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Sun Nov 19

Today is World Day of the Poor - Pope's message:

Tragically, in our own time, even as ostentatious wealth accumulates in the hands of the privileged few, often in connection with illegal activities and the appalling exploitation of human dignity, there is a scandalous growth of poverty in broad sectors of society throughout our world.  Faced with this scenario, we cannot remain passive, much less resigned. 

There is a poverty that stifles the spirit of initiative of so many young people by keeping them from finding work.  There is a poverty that dulls the sense of personal responsibility and leaves others to do the work while we go looking for favours.  There is a poverty that poisons the wells of participation and allows little room for professionalism; in this way it demeans the merit of those who do work and are productive. To all these forms of poverty we must respond with a new vision of life and society.

I invite the whole Church, and men and women of good will everywhere, to turn their gaze on this day to all those who stretch out their hands and plead for our help and solidarity.  They are our brothers and sisters, created and loved by the one Heavenly Father. This Day is meant, above all, to encourage believers to react against a culture of discard and waste, and to embrace the culture of encounter

 

  Man freed after being unjustly jailed for 45 years 

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings 
Comments welcome here     
Readings are from Simple Bible

c.f. readings for Sun 33

Proverbs 30-31: Every word of God is true and of great value. Do not change or misinterpret God's words. Do not give way to sexual excess. Do not give way to drunkenness. Be the voice of the poor, the unwanted. Uphold the rights of the needy. Happy the man who finds a good wife. She is far beyond the price of pearls. She looks after her household with care. She works diligently for her family. She holds out her hand to the poor. She opens her arms to the needy. Charm is deceitful, and beauty empty. The woman who is wise is the one to praise.
Lord, thank you for all the wisdom in the Book of Proverbs!

My recording of this reading

 

 

Psalm 128: O blessed are those who love the Lord and walk in his ways. By the labor of your hands you shall eat. You will be happy and prosper: your wife like a fruitful vine in the heart of your house; your children like shoots of the olive, around your table. Indeed thus shall be blessed the people who love and honor the Lord. May the Lord bless you from Zion all the days of your life. May you see your children's children in a happy Jerusalem! On Israel, peace! 
Dear Lord, may all married people live to see their children's children

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1 Thessalonians 5.1-11: The Lord's coming will not find us unprepared if we live a good life. You are not children of the night and of darkness. You are children of the light and of the day. Put on faith and love for a breastplate. Put on the hope of salvation for a helmet. Encourage one another. Strengthen one another. 
Jesus, please help me be a person of
encouragement, not discouragement

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Luke 12.35-38: Jesus said to his disciples "Be like people waiting for their master to return, ready to open the door as soon as he comes and knocks. Be ready, for I will come at an hour you do not expect. "When someone is given a great deal, of that person more will be expected". 
Jesus, you have given me so much. Please help me use my gifts and my situation to do more  to help other people

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 Reflection on the above readings: 

On this very first World Day of the Poor, we "who have been given a great deal" (today's Gospel) must ask ourselves: are we helping as many people as God intends us to help?


Video commentary on today's readings - in Italian with English, Chinese and Spanish subtitles

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Pope's letter on climate change:  Laudato Si  我主應受讚美
Full English text       Full Chinese text

235: Listen  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".

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".

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

212: Listen  Doubly poor are those women who endure situations of exclusion, mistreatment and violence, since they are frequently less able to defend their rights.

Even so, we constantly witness among them impressive examples of daily heroism in defending and protecting their vulnerable families.

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10 years ago today:

Zhaoqing Xijiang Newspaper report on fatal traffic accident near railway station (+ JW's report)

Overnight visit to Deqing

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Hour of Love HK radio program 8.30 pm HK time tonight - with items about HK prison inmates

 

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  Even one year olds when someone says "give me 5" ....which is what Someone is asking us to give... in ...today's Gospel!

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

Sun: Africa
Mon: Europe, Russia 
Tues: South Asia  
Wed: East Asia
Thurs: S.E. Asia, Pacific 
Fri: South America
Sat: Cent., N 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 Shanxi

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 Sudan

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

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Sat Nov 18

Yesterday I spent 8 hours at Lai Chi Kok men's prison....and came away with a list of jobs to do that will take many hours. Such is work in the field....it leads to much office work. As usual I knew in advance who I might meet ....they had been featured in the media when arrested recently. As well as many new friends I also met a number of old friends ....see , below!

