of the sacrament. Nor does it affect the centrality of the consent given by the man and the woman, which of itself establishes the sacramental bond.

 This having been said, there is a need for further reflection on God’s action in the marriage rite; this is clearly manifested in the Oriental Churches through the importance of the blessing that the couple receive as a sign of the gift of the Spirit.

 


Colombia government and Farc rebels announce ceasefire deal
This is good news. DG! May lead to a reduction in cocaine production.
And ...Pope has said that if such a deal is signed, he will visit Colombia.
But ...article doesn't mention elephant in room: another group of rebels who are staying out of the agreement. I'll check facts with a group of about a dozen Colombians I'm due to see today for weekly prayer service at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre. With the help of a translator, I'm filling in for Spanish-speaking chaplain away from HK this month  


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

79: Recording 

In this universe, shaped by open and intercommunicating systems, we can discern countless forms of relationship and participation. 

This leads us to think of the whole as open to God’s transcendence, within which it develops. 

Faith allows us to interpret the meaning and the mysterious beauty of what is unfolding. 

We are free to apply our intelligence towards things evolving positively, or towards adding new ills, new causes of suffering and real setbacks.

 This is what makes for the excitement and drama of human history, in which freedom, growth, salvation and love can blossom, or lead towards decadence and mutual destruction. 

The work of the Church seeks not only to remind everyone of the duty to care for nature, but at the same time “she must above all protect mankind from self-destruction”.[47]

 



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

51: Recording

I exhort (everyone) to an “ever watchful scrutiny of the signs of the times”. This is in fact a grave responsibility, since certain present realities, unless effectively dealt with, are capable of setting off processes of dehumanization which would then be hard to reverse. 

We need to distinguish clearly what might be a fruit of the kingdom from what runs counter to God’s plan.

In this Exhortation I wish to consider certain factors which can restrain or weaken the impulse of missionary renewal in the Church, either because they threaten the life and dignity of God’s people or because they affect those who are directly involved in the Church’s institutions and in her work of evangelization.

 


10 years ago today

2006-06-24 Saturday 5pm at Marco Polo Center, with Betty & Mary

Q: How can you stop a man from doing something?
A: Use detergent       ("Deter" + "Gent")

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
24th of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of
Inner Mongolia

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 24th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of
Zambia

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


 

  Thursday June 23

    

Islam File    The New Translation

"Same-sex marriage" file

UK European Union vote - a disturbing article by George Monbiot:

Leave Well Alone

"Those who want to leave the EU refuse to make the most crushing argument against it. Here’s why"

Yesterday morning at HK's Catholic Cathedral, at the monthly clergy retreat, Cardinal John Tong, two bishops and 30 other priests and deacons humbly listened to an old priest from Australia give a 20 minute talk in very limited Cantonese on the topic of "Following Pope Francis in concern for the poor"

Letter from a Nigerian inmate in a Hong Kong prison - warning Africans about the danger of drug trafficking to HK

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The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

Song of Songs 5

The bride:
I sleep, but my heart is awake. I hear my beloved knocking.

I open my door, but he is gone. I search for him, but cannot find him.

Lord, please help me search for you until I find you

My recording of this reading

Psalm 101

My song is of mercy and justice.
I sing to you, O Lord.

I will try to walk with blameless heart. I will try to give my attention to what is good, not what is bad.

People who slander others, people of proud looks, these will not be my friends.

People who are good and do good, these will be my friends.

Dear Lord, please help me to avoid bad company

Recording

 

1 Timothy 6.3-10

Some people, because of ignorance and pride, have a craze for questioning and arguing about everything

Such a craze breeds jealousy and mistrust and unending disputes

People who have a craving to be wealthy are a prey to temptation.
They get trapped into all sorts of foolish and dangerous schemes which ruin their lives

The love of money is the root of all evils. It can cause people to leave the faith

Jesus, help me be content with a simple lifestyle

Recording

 

John 21.15-17

After they had eaten, Jesus said to Peter "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter answered "Yes Lord, you know I love you". Jesus said to him "Feed my lambs"

A second time Jesus asked him "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He replied "Yes Lord, you know I love you". Jesus said to him "Look after my sheep"

Then he asked a third time "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" An unhappy Peter replied "Lord, you know everything. You know I love you".  Jesus said "Feed my sheep"

Jesus, you know I love you. Increase my love 

Recording

c.f. comment on this story


Pope's  video message to Death Penalty conference

 

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

74: Recording  

Sexual union, lovingly experienced and sanctified by the sacrament, is in turn a path of growth in the life of grace for the couple. It is the “nuptial mystery”.69 The meaning and value of their physical union is expressed in the words of consent, in which they accepted and offered themselves each to the other, in order to share their lives completely. Those words give meaning to the sexual relationship and free it from ambiguity.

