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Imitating Pope Francis

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DG - Since 2013, this website's anti-drug campaign has saved many dozens of Africans & others from going to prison in HK.    To intensify the campaign, new websites are being constructed:

Hong Kong Indonesia Kenya Nigeria Philippines South Africa

South America

Thailand Tanzania Uganda Europe

  August 13, 2013:  How this campaign began               Hong Kong - how many years in prison for drug trafficking?                    A related concern:  www.AsylumSeekerHK.com 


 

Sunday December 11

Pope (246, below): How can we encourage divorced parents to do everything possible to raise their children in the Christian life, to give them an example of committed and practical faith, if we keep them at arm’s length from the life of the community, as if they were somehow excommunicated?

 


May the coming celebration of Christmas give our world an increase of hope and peace

George Monbiot:

The McDonald's Theory of Decline     

What I mean is that, under the onslaught of the placeless, transnational capital McDonald’s exemplifies, democracy as a living system withers and dies. The old forms and forums still exist – parliaments and congresses remain standing – but the power they once contained seeps away, re-emerging where we can no longer reach it.

 

Letters from women in prison in HK for drug trafficking:

Letter from a Kenyan mother. Here (Dec 2)

Letter from a South African mother. Here (Dec 8)

Letter in Portuguese from a Brazilian mother. Here (Nov 17)


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

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

c.f. Readings for "Advent 3"

Isaiah 35

Strengthen all weary hands,
steady all trembling knees, and say to all faint hearts "Courage! Do not be afraid. The Lord is coming to save you."

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, the ears of the deaf unsealed.

Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongues of the dumb sing for joy.

Exiles will return to Zion shouting for joy, everlasting joy on their faces.

Joy and gladness will go with them. Sorrow and lament will be ended.

Lord, please heal the friends I know who are blind, deaf, dumb 

My recording of this reading

 

 

Psalm 146

My soul, give praise to the Lord.
I will praise the Lord all my days.

Put no trust in princes, in mortal men in whom there is no help. Take their breath, they return to clay, and their plans that day come to nothing.

They are happy who are helped by Jacob's God, whose hope is in the Lord our God, who alone made heaven and earth, the seas and all they contain.

It is he who gives bread to the hungry, the Lord, who sets prisoners free. It is the Lord who gives sight to the blind, who raises up those who are bowed down.

It is the Lord who protects the stranger and upholds the widow and orphan. It is the Lord who loves the just but thwarts the path of the wicked.

The Lord will reign for ever,
Zion's God, from age to age.

Lord, please increase my trust and faith in you

Recording 

James 1.1-12

From James, servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Greetings to believers scattered around the world

You will always have difficulties and things going wrong.
When they happen, praise God for them and patiently keep going

Blessed are people who stand firm when trials come. They have proved themselves, and will win the prize of eternal life which the Lord has promised to those who love him

Jesus, please give me patience and praise when life gets tough

Recording  

Matthew 11.1-19

John the Baptist sent some of his friends to ask Jesus "Are you the promised Anointed One?"

Jesus replied "Tell John what you hear and see: blind people see, lame people walk, lepers are healed".

Jesus also said to the people around him how neither John nor himself could please the religious leaders.

"For John always fasted and never drank wine, and people said he was possessed.

I eat well and I drink wine and people call me a glutton and a drunkard."

Jesus, please help me be someone who is easy to live with,
someone who is not hard to please

Recording  

 

Our sick world has so many problems. We need help from Heaven. We need Jesus. Come Lord Jesus and save us (Isaiah). Come Lord Jesus and protect us (Psalm 146). Come Lord Jesus and give us courage (James).  Come Lord Jesus, Anointed One (Gospel)

 



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

246: Recording

The Church, while appreciating the situations of conflict that are part of marriage, cannot fail to speak out on behalf of those who are most vulnerable: the children who often suffer in silence. 

Today, “despite our seemingly evolved sensibilities and all our refined psychological analyses, I ask myself if we are not becoming numb to the hurt in children’s souls… Do we feel the immense psychological burden borne by children in families where the members mistreat and hurt one another, to the point of breaking the bonds of marital fidelity?”

Such harmful experiences do not help children to grow in the maturity needed to make definitive commitments. 

For this reason, Christian communities must not abandon divorced parents who have entered a new union, but should include and support them in their efforts to bring up their children.

“How can we encourage those parents to do everything possible to raise their children in the Christian life, to give them an example of committed and practical faith, if we keep them at arm’s length from the life of the community, as if they were somehow excommunicated? We must keep from acting in a way that adds even more to the burdens that children in these situations already have to bear!”

Helping heal the wounds of parents and supporting them spiritually is also beneficial for children, who need the familiar face of the Church to see them through this traumatic experience. 

Divorce is an evil and the increasing number of divorces is very troubling. Hence, our most important pastoral task with regard to families is to strengthen their love, helping to heal wounds and working to prevent the spread of this drama of our times.

 


 

 


 

Full English text

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

235: Recording 

The Sacraments are a privileged way in which nature is taken up by God to become a means of mediating supernatural life. Through our worship of God, we are invited to embrace the world on a different plane.

 Water, oil, fire and colours are taken up in all their symbolic power and incorporated in our act of praise. The hand that blesses is an instrument of God’s love and a reflection of the closeness of Jesus Christ, who came to accompany us on the journey of life. Water poured over the body of a child in Baptism is a sign of new life. Encountering God does not mean fleeing from this world or turning our back on nature.