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings RRP/Recordings/OT-1Macs-Malachi/Proverbs01.MP3
Comments welcome here     
Readings are from Simple Bible

Proverbs 1: If you listen to these sayings, you will acquire wisdom. These sayings will help you develop virtue, justice and fairness. Be careful of bad people who try to mislead you. A net is spread in vain if the bird is watching. Wisdom calls aloud in the streets. She delivers her message at the city gates: "How much longer will you prefer ignorance to knowledge? The complacency of fools works their own ruin. But whoever listens to me will live in safety. Whoever listens to me will choose good and avoid evil."
Dear God, please give us more wisdom

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 31: Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in distress. My eyes are full of tears, my heart full of sorrow. Everyone makes fun of me. My friends don't want to know me. Save me, Lord, from this mess. I praise you Lord, for you protect those who trust you. You keep them safe from slander and lies. Be strong, let your heart take courage, all you who  trust in the Lord. 
I trust in you, Lord. My life is in your hands

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1 John 3.1-3: Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us by letting us be called God's children. And God's love has even more in store for us in the future: we shall be like him because we shall see him as he really is. This is why we must try to live good lives. We must try to be as good as Christ
Jesus, please help me be more like you

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Mark 6.7-13: Jesus went on a teaching tour of  the nearby villages. He sent out  his 12 special friends in 6 pairs, with authority over evil spirits. He told them to take only bare essentials for the journey. He said "If any place does not welcome you, as you leave that place shake the dust from your feet as a sign to them". The 12 apostles preached repentance. They cast out many devils. They anointed sick people with oil and healed them.
Jesus, may every place welcome you and your messengers
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Reflection on the above readings:

With the dumbing down of society, the words from Proverbs, above, are a timely warning: "The complacency of fools works their own ruin"

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Pope's letter on climate change:  Laudato Si  
我主應受讚美
Full English text       Full Chinese text

234: Listen 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, in each of these sublime realities is God".

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".

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".

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

211: Listen  I have always been distressed at the lot of those who are victims of various kinds of human trafficking. How I wish that all of us would hear God's cry: "Where is your brother?" (Gen 4:9).

Where is your brother or sister who is enslaved? Where is the brother and sister whom you are killing each day in clandestine warehouses, in rings of prostitution, in children used for begging, in exploiting undocumented labour? 

Let us not look the other way. There is greater complicity than we think. The issue involves everyone! This infamous network of crime is now well established in our cities, and many people have blood on their hands as a result of their comfortable and silent complicity.

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 Yesterday at Lai Chi Kok men's prison, I saw my barber of the past several years, a very nice guy from the Sub-Continent! Arrested for working illegally....he's an asylum seeker, and in HK it's illegal for asylum seekers to work. Disclosure: when he cut my hair, I didn't know he was an asylum seeker....he was working in an ordinary barber shop. He's asked me to write a support letter for him when he goes to court, but considering he's being charged for working illegally, I can't very well say he's been a great barber for the past 3 years!?!

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

Sun: Africa          
Mon:
Europe, Russia           
Tues:
South Asia  
Wed: East Asia                         
Thurs:
S.E. Asia, Pacific 
Frid: South America                   
Sat: Cent. & N 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 18th 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 18th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of Ivory Coast

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

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Fri Nov 17

 

Dr David van Gend:  No public vote, no Parliament, no court has the authority to repeal nature and change the meaning of marriage

 

Fr Harry Winter O.M.I. OMI's and 50th Anniversary of Charismatic Renewal
The Renewal greatly improved the awareness of the urgent needs of prisoners 

 

Recommended by a reader:
Professor No. 129

 

Pope - 233, below: There is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings 
Comments welcome here    
  Readings are from Simple Bible

Job 40-42: Job said to God " My words have been frivolous. I will not say anything else." God then reminded Job how God was creator of everything, including amazing animals like the hippo and crocodile. Job then said to God "I know you are all-powerful. I have been speaking about things I don't fully understand. I retract all I have said and in dust and ashes I repent." God then praised Job for his fidelity. God restored Job to good health. God restored Job's possessions, more than he had before: 10 more children and thousands of animals. Job lived to be 140 years old and died full of peace.
Dear God, you never really answered Job's questions about the mystery of evil and suffering ....but I know your Son Jesus gave us the answers
My recording of this reading

 

Psalms 29-30: The Lord gives us strength, the Lord blesses us with peace. Thank you, Lord, for so often helping and healing me. I cried to you when sickness surrounded me, and you healed me. You  changed my mourning into dancing. So I will thank you always.
Thank you, Lord, for all the times you have healed me

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1 John 2.9-16: Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the dark. Do not love the ungodly values of this world generated by the sensual body, the lustful eye and a pride in possessions. Such things do not come from God.
Jesus, please help me avoid worldly values