More generally, the common life of husband and wife, the entire network of relations that they build with their children and the world around them, will be steeped in and strengthened by the grace of the sacrament. For the sacrament of marriage flows from the incarnation and the paschal mystery, whereby God showed the fullness of his love for humanity by becoming one with us. 

Neither of the spouses will be alone in facing whatever challenges may come their way. Both are called to respond to God’s gift with commitment, creativity, perseverance and daily effort. They can always invoke the assistance of the Holy Spirit who consecrated their union, so that his grace may be felt in every new situation that they encounter.

 



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

78: Recording 

At the same time, Judaeo-Christian thought demythologized nature. While continuing to admire its grandeur and immensity, it no longer saw nature as divine.

In doing so, it emphasizes all the more our human responsibility for nature.

This rediscovery of nature can never be at the cost of the freedom and responsibility of human beings who, as part of the world, have the duty to cultivate their abilities in order to protect it and develop its potential.

If we acknowledge the value and the fragility of nature and, at the same time, our God-given abilities, we can finally leave behind the modern myth of unlimited material progress.

A fragile world, entrusted by God to human care, challenges us to devise intelligent ways of directing, developing and limiting our power.

 



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

49b: Recording

 If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life.

 More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us: “Give them something to eat”

 


10 years ago today

2006-06-23 Ricci School for school-less children- weekly staff lunch +  HK Mary, Joe
& Nancy, A-Lin

Yesterday afternoon I went to the Australian Consulate-General in Wan Chai to vote for the July 2 General Election.
One thing that made me smile was to see that the Sex Party, which has been so hostile to Christianity, drew last place out of more than a dozen parties on the Senate ballot paper (for Victoria, where I'm registered).


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

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

And praying for one Islam-related intention each day of the week:
Jesus, 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 June 22 

No mention of "safe schools" or the dangers of the rainbow agenda ... but plenty of pro-LGBT material and comments - at Eureka Street, a Catholic (?) website which I used to check every day, but now rarely check. Last night I looked to see how it was covering the approaching General Election in Australia. It didn't fail to disappoint me.

             

Looks like mules who are given drugs in Dubai are going not only to Hong Kong:

South African drug mule arrested on arrival from Dubai

Yesterday I went to the High Court in support of an African inmate due to be sentenced for drug trafficking. Not for the first time I heard a judge not very happy with the performance of HK Customs in accessing and using information which inmates are willing to provide. Better accessing and use would help catch the "Big Fish", reduce the spread of drugs in the community ... and help such inmates qualify for mitigation

Chris McDonnell  
(Wed UK blogger)
 

Icons, East and West

We have got into the habit of being loose with language, careless of original usage, extravagant in our claims for words whose history we forget.

 


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

Song of Songs 3-4

The bride:
On my bed at night, I sought him whom my heart loves.

The groom:
How beautiful you are, my love.
You are wholly beautiful, my love, and without blemish.

Lord, please help me understand how much you love me

Psalm 100

Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing for joy.

Know that he, the Lord, is God. He made us, we belong to him.
We are his people, the sheep of his flock.

Go within his gates, giving thanks. Enter his temple with songs of praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name.

Indeed, how good is the Lord,
eternal his merciful love. He is faithful from age to age.

Dear Lord, please help us to serve you with gladness

Recording 

1 Timothy 5.19-23

Never accept an accusation brought against a church elder unless it is supported by two or three witnesses. If an elder is at fault, reprimand him publicly as a warning to others

Be fair to everyone and never be influenced by favoritism

As regards your frequent illnesses, I suggest you give up drinking only water, and have a little wine for the sake of your digestion

Jesus, help church workers to be fair and impartial

Recording 

John 20.11-18

Peter and John went home. Mary Magdalene remained at the tomb, crying. When she looked inside the tomb, she saw two angels in white. She also saw Jesus standing there, though she did not recognize him

Jesus said "Woman, why are you crying?". Mary thought he was the gardener so she said to him "If you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him"

Jesus said "Mary" and she recognized him. Jesus then said "I will ascend to my Father"

Mary went and told the disciples all she had seen and heard

Jesus, please bless people who are crying at funerals  today. May awareness of your presence bring them peace and strength for the days ahead

Recording 


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

73: Recording

“Mutual self-giving in the sacrament of matrimony is grounded in the grace of baptism, which establishes the foundational covenant of every person with Christ in the Church.