 This is especially clear in the spirituality of the Christian East. “Beauty, which in the East is one of the best loved names expressing the divine harmony and the model of humanity transfigured, appears everywhere: in the shape of a church, in the sounds, in the colours, in the lights, in the scents”.[164] 

For Christians, all the creatures of the material universe find their true meaning in the incarnate Word, for the Son of God has incorporated in his person part of the material world, planting in it a seed of definitive transformation. “Christianity does not reject matter. Rather, bodiliness is considered in all its value in the liturgical act, whereby the human body is disclosed in its inner nature as a temple of the Holy Spirit and is united with the Lord Jesus, who himself took a body for the world’s salvation”.[165]

 



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

223b: Recording

One of the faults which we occasionally observe in sociopolitical activity is that spaces and power are preferred to time and processes. 

Giving priority to space means madly attempting to keep everything together in the present, trying to possess all the spaces of power and of self-assertion; it is to crystallize processes and presume to hold them back.

Giving priority to time means being concerned about initiating processes rather than possessing spaces. 

 


10 years ago
 today

2006-12-11 Frankie (HK ND), A-Wah, Professor Francesco (Italy) at centers   +
Evening secondary English class at Ricci School


One of the inmates' letters at the top of this menu has the words "I was born and bread in South Africa" ....obviously not a loafer ...trying to make dough and earn a crust


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

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

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

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

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

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

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


 

Saturday December 10

Pope (245, below): I make this appeal to parents who are separated:
 Never ever, take your child hostage!

Video: What "gay marriage" did to Massachusetts


Islam File    The New Translation

The video at left "What gay marriage" did to Massachusetts is frightening. Notice the increase in sexually transmitted diseases that goes with a promotion of the radical homosexual agenda.

To help HK avoid the same situation, would anyone please be able to help get Chinese sub-titles put on the video? Please let me know before starting, to avoid more than one person doing such a big job: jdwomi@gmail.com 

Yesterday I made the long trip to Shek Pik Prison on Lantau Island to visit some South African prisoners ...in preparation for my trip to SA at the end of this month DV. 
Then on the way home I visited some newly-arrived African prisoners at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre. No trouble sleeping last night...


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

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

Genesis 41 (a)

Two years later Pharaoh had a dream: he was standing by the river Nile and saw 7 healthy cows feeding on the riverside.

Then he saw 7 sickly cows which ate the 7 healthy cows.

Pharaoh woke, then had a second dream when he went back to sleep: 7 rich ears of corn on one stalk, followed by 7 withered ears
which ate the 7 rich ears.

None of Pharaoh's wise men could interpret the dreams.

Then the cup-bearer told Pharaoh
how Joseph could understand dreams. Pharaoh sent for Joseph
and Joseph told Pharaoh the meaning of his dreams: the 7 healthy cows and 7 rich ears meant 7 good years for Egypt; 
the 7 sickly cows and 7 withered ears meant 7 years of famine.

My recording of this reading

Genesis 41 (b)

Joseph also told Pharaoh what to do: use a tax to collect one fifth of all grain in the 7 good years;
then during the 7 years of famine 
use the collected grain to feed Egypt.

Pharaoh and his ministers were so impressed by Joseph's wisdom
that Pharaoh made Joseph governor of the whole of Egypt,
second only to Pharaoh himself.

Pharaoh gave Joseph Asenath, a priest's daughter, as his wife.

Joseph was now 30 years old, 
having spent more than 10 years in Egypt.

For the next 7 years Joseph traveled all over Egypt,
supervising the collection of grain.

Before the famine began, Joseph and Asenath had two sons: Manasseh and Ephraim.

When the famine began, Pharaoh told the Egyptians "Go to Joseph and do what he tells you".

People from all over Egypt and from other countries went to Joseph to buy grain during the famine.

Recording  

 

Acts 9.1-19

Paul kept up his campaign against the Lord's disciples. He got the ok to arrest followers of the Way in Damascus

But on his way to Damascus, a light from heaven surrounded him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying "Paul, Paul, why are you persecuting me?"

He said "Who are you, Lord?"
The voice replied "I am Jesus, and you are persecuting me. Go into Damascus and you will be told what to do"

Paul's eyes were open, but for more than a day he was without his sight, and he ate and drank nothing

The Lord got Ananias, a disciple in Damascus, to visit Paul and pray for him. The Lord said to Ananias "Paul  is my chosen instrument to bring my name to non-Jews and Jews. He will suffer much for me"

Ananias went to Paul and prayed for him with the laying on of hands. Straight away, Paul could see again. Then Ananias baptized him

Jesus, please help me understand
how unkindness to others is unkindness to you

 Recording 

 

Mark 15.1-15

Early in the morning, the religious leaders had Jesus bound with ropes. They took him to Pilate, the Roman governor

The leaders accused Jesus of many crimes. To the governor's amazement, Jesus remained silent

The leaders persuaded the crowd to demand the execution of Jesus. They called out to Pilate "Crucify him".

Pilate asked "Why? What has he done wrong?" The crowd shouted all the louder "Crucify him. Crucify him".