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Mark 6.1-6: Jesus and his disciples went to his home town of Nazareth. On the Sabbath he went to the prayer hall and began teaching. People in the prayer hall were astonished at his teaching. "Who does he think he is?" they asked. "He is just a carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, Joset, Jude and Simon. His sisters also are here." And they would not accept him. So Jesus said to them "A prophet is despised only in his own country". Because of their lack of faith, Jesus cured only a few sick people there. He was amazed at the lack of faith in Nazareth.
Jesus, please help me be happy about your gifts to others
 
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Reflection on the above Bible readings:

Jesus was not just the step-son of a human carpenter. He was the Son of the Divine Artisan who made the universe

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Pope's letter on climate change:  Laudato Si  我主應受讚美
Full English text       Full Chinese text

 233: Listen  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.

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"

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

210: Listen  It is essential to draw near to new forms of poverty and vulnerability, in which we are called to recognize the suffering Christ, even if this appears to bring us no tangible and immediate benefits.

I think of the homeless, the addicted, refugees, indigenous peoples, the elderly who are increasingly isolated and abandoned, and many others.

Migrants present a particular challenge for me, since I am the pastor of a Church without frontiers, a Church which considers herself mother to all.

For this reason, I exhort all countries to a generous openness which, rather than fearing the loss of local identity, will prove capable of creating new forms of cultural synthesis.

How beautiful are those cities which overcome paralysing mistrust, integrate those who are different and make this very integration a new factor of development! 

How attractive are those cities which, even in their architectural design, are full of spaces which connect, relate and favour the recognition of others!

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 Today I'm hoping to spend most of the day at Lai Chi Kok men's prison.....which will be like a holiday for me after so much time recently at the computer and at meetings

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

Sun: Africa
Mon: Europe, Russia        
Tues:
South Asia  
Wed: East Asia            
Thurs:
S.E. Asia, Pacific 
Frid: S. America     
Sat:
Cent, N. 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 17th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Shaanxi

And praying for one of
the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
 
On this 17th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of Malawi

And praying for one Islam-related intention each day of the week:
Jesus, today, Friday, please bless all Muslims

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Thu Nov 16

In the Australian postal vote on same-sex marriage, 7.8 million people voted for change, 4.9 million voted against. I wonder how many of the 7.8 million are aware that such change in other countries has led to things like this: British Catholic schools remove "mother" & "father" from admission forms?


On a personal note, aware of what has happened in other countries, I was deeply saddened by the result of the postal vote ...close to tears at one stage .....c.f. Jesus weeping over Jerusalem.....resolving to do all I can to help protect HK from such madness.

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings 
Comments welcome here    
  Readings are from Simple Bible

Job 32-39: Job's three friends had no more to say. But a young  man named Elihu, decided to join the conversation. He said to Job "How can you claim to be innocent and yet say that God is persecuting you without cause?" As Elihu continued his speech, suddenly  the voice of God himself was heard. God asked Job "Have you ever given orders to the morning for day to begin? Have you ever arranged the stars in the sky? Was it you who gave all the animals their various powers? Who do you think you are?" 
Dear God, when we are confronted by the mystery of suffering and evil, please help us realize that these things do not come from you
My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 28: To you, O Lord, I call, my rock, hear me. If you do not heed, I shall become like people in the grave. Lord, you are my strength and my shield. In you my heart trusts. Thank you, Lord, for so often hearing my prayer. I will always thank and praise you. You are the strength of your people Israel. Save your people. Be our shepherd and carry us for ever. 
Lord, please help people who are in big danger today


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1 John 2.3-6: We can be sure we know God only by keeping his commandments. Anyone who says "I know him" and does not keep his commandments, is a liar, refusing to admit the truth. We can be sure we are in God only if we are living the same kind of life as Christ lived.
Jesus, please help me live like you, live for you
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Mark 5: A prayer hall official, Jairus, fell at Jesus' feet and pleaded "My little daughter is dying. Please come and lay your hands on her and save her life". While Jesus was on the way to Jairus' home,  people arrived and told Jairus "Your daughter is dead. No need to trouble the Master any further". Jesus heard this and said to Jairus "Do not be afraid. Just have faith". Jesus allowed only Peter, James and John to go with him. At Jairus' home, everyone was weeping and wailing. Jesus said to them "Why all this crying? The child is not dead, but asleep".  Everyone laughed at him. So he got them all to leave. Then taking the girl's parents and his 3 companions, he went to the place where the child was lying. Taking the girl by the hand he said to her "Little girl, I tell you to get up". The little girl got up at once.  She was 12 years old. 
Jesus, please give us more faith to pray for the sick ....even for children who have died!

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Reflection on the above Bible readings:

The Gospels record three occasions