In accepting each other, and with Christ’s grace, the engaged couple promise each other total self-giving, faithfulness and openness to new life. The couple recognizes these elements as constitutive of marriage, gifts offered to them by God, and take seriously their mutual commitment, in God’s name and in the presence of the Church. 

Faith thus makes it possible for them to assume the goods of marriage as commitments that can be better kept through the help of the grace of the sacrament… Consequently, the Church looks to married couples as the heart of the entire family, which, in turn, looks to Jesus”.65

The sacrament is not a “thing” or a “power”, for in it Christ himself “now encounters Christian spouses… He dwells with them, gives them the strength to take up their crosses and so follow him, to rise again after they have fallen, to forgive one another, to bear one another’s burdens”.66

Christian marriage is a sign of how much Christ loved his Church in the covenant sealed on the cross, yet it also makes that love present in the communion of the spouses. By becoming one flesh, they embody the espousal of our human nature by the Son of God. 

That is why “in the joys of their love and family life, he gives them here on earth a foretaste of the wedding feast of the Lamb”.67 Even though the analogy between the human couple of husband and wife, and that of Christ and his Church, is “imperfect”,68 it inspires us to beg the Lord to bestow on every married couple an outpouring of his divine love.

 



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

77: Recording 

“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made” (Ps 33:6). This tells us that the world came about as the result of a decision, not from chaos or chance, and this exalts it all the more. 

The creating word expresses a free choice. The universe did not emerge as the result of arbitrary omnipotence, a show of force or a desire for self-assertion. Creation is of the order of love. God’s love is the fundamental moving force in all created things:  “For you love all things that exist, and detest none of the things that you have made; for you would not have made anything if you had hated it” (Wis 11:24).

Every creature is thus the object of the Father’s tenderness, who gives it its place in the world. 

Even the fleeting life of the least of beings is the object of his love, and in its few seconds of existence, God enfolds it with his affection. Saint Basil the Great described the Creator as “goodness without measure”,[44] while Dante Alighieri spoke of “the love which moves the sun and the stars”.[45] Consequently, we can ascend from created things “to the greatness of God and to his loving mercy”.[46]



Hong Kong's stateless children lost in translation as refugee claims soar

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

49: Recording

  Let us go forth, then, let us go forth to offer everyone the life of Jesus Christ. 

Here I repeat for the entire Church what I have often said to the priests and laity of Buenos Aires: I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.

 I do not want a Church concerned with being at the centre and which then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures.

 


10 years ago today

2006-06-22 Assisi Center meal + Mary & Mandy (& see notes...)

Christine for whom I've been asking prayers (... cancer stage 4 ...) is now back in her nursing home after another time of treatment in a local hospital. After I visited her yesterday I noticed a very elderly female resident of the nursing home, using a walking frame, standing on the footpath near the main entrance of the nursing home. At first I thought she might be waiting for someone ...or taking a little exercise ....then I saw it ...in her right hand: a cigarette


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

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

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 June 21  

Islam File    The New Translation

"Same-sex marriage" file

Philippine Church alarmed by police killings under Duterte
   


HATE SPEECH FROM BILL SHORTEN - OUT OF LINE AND OUT OF TOUCH

 

This is good! - Pope's tells story of the Good Samaritan:

Pope at Villa Nazareth


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

Song of Songs 1-2

The bride says:
Kiss me. Your love is better than wine. How right it is to love you, you whom my heart loves.

The bridegroom says:
How beautiful you are, my love, how beautiful you are.

The bride:
He has taken me to his banquet hall and his banner over me is love.

The groom:
Come then, my love, my lovely one, come. Show me your face and let me hear your voice,
for your voice is sweet and your face is beautiful.

The bride:
My beloved is mine and I am his.

Dear God, please give me a lover's love for you

Psalm 99

The Lord is king.  He is great in Sion. His power is seen throughout the world.

Among his priests were Aaron, Moses and Samuel. They prayed to the Lord and he answered their call.

Let peoples everywhere praise his name. He is holy, full of power.