Giving in to the crowd, Pilate then ordered Jesus to be scourged and crucified

Jesus, help people who are condemned to death

Recording  

 

 

 

 

Joseph was in prison (Genesis). Paul put people in prison (Acts). Jesus was prisoner in front of Pilate (Mark). The powers that be were wrong about Joseph and Jesus ...both were innocent. Paul was wrong about the people he had imprisoned ...their only "crime" was being Christians. A lesson here for all involved in legal cases ....you can't be too careful in judging legal cases. Come to think of it, so often we are mistaken in our judgements about people. As an old movie (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner) puts it: "The time to judge is never"

 


Africa is being choked. But corporations leave their grime on us all

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

245: Recording

The Synod Fathers also pointed to “the consequences of separation or divorce on children, in every case the innocent victims of the situation”.

Apart from every other consideration, the good of children should be the primary concern, and not overshadowed by any ulterior interest or objective. 

I make this appeal to parents who are separated: “Never ever, take your child hostage! You separated for many problems and reasons. Life gave you this trial, but your children should not have to bear the burden of this separation or be used as hostages against the other spouse. They should grow up hearing their mother speak well of their father, even though they are not together, and their father speak well of their mother”.

It is irresponsible to disparage the other parent as a means of winning a child’s affection, or out of revenge or self-justification. Doing so will affect the child’s interior tranquillity and cause wounds hard to heal.



Full English text

Full Chinese text

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

234: Recording 

Saint John of the Cross taught that all the goodness present in the realities and experiences of this world “is present in God eminently and infinitely, or more properly, God is in each of these sublime realities”.[161] 

This is not because the finite things of this world are really divine, but because the mystic experiences the intimate connection between God and all beings, and thus feels that “all things are God”.[162]

 Standing awestruck before a mountain, he or she cannot separate this experience from God, and perceives that the interior awe being lived has to be entrusted to the Lord:

 “Mountains have heights and they are plentiful, vast, beautiful, graceful, bright and fragrant. These mountains are what my Beloved is to me. Lonely valleys are quiet, pleasant, cool, shady and flowing with fresh water; in the variety of their groves and in the sweet song of the birds, they afford abundant recreation and delight to the senses, and in their solitude and silence, they refresh us and give rest. These valleys are what my Beloved is to me”.[163]



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

223a: Recording

This principle ("time is greater than space") enables us to work slowly but surely, without being obsessed with immediate results.

 It helps us patiently to endure difficult and adverse situations, or inevitable changes in our plans.

 It invites us to accept the tension between fullness and limitation, and to give a priority to time.

 


10 years ago
 on this day

2006-12-10 Matteo Ricci Seminar in Zhaoqing

On the MTR (Metro) on my way home from visits to two prisons yesterday I saw a man wearing a shirt with these words: Anti-Social Club


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 10th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Hubei

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 10th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of
Guinea

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 December 9

Pope (233, below)The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely. Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face

"Same-sex marriage" file

Islam File    The New Translation

Already on line (that's fast!): Court of Appeal summary of case I attended on Dec 7 - a Ugandan woman applying to make an appeal against sentence.

Summary has frequent mentions of my anti-drug campaign

US parish provides rechargeable solar lamps to its Ugandan 'twin'

Low-income Australian students bring solar power to the people

"State and federal governments don't seem to be doing much for climate change ... so we do feel like we've made a difference by demonstrating a project that hasn't been done before."  
  

 


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

Genesis 40

Even in jail, God protected Joseph.

When two of Pharaoh's officials,
his cup-bearer and his baker
also were put in jail, Joseph was able to interpret dreams they had.

The cup-bearer dreamt he picked grapes and made wine for Pharaoh's cup.

Joseph told him the meaning of his dream: in three days he'd be free and back at work as Pharaoh's cup-bearer.

The baker dreamt that birds ate bread from a tray on top of his head.

Joseph told him: "In three days you'll be hanged, and birds will eat your flesh."

And so it happened as Joseph had said: on the third day the cup-bearer went back to work in Pharaoh's palace while the baker was hanged.

Joseph asked the cup-bearer to help him get out of jail, but when the cup-bearer was free,  he forgot about Joseph.


Dear God, please bless everyone who has ever helped me

 Recording

 

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 bless all people who are sorrowful as they work

Recording  

   

 

 

 

 

Acts 8.14-17

The apostles in Jerusalem heard that people in Samaria had accepted the word of God. Peter and John went to Samaria to pray for the Samaritans to receive the Holy Spirit.

So far the Samaritans had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. The Holy Spirit had not come down on them

When Peter and John prayed over them with the laying on of hands, the Samaritans received the Holy Spirit

Come Holy Spirit. Come down on me. Please help me understand the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation

Recording 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark 14.66-72

Peter went to the place where the religious leaders had Jesus on trial.

A young woman in the courtyard of the place said to him "You were with Jesus, the man from Nazareth"

Peter replied "I don't know what you're talking about"

Peter went to the gateway of the place, where the woman saw him again and said to people around her "This man is one of them". Peter denied it

Not long after this a group of people said to Peter "You are his friend. We can tell by your Galilean accent".

Then Peter even more strongly replied "I do not know the man"

At that very moment, a rooster crowed.

Peter remembered Jesus' words "Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times".