Lord, may all peoples know and love you 

Recording 

 

 

 

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


1 Timothy 5.1-14

Do not speak harshly to a man older than yourself, but advise him as you would your own father. Treat younger men as brothers.

Treat older women as you would your mother. Treat younger women with propriety, as if they were your sisters

Be considerate to widows. If a widow wishes to be enrolled as a church worker, she must be at least 60 years old, the wife of one husband

As regards young widows, it's best if they re-marry

Jesus, help church workers to be kind and caring

Recording 

 

 

 John 20.1-10

Before dawn the next morning, Sunday, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb.  She saw the stone had been moved from the tomb's entrance

She ran to Peter and John and said "Someone has taken the Lord out of the tomb"

They ran back to the tomb. Peter went in first. He saw that the linen cloths were on the ground. But the cloth that had been around Jesus' head was not on the ground. It was neatly folded and in a place by itself

Then John went into the tomb. He saw, and he believed

Jesus, I believe you rose from the dead. Please increase my faith

Recording 

 

 

 


Uganda scientists make herbal anti-malarial drug

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

72: Recording

The sacrament of marriage is not a social convention, an empty ritual or merely the outward sign of a commitment. 

The sacrament is a gift given for the sanctification and salvation of the spouses, since “their mutual belonging is a real representation, through the sacramental sign, of the same relationship between Christ and the Church. 

The married couple are therefore a permanent reminder for the Church of what took place on the cross; they are for one another and for their children witnesses of the salvation in which they share through the sacrament”.64

Marriage is a vocation, inasmuch as it is a response to a specific call to experience conjugal love as a sign of the love between Christ and the Church. Consequently, the decision to marry and to have a family ought to be the fruit of a process of vocational discernment. (text has "imperfect sign of the love", but this is not a very nice way to put things?)



Quicker clearance for HK visitors to Australia

Full English text

Full Chinese text

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

76: Recording

In the Judaeo-Christian tradition, the word “creation” has a broader meaning than “nature”, for it has to do with God’s loving plan in which every creature has its own value and significance.

Nature is usually seen as a system which can be studied, understood and controlled, whereas creation can only be understood as a gift from the outstretched hand of the Father of all, and as a reality illuminated by the love which calls us together into universal communion.

 


The worst I've seen – trauma expert lifts lid on 'atrocity' of Australia's detention regime


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

48: Recording 

If the whole Church takes up this missionary impulse, she has to go forth to everyone without exception.

 But to whom should she go first? When we read the Gospel we find a clear indication: not so much our friends and wealthy neighbours, but above all
the poor and the sick, those who are usually despised and overlooked, “those who cannot repay you”.

 There can be no room for doubt or for explanations which weaken so clear a message.

 Today and always, “the poor are the privileged recipients of the Gospel”,  and the fact that it is freely preached to them is a sign of the kingdom that Jesus came to establish.

 We have to state, without mincing words, that there is an inseparable bond between our faith and the poor. May we never abandon them.

 


For the past week or so at breakfast I've been watching a most interesting YouTube program on the way Bible manuscripts are studied to produce the Bible as we know it. Program explains how and why ancient copiers changed a word, added a phrase etc here and there. 

Last night as I did the recording of The Joy of Love no. 72, above, I did the same thing ...I left out the word "imperfect" (see above) because I feel it's an insulting phrase ...probably not intended...probably just poor English. 

Now I can better understand the mindset of the ancient scribes!


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

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

And praying for one Islam-related intention each day of the week:
Jesus, 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 June 20     

The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

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

Ecclesiastes 10-11

Foolish people are lazy,  and careless in speech. Wise people are diligent, and careful in speech.

Young people, rejoice in your youth. Young people, remember your Creator in the days of your youth.

Let everyone remember: our life is short. Don't waste your life. Live life well.

Our days pass quickly and old age is soon at the doorstep.

Old age: when to go uphill is difficult and even walking is not easy.

In all we do, let us love and honor the Lord our God. At the end of our lives on earth, it is to God we will have to give an account of the way we have lived.

Lord, make us know the shortness of our life so that we may have more wisdom in living our lives

My recording of this reading

Psalm 98

Sing a new song to the Lord for he has worked wonders. His right hand has brought salvation.

The Lord has made known his salvation. He has shown his justice to the nations.

He has remembered his truth and love for the house of Israel.

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Shout to the Lord all the earth, ring out your joy.

Sing psalms to the Lord with the harp, with the sound of music.

Let the sea, the world and all peoples acclaim the King, the Lord.

Let the rivers clap their hands
and the hills ring out their joy at the presence of the Lord, for he comes to rule the earth.

He will rule the world with justice
and the peoples with fairness.

Lord, may all peoples in all countries know your love and goodness

Recording 


1 Timothy 4.12-16

Do not let people disregard you because you are young. Be an example to all the believers in the way you speak and act

You have in you a spiritual gift which was given you when the church elders prayed over you with the laying on of hands. Do not let this gift go unused

Take great care about what you do and what you teach. In this way you will save both yourself and those who listen to you

Jesus, help me be a good example to other people

Recording 

 

 

 

John 19.38-42

Joseph of Arimathaea,  a disciple of Jesus, asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Pilate agreed and Jesus' body was taken down from the cross

Another man, Nicodemus, brought burial spices. He and Joseph wrapped Jesus' body in  linen cloths with the spices

Since the Passover was due to begin at sunset, they put the body in an  unused tomb close to  the place of Crucifixion

Jesus, dead in the tomb, please give eternal life to everyone who dies today

Recording 

 


   
Message from
Fr Harry Winter O.M.I. in USA: Please keep in your prayers the Great and Holy Council of Eastern Orthodoxy, Crete, June 19-27.  I've placed an item about this on the Mission-Unity-Dialogue website (www.harrywinter.org) including the basic document


 

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

71: Recording

“Scripture and Tradition give us access to a knowledge of the Trinity, which is revealed with the features of a family

The family is the image of God, who is a communion of persons.

At Christ’s baptism, the Father’s voice was heard, calling Jesus his beloved Son, and in this love we can recognize the Holy Spirit (cf. Mk 1:10-11).

Jesus, who reconciled all things in himself and redeemed us from sin, not only returned marriage and the family to their original form, but also raised marriage to the sacramental sign of his love for the Church (cf. Mt 19:1-12; Mk 10:1-12; Eph 5:21-32). 

In the human family, gathered by Christ, ‘the image and likeness’ of the Most Holy Trinity (cf. Gen 1:26) has been restored, the mystery from which all true love flows.

Through the Church, marriage and the family receive the grace of the Holy Spirit from Christ, in order to bear witness to the Gospel of God’s love”.63

 

 


My home state of Queensland:
204 babies were born alive during abortions, then left to die

Shame, Qld, shame, shame, shame!


 

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

75: Recording

A spirituality which forgets God as all-powerful and Creator is not acceptable. That is how we end up worshipping earthly powers, or ourselves usurping the place of God, even to the point of claiming an unlimited right to trample his creation underfoot.

 The best way to restore men and women to their rightful place, putting an end to their claim to absolute dominion over the earth, is to speak once more of the figure of a Father who creates and who alone owns the world. Otherwise, human beings will always try to impose their own laws and interests on reality.




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

47: Recording

The Church is called to be the house of the Father, with doors always wide open.

One concrete sign of such openness is that our church doors should always be open, so that if someone, moved by the Spirit, comes there looking for God, he or she will not find a closed door.

There are other doors that should not be closed either. Everyone can share in some way in the life of the Church; everyone can be part of the community, nor should the doors of the sacraments be closed for simply any reason.

This is especially true of the sacrament which is itself “the door”: baptism. And the Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.

These convictions have pastoral consequences that we are called to consider with prudence and boldness. Frequently, we act as arbiters of grace rather than its facilitators. But the Church is not a tollhouse; it is the house of the Father, where there is a place for everyone, with all their problems.

 


This website's statistics for May 2016 - God bless kind readers and bloggers.
May this little website encourage us to follow Pope Francis in concern for the world and the Church


For yesterday's sermon about "carrying your cross" I used a smile from Pope Francis (in The Joy of the Gospel):
For priests - their cross is having to prepare a sermon.
For people in church - their cross is having to listen to that sermon


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

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

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)


 

Sunday June 19            Happy Father's Day!  (in HK & many other places)   

     

Islam File    The New Translation

"Same-sex marriage" file

Revisiting wedding readings, for my first Father's Day as a dad

c.f. Pope Francis - two articles re fathers - 
Nos. 176 and 177 of The Joy of Love

 

El Nino and climate change a dire recipe for Africa 

Note the several references to Malawi - which is dear to my heart after my visit in January 2015



Climate change is an emergency, scientists warn
 

“The impacts we’re beginning to see are just the start and we know we are going to be facing a worsening situation for at least the next couple of decades even if we do cut emissions,”


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

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

c.f. Readings for "Sunday 12"

Isaiah 50

The Lord has opened my ear to hear his message. The Lord has given me words to proclaim his message.