Peter then wept loudly

Jesus, please help me not to deny you. Give me courage to say "I am a Christian"

Recording


A Chinese saying: "Failure is the mother of success". Applies to today's reading from Genesis - Joseph a failure in prison...but things got incredibly better. And look at Peter Failure in the Gospel ....the same person as Blessing Peter in Acts.   


Vatican reiterates that homosexuals shouldn't be priests


 

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

244: Recording

A large number of Synod Fathers also “emphasized the need to make the procedure in cases of nullity more accessible and less time consuming, and, if possible, free of charge”.

The slowness of the process causes distress and strain on the parties.

My two recent documents dealing with this issue have simplified the procedures for the declarations of matrimonial nullity. 

With these, I wished “to make clear that the bishop himself, in the Church over which he has been appointed shepherd and head, is by that very fact the judge of those faithful entrusted to his care”.

“The implementation of these documents is therefore a great responsibility for Ordinaries in dioceses, who are called upon to judge some cases themselves and, in every case, to ensure the faithful an easier access to justice.

This involves preparing a sufficient staff, composed of clerics and lay persons who are primarily deputed to this ecclesial service.

Information, counselling and mediation services associated with the family apostolate should also be made available to individuals who are separated or couples in crisis. 

These services could also include meeting with individuals in view of the preliminary inquiry of a matrimonial process


Touché

Lawmaker slams LegCo president for wearing party symbol while holding meeting


 

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

233: Recording

The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely. Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face.[159]

The ideal is not only to pass from the exterior to the interior to discover the action of God in the soul, but also to discover God in all things. 

Saint Bonaventure teaches us that “contemplation deepens the more we feel the working of God’s grace within our hearts, and the better we learn to encounter God in creatures outside ourselves”.[160]

 



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

222: Recording

A constant tension exists between fullness and limitation. Fullness evokes the desire for complete possession, while limitation is a wall set before us.

 Broadly speaking, “time” has to do with fullness as an expression of the horizon which constantly opens before us, while each individual moment has to do with limitation as an expression of enclosure. 

People live poised between each individual moment and the greater, brighter horizon of the utopian future as the final cause which draws us to itself. Here we see a first principle for progress in building a people: time is greater than space.

 


Is there any truth in the foul rumour that after his encounter with the rooster (today's Gospel) Peter was never again so cock sure of himself and never again ate chicken?


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

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

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

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

On this
9th of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of
Henan

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 9th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of
Central African Republic

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

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

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

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

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


 

Thursday December 8 

Pope (243, below)The Christian community’s care of divorced persons is not to be considered a weakening of its faith and testimony to the indissolubility of marriage; rather, such care is a particular expression of its charity”.

A man sent his friend a cryptic Christmas card. It said:
A B C D E F G H I J K M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

The recipient puzzled over it for weeks, finally gave up and wrote asking for an explanation.

He received the explanation on a postcard:
"No L." 

(The 1st Noel)

After many unsuccessful efforts to get my anti-drug message into media of drug-sending countries, I recently started using Facebook pages of radio and tv stations in those countries. Like this post on a Venezuelan radio station. Here

Chained Venezuelans at Vatican plead for end to their country’s nightmare

 

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Video "What 'gay-marriage' did to Massachusetts" - at this link:
Lessons Learned from Overseas


HK readers
: asylum seeker concert on Sunday, Dec 11 at HK Science Museum. Click to enlarge this poster for details:

2016-12-08-One-Family.jpg (256450 bytes)

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Ireland not ready to meet the Pope

 

 
O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us

The Immaculate Conception
of Mary by her mother Anne

The immaculate conception of Mary refers to her mother's conception of her, not her conception of Jesus (the virgin birth of Jesus) 

Today's feast reminds us that it is possible to defeat evil - e.g. the evil of drugs. Drug taking can be stopped. Many people have come off drugs by community support and prayer 

 


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

c.f. readings for Immaculate Conception

Genesis 3: 

A creature hostile to God took the form of a snake and tempted the first man and first woman. The snake tempted them to disobey God.

When God asked them why they disobeyed him, the man blamed the woman, and the woman blamed the snake.

God said to the snake: "You are the enemy of the human race.
Someday a member of the human race will defeat you."

God said to the man and woman:
"From dust you came  and to dust you will return."

The first man's name was Adam (meaning "man"). The first woman's name was Eve (meaning "life").

Dear God, please help me understand how evil in the world
started when Adam and Eve disobeyed you

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


 



Ephesians 1:

Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all the spiritual blessings of heaven in Christ.

Before the world was made, he chose us, chose us in Christ, to be holy and spotless, and to live through love in his presence, determining that we should become his adopted children, the people who would put their hope in Christ before he came.

God our Father, before Mary was born, you chose her to be Jesus' mother. Before I was born, you  chose me to be a brother/sister of Jesus

Recording


Luke 1:

In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, God sent the angel
Gabriel to the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary who was betrothed to a man named Joseph

The angel said to her "Mary, Rejoice! You have been greatly blessed by God.  You are to conceive and have a son whom you must name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of God"

Mary said to the angel, "How can this happen since I am a virgin?"

The angel replied "The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will specially bless you. Know this too: your cousin Elizabeth has, in her old age, conceived a son, and is now in her sixth  month"

"I am the handmaid of the Lord", said Mary, "let what you have said, be done for me".  And the angel left her

God the Son, thank you for becoming a baby in Mary's womb

Recording

 

Mary got involved, from start to finish - Mary a model re Pope Francis' words "get out", "get involved", "look outwards"

Assumption reflection  - Vatican II encourages a healthy love for the mother of Jesus



 

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

243: Recording

It is important that the divorced who have entered a new union should be made to feel part of the Church. 

“They are not excommunicated” and they should not be treated as such, since they remain part of the ecclesial community.

These situations “require careful discernment and respectful accompaniment.

Language or conduct that might lead them to feel discriminated against should be avoided, and they should be encouraged to participate in the life of the community.

The Christian community’s care of such persons is not to be considered a weakening of its faith and testimony to the indissolubility of marriage; rather, such care is a particular expression of its charity”.


The road of no return Part 2: How the courts could have handled the oaths row


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

232: Recording 

Not everyone is called to engage directly in political life. Society is also enriched by a countless array of organizations which work to promote the common good and to defend the environment, whether natural or urban. 

Some, for example, show concern for a public place (a building, a fountain, an abandoned monument, a landscape, a square), and strive to protect, restore, improve or beautify it as something belonging to everyone. Around these community actions, relationships develop or are recovered and a new social fabric emerges. Thus, a community can break out of the indifference induced by consumerism.

 These actions cultivate a shared identity, with a story which can be remembered and handed on. In this way, the world, and the quality of life of the poorest, are cared for, with a sense of solidarity which is at the same time aware that we live in a common home which God has entrusted to us. These community actions, when they express self-giving love, can also become intense spiritual experiences.



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

221: Recording

Progress in building a people in peace, justice and fraternity depends on four principles related to constant tensions present in every social reality

These derive from the pillars of the Church’s social doctrine, which serve as “primary and fundamental parameters of reference for interpreting and evaluating social phenomena”.

 In their light I would now like to set forth these four specific principles which can guide the development of life in society and the building of a people where differences are harmonized within a shared pursuit.

 I do so out of the conviction that their application can be a genuine path to peace within each nation and in the entire world.

 


I suspect this was rehearsed, not spontaneous:
Man punches a kangaroo in the face to rescue his dog ... - YouTube

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
8th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of
Heilongjiang

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 8th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of
Sierra Leone

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 December 7

Pope (220, below)Responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation

 

Yesterday I visited Pik Uk Correctional Insitutuion (for under 21 offenders) and next door Pik Uk Prison. At the prison I saw a number of African inmates, especially from Tanzania, who are coming to end of their sentences ....due to be released in the next 3-12 months. They have smiles on their faces which poor inmates who are just starting their 10 year sentences can only dream of.

Australian love-scam victim Yoshe Ann Taylor's appeal rejected by Cambodian court as Nigerian conman lashes out

Drug Lords are still recruiting vulnerable people from Venezuela to come to HK ....people desperate for money ... desperate as in this story:

Women sell hair in order to buy basic necessities

Chris McDonnell  
(UK blogger)
 

What ever happened
to the Easter People?

We might ask how many diocesan bishops have a lay pastoral council, where views might be exchanged and opinions offered?


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

Genesis 39

The slave traders took Joseph to Egypt and sold him to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's top officials.

God was with Joseph. God blessed everything Joseph did.

Because Joseph did everything so well Potiphar put Joseph in charge of his household and all his possessions.

Because of Joseph, God blessed Potiphar and all his interests.

Potiphar's wife tried to seduce Joseph who was very handsome. But day after day Joseph refused to sleep with her.

Then one day when Joseph again refused her she tore his clothes and started screaming.

She claimed Joseph had tried to seduce her. Potiphar believed his wife and he put Joseph in jail.

Dear God, please don't let me cause other people to do wrong

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 help us be more aware of your protecting presence

Recording   

 

 

 

 

 

Acts 8.4-8

The believers who escaped from Jerusalem went from place to place spreading the Good News

One of these believers was Philip. He preached about Jesus in a Samaritan town

The Samaritans welcomed Philip's message because of the miracles he worked

Unclean spirits came out of many possessed people, and a number of handicapped people were cured

Such miracles caused great rejoicing in that town

Jesus, let there be more miracles in our day, especially the healing of handicapped people

Recording 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark 14.53-65

The men who arrested Jesus took him to a meeting of the religious leaders. The leaders wanted to condemn Jesus to death, even if they had to use false evidence

Jesus remained silent before their accusations. Then the main leader challenged Jesus: "Are you the Saviour, the Son of God?"

Jesus replied "I am". The leader then called out "We have heard him claim to be of Divine origin. This is blasphemy"

The rest of the leaders shouted "He should die". Then they spat in Jesus' face and hit him with their fists

Jesus, thank you for submitting yourself to insult and spittle
for the salvation of the world

Recording 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Joseph story (Genesis) has been made into one of my favourite movies ...I've seen it more than 50 times, in English classes ....Joseph, King of Dreams ...great music and songs


Daniel Daring: New Year Resolution - Reading the New Testament


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

242: Recording

The Synod Fathers noted that “special discernment is indispensable for the pastoral care of those who are separated, divorced or abandoned. 

Respect needs to be shown especially for the sufferings of those who have unjustly endured separation, divorce or abandonment, or those who have been forced by maltreatment from a husband or a wife to interrupt their life together.