For my part, I made no resistance,
neither did I turn away.

I offered my back to those who struck me, my cheeks to those who tore at my beard.

I did not protect my face from insult and spittle.

I set my face like flint. The Lord will help me.

Jesus, please help me understand how these words refer to you

My recording of this reading

 

Psalms 61-65

O God, hear my cry, you who are my refuge and help.

In you alone is my soul at rest. My help comes from you.

Take refuge in God, everyone in trouble. Trust him at all times.

O God, you are my God, for you I long. My body and soul thirst for you like a dry, weary land without water.

Your love is better than life, my lips will speak your praise.

On my bed I remember you. On you I muse through the night.

You are the Creator of the world.
You care for the earth, you give it water.

To you our praise is due, wherever we are on earth.

Lord, my soul clings to you. Your right hand holds me fast

Recording 


Galatians 3.26-28

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

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

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

Jesus, help me better understand our relationship 

Recording  

Daniel Daring:  

My sheep follow me

It is easy to follow someone who is popular and can do all sorts of miracles. To follow the Crucified Son of Man is another matter

Chinese text


Luke 9.22-26

Jesus now began explaining to his disciples how he would suffer, die and rise from the dead.

He also said "If you want to be my disciple, you must deny yourself, take up your own cross, and follow me.

Selfishness will ruin your life.
Self-sacrificing will bless your life.

What use is it to have everything in this world yet miss out on Heaven?"

Jesus, please help me find my life by losing it in service of others

Recording  


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

70: Recording

“Pope Benedict XVI, in his Encyclical Deus Caritas Est, returned to the topic of the truth of the love of man and woman, which is fully illuminated only in the love of the crucified Christ (cf. No. 2).

 He stressed that ‘marriage based on an exclusive and definitive love becomes an icon of the relationship between God and his people, and vice versa. God’s way of loving becomes the measure of human love’ (11). 

Moreover, in the Encyclical Caritas in Veritate, he highlighted the importance of love as a principle of life in society (cf. 44), a place where we learn the experience of the common good”.62


Boko Haram murder 24 at village funeral – mostly women

This is terrible, but even more atrocious than Boko Haram and IS is Zetas, "the most vicious, ruthlessly violent and dangerous cartel operating in Mexico." Some time ago an inmate whose father was murdered by Zetas and who was forced by Zetas to bring drugs to HK asked me to send his lawyer a YouTube link to Zetas executions, to support his case for mitigation. The link caused me great grief. It's the most graphic video I've ever seen, especially the final minutes.
Los Zetas brutally execute 4 women. As a brother Oblate often says "A lot to pray about"

 


 

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

74: Recording

The experience of the Babylonian captivity provoked a spiritual crisis which led to deeper faith in God. Now his creative omnipotence was given pride of place in order to exhort the people to regain their hope in the midst of their wretched predicament.

Centuries later, in another age of trial and persecution, when the Roman Empire was seeking to impose absolute dominion, the faithful would once again find consolation and hope in a growing trust in the all-powerful God: “Great and wonderful are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways!” (Rev 15:3). 

The God who created the universe out of nothing can also intervene in this world and overcome every form of evil. Injustice is not invincible.

 


HK Police Chief attends Australian conference  

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

46: Recording

A Church which “goes forth” is a Church whose doors are open

Going out to others in order to reach the fringes of humanity does not mean rushing out aimlessly into the world.

 Often it is better simply to slow down, to put aside our eagerness, in order to see and listen to others, to stop rushing from one thing to another and to remain with someone who has faltered along the way. 

At times we have to be like the father of the prodigal son, who always keeps his door open so that when the son returns, he can readily pass through it.



Australia Foreign Debt Reaches Crisis Proportions

10 years ago
 today

2006-06-19,20 One day old Baby Ho  + welcome HK Mary - with Betty at Xavier Center


For Father's Day:

Text from Son to Dad: "No mon(ey), no fun, your son"

Reply from Father: "So sad, too bad, your dad"


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
19th of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of
Shandong

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 19th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of S
udan

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)


 

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


Pope Francis:
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