To forgive such an injustice that has been suffered is not easy, but grace makes this journey possible. Pastoral care must necessarily include efforts at reconciliation and mediation, through the establishment of specialized counselling centres in dioceses”.

At the same time, “divorced people who have not remarried, and often bear witness to marital fidelity, ought to be encouraged to find in the Eucharist the nourishment they need to sustain them in their present state of life. The local community and pastors should accompany these people with solicitude, particularly when children are involved or when they are in serious financial difficulty”.

Family breakdown becomes even more traumatic and painful in the case of the poor, since they have far fewer resources at hand for starting a new life. A poor person, once removed from a secure family environment, is doubly vulnerable to abandonment and possible harm.

 


Recommended 
by a reader in Australia:


YouTube by The Catholic Guy

...personal prayer....growing in our relationship with Jesus ....especially for leaders


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

231: Recording 

Love, overflowing with small gestures of mutual care, is also civic and political, and it makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world. 

Love for society and commitment to the common good are outstanding expressions of a charity which affects not only relationships between individuals but also “macro-relationships, social, economic and political ones”.[156] That is why the Church set before the world the ideal of a “civilization of love”.[157] 

Social love is the key to authentic development: “In order to make society more human, more worthy of the human person, love in social life – political, economic and cultural – must be given renewed value, becoming the constant and highest norm for all activity”.[158]

 In this framework, along with the importance of little everyday gestures, social love moves us to devise larger strategies to halt environmental degradation and to encourage a “culture of care” which permeates all of society. When we feel that God is calling us to intervene with others in these social dynamics, we should realize that this too is part of our spirituality, which is an exercise of charity and, as such, matures and sanctifies us. 




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

220: Recording

People in every nation enhance the social dimension of their lives by acting as committed and responsible citizens, not as a mob swayed by the powers that be.

 Let us not forget that “responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation”.

Yet becoming a people demands something more. It is an ongoing process in which every new generation must take part: a slow and arduous effort calling for a desire for integration and a willingness to achieve this through the growth of a peaceful and multifaceted culture of encounter.

 


At Tai Lam women's prison on Monday and at Pik Up prison yesterday, many inmates wished me a Merry Christmas. I didn't have the heart to wish them a Merry Christmas (..how can you be happy in prison? ...), but, as in previous years, they genuinely and warmly wish all visitors a Merry Christmas. A lesson here ....


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
7th of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of
Hebei

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 7th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of
Burkina Faso

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 December 6

Pope (241, below): ...in some marriages, separation becomes inevitable

 

 

Today is the Feast of Saint Nicholas, from whose name we get the name "Santa Claus". He was a bishop who cared about poor people

                                 Video: The St. Nicholas Tradition

 

Two Good News stories:

HK lawyer goes the distance for trafficking victims

Store on busy road invigorates Nairobi women's peacemaking group

 

Yesterday I spent 8 hours at Tai Lam Women's prison ....grateful to learn that there has not been a new African drug mule arrested at HK airport for the past 6 months...but sad to learn that there is a new drug mule from South America


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

Genesis 38

Jacob's son Judah had three sons - Er, Onan and Shelah. Er married Tamar, but not long after the wedding, Er died.

So, according to custom, Judah asked Onan to marry Tamar and have a child for his brother.

But Onan spilt his seed each time he slept with Tamar, so Tamar did not conceive.

Judah then said to Tamar "Wait till Shelah grows up, and you can marry him." But when Shelah was older, he still hadn't been given to Tamar. So Tamar tricked her father-in-law Judah.

She dressed as a prostitute and conceived a baby by Judah. Judah did not know that the woman was Tamar; her face was covered. Three months later  Judah was told that his daughter-in-law was pregnant after acting as a prostitute.

Judah followed the harsh local  custom and said "Take her outside and burn her." But Tamar  produced Judah's seal, stick and cord which he had given to her as a pledge when he had sex with her.

So Judah admitted his guilt and freed Tamar who gave birth to twin boys.

Dear God, please help married people to be happy

Psalm 124

"If the Lord had not been on our side", this is Israel's song.

If the Lord had not been on our side when people rose against us, then would they have swallowed us alive when they were angry with us.

Blessed be the Lord who did not let us become a prey for their teeth.

Our life, like a bird, has escaped
from the snare of the hunter.

Indeed the snare has been broken
and we have escaped.

Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth. 

Thank you, Lord, for all the times you have rescued me from trouble
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


Acts 7.55 - 8.3

Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked up and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at God's right hand

"I can see heaven thrown open", he said, "and Jesus standing at the right hand of God"

At this, the religious leaders at the meeting covered their ears with their hands. They sent Stephen out of the city and stoned him. The false witnesses (who were required to throw the first stones) put down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Paul

As they were stoning him, Stephen prayed "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit". Then he knelt down and prayed "Lord, do not hold this sin against them". Then he died. Paul entirely approved of the killing

That day a bitter persecution started against the church in Jerusalem and everyone except the apostles fled to the countryside

Paul  began working for the destruction of the church. He went from house to house arresting men and women and sending them to prison

Jesus, thank you for the example of Stephen who, like yourself, forgave those who were killing him

Recording  

 

  

 Mark 14.43 - 52

While Jesus was still speaking, Judas arrived. Judas had with him a large crowd of men with swords and clubs, sent by the religious leaders

Judas had told these men "The one I kiss is the man. Take him".
So Judas went  to Jesus and said  "Teacher" and kissed him. The men then seized Jesus

Jesus said to them "Am I a robber that you needed to capture me with swords and clubs?  Day after day I was openly teaching in the Temple"

All the apostles then deserted him and ran away

Jesus, when I am being treated unfairly by other people, please give me strength

Recording 

Notice the difference: in today's Gospel, the apostles run away from danger. Some months later, (in the reading from Acts), the apostles do not run away from danger. They had undergone a drastic change at Pentecost. Such can be the influence of the Holy Spirit in our lives


 


This is disturbing:
Refugee on court bail for three years without welfare



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

241: Recording

In some cases, respect for one’s own dignity and the good of the children requires not giving in to excessive demands, or preventing a grave injustice, violence or chronic ill-treatment. 

In such cases, “separation becomes inevitable.

At times it even becomes morally necessary, precisely when it is a matter of removing the more vulnerable spouse or young children from serious injury due to abuse and violence, from humiliation and exploitation, and from disregard and indifference”.

Even so, “separation must be considered as a last resort, after all other reasonable attempts at reconciliation have proved vain”.


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

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

230: Recording

Saint Therese of Lisieux invites us to practise the little way of love, not to miss out on a kind word, a smile or any small gesture which sows peace and friendship.

 An integral ecology is also made up of simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness.

 In the end, a world of exacerbated consumption is at the same time a world which mistreats life in all its forms.

 



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

219: Recording 

Nor is peace “simply the absence of warfare, based on a precarious balance of power; it is fashioned by efforts directed day after day towards the establishment of the ordered universe willed by God, with a more perfect justice among men”.

 In the end, a peace which is not the result of integral development will be doomed; it will always spawn new conflicts and various forms of violence. 

 



10 years ago today

2006-12-06  Hong Kong PIME visitors, all from Italy, happy to visit so  places with
Italian names (...Ricci....Marco Polo..)

2006-12-06 CAS Primary 6 English teacher Candy with daughter Xiao Mei


It's happened twice now ....after a long day at Tai Lam women's prison....I doze on the train coming home ...and miss my station ....and have to get off at a later station and go back to my station!


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
6th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of
Hainan

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 6th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of
Liberia

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 December 5

Pope (240, below):  Many people leave childhood without ever having felt unconditional love

Pope (229, below): When the foundations of social life are corroded, what ensues are battles over conflicting interests, new forms of violence and brutality, and obstacles to the growth of a genuine culture of care for the environment.

 

See the moving photos here: 

Mixed Blessings: Islamic State's trail of destruction

 


This story about a Filipina mentions how she helped my anti-drug campaign: 
DH-turned-drug mule jailed 16½ yrs  

 

Please God this man will be the next CE of HK ....will be good news for the poor, especially prisoners!

Ex-judge Woo Kwok-hing determined to lead Hong Kong out of political stalemate

Exclusive interview: Edward Snowden and his HK lawyer, Robert Tibbo

Families who sheltered Edward Snowden in Hong Kong say NSA whistleblower ‘gave them hope’


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

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

Genesis 37

Jacob loved Joseph more than  his other sons because Joseph was the son of his old age. Jacob had a special coat of many colors made for Joseph.

Joseph's older brothers were jealous of Joseph and hated him.

Joseph had a dream: he became a famous person. This made his brothers hate him all the more.

One day, when the brothers were looking after their sheep in a distant place, Jacob sent Joseph to see how they were.

When the brothers saw Joseph coming some of them wanted to kill him. Eventually they sold Joseph to some slave traders for 20 silver pieces.

The slave traders took Joseph to Egypt and re-sold him there.

The brothers told Jacob that a wild animal had killed Joseph. 
Jacob was heart broken and mourned Joseph all the time.

Dear God, please help me not to be jealous of other people

My recording of this reading

Psalm 123

To you have I lifted up my eyes,
you who dwell in the heavens.

My eyes, like the eyes of slaves
on the hand of their lords.

Like the eyes of a servant on the hand of her mistress, so our eyes are on the Lord our God till he show us mercy.

Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy. We are filled with contempt.

Indeed all too full is our soul with the scorn of the rich, with the proud man's disdain.

Lord, please protect poor people from being exploited by rich people

Recording 

 




 


Acts 7.1-54

The meeting of religious leaders had falsely accused Stephen of being disloyal to Moses

So Stephen gave a long speech, full of loyalty to Moses. Then he made a stinging attack on the leaders: "You stubborn people, with your pagan hearts and pagan ears. You are always resisting the Holy Spirit, just as your ancestors did.

Your ancestors killed the prophets who foretold the coming of the Just One. You have gone further: you have killed the Just One himself"

When the leaders heard these words, they were very angry and wanted to kill Stephen

Jesus, Just One from heaven, please don't let me resist the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit of God, please increase your influence in my life

Recording 

 

 

 

 

Mark 14.26-42

After the meal, Jesus said to his apostles "Tonight all of you will desert me"

Peter said "I will never desert you". Jesus replied "Tonight before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times"

They came to a place with olive trees called Gethsemane. Jesus asked Peter, James and John to pray with him

Jesus was overcome with sadness and fear. He said to them "Sadness is filling my heart, as if my heart is dying. Please support me as I pray"

Then he fell on his face and prayed for about an hour: "Father, don't let this suffering continue. But your will be done"

He stood up and found that the apostles were asleep. He said to them "Couldn't you stay awake one hour to support me?"

Three times he prayed the same way. Three times the apostles went to sleep.

Then he said "Get ready.  The one who is betraying me is coming"

Jesus, please help me give more time to prayer

Recording 


Joseph (Genesis) was sold for 20 silver pieces, then re-sold for 30 silver pieces. Jesus was sold for 30 silver pieces. Jospeh's slavery in Egypt brought blessings for his own people and for Egypt. Jesus' suffering brought blessings for his own people and the whole world. See
31 ways in which Joseph prefigured Jesus

 


The grim truth of Chinese factories producing the west’s toys

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

240: Recording

Many people leave childhood without ever having felt unconditional love.

This affects their ability to be trusting and open with others.

A poor relationship with one’s parents and siblings, if left unhealed, can re-emerge and hurt a marriage.

Unresolved issues need to be dealt with and a process of liberation must take place. 

When problems emerge in a marriage, before important decisions are made it is important to ensure that each spouse has come to grips with his or her own history.

This involves recognizing a need for healing, insistent prayer for the grace to forgive and be forgiven, a willingness to accept help, and the determination not to give up but to keep trying.

A sincere self-examination will make it possible to see how one’s own shortcomings and immaturity affect the relationship.

Even if it seems clear that the other person is at fault, a crisis will never be overcome simply by expecting him or her to change. 

We also have to ask what in our own life needs to grow or heal if the conflict is to be resolved.

 



 

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

229: Recording

We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it.

 We have had enough of immorality and the mockery of ethics, goodness, faith and honesty. 

It is time to acknowledge that light-hearted superficiality has done us no good. 

When the foundations of social life are corroded, what ensues are battles over conflicting interests, new forms of violence and brutality, and obstacles to the growth of a genuine culture of care for the environment.

 



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

218: Recording

Peace in society cannot be understood as pacification or the mere absence of violence resulting from the domination of one part of society over others. 

Nor does true peace act as a pretext for justifying a social structure which silences or appeases the poor, so that the more affluent can placidly support their lifestyle while others have to make do as they can. 

Demands involving the distribution of wealth, concern for the poor and human rights cannot be suppressed under the guise of creating a consensus on paper or a transient peace for a contented minority. 

The dignity of the human person and the common good rank higher than the comfort of those who refuse to renounce their privileges. When these values are threatened, a prophetic voice must be raised

 


10 years ago today

2006-12-05 Evening English Classes at Ricci School  (for non-Ricci students)

Many years ago, when I had a holiday in Australia, people would sometimes ask me to buy some famous Manuka honey and bring it back to HK for them. Yesterday while I was waiting for some visitors in Temple Street, one minute from my home, I discovered a newly-opened shop ...with Australia-only products ...including Manuka 


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
5th of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of
Guizhou

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 5th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of
Chad

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

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

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

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

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


Pope's surprise visit to drug treatment centre

Pope is practising what he preaches: "get out and mix with the poor"

 

HK readers might like to join me in praying each day for one group of HK prison inmates:  Sun: Lo Wu    Mon: C.I.C., Siu Lam, Tai Lam     Tue: Stanley   Wed:  Hei Ling Chau    Thu: Lantau       Fri: Lai Chi Kok       Sat: Hospitals, Pik Uk & other centres


Pope Francis:
Thank you Holy Spirit

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HK Asylum Seekers File

IS (ISIS) File - Essential Reading

Gaza File - essential reading

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1998 ICEL Sacramentary

Misguided Missal
 

The new translation
Ghastly process/result

Ron Schmit:
 1962 Mass a condemnation of Vat II

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 Sacred Space  Daily prayer online.
Available in 19 languages


Jackie Evancho  - To Believe
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Pray-as-you-go.org
Daily prayer with beautiful music

Whole text of 1966 Jerusalem Bible

The Last Supper -  Bohdan Piasecki 
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The Lord's Day (Pope John Paul II)

How can we stop the anger, end the fear?  

 

 

You Raise Me Up    The Juggler

Bob Welsh - My Christmas Eve

 A Tale of Two Brains

Steep Your Soul: Meet Chris

The Story of Jonah 
as Told by The Cutest Little Girl
(gets even better as it goes along)

YouTube KLM!  André Rieu YouTube

YouTube about Oblates in HK

Gospel Call to Creation Care

It's a blessed cancer life 

North Africa refugee boat - Link
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Abortion Survivor’s Letter
 to the Abortionist

Give me oil in my lamp

Ronald Regan - On His Knees

Draw a stick man

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16 Documents of Vatican II

This website's  Reflections on the 16 documents  of Vatican II

Be careful of junk reading re Pope:
Chancery report in English
Chancery report in Chinese

   

Why I collect rubbish for Pope

Taking a stand

Navigation Aids      

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"Reform of reform" agenda

Too Western/European 

Abortion - a true story

The evil of compulsory celibacy

Link between compulsory celibacy
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     Near Death Experiences

Daniel Wallace - The Basics of New Testament Textual Criticism - YouTube

Globalisation of Indifference

The Deep History Behind Trump’s Rise

Tribalism lives on, 
for better and for worse

Video: Sydney Peace Prize Lecture by Julian Burnside  

Video: HK Catholic Biblical Association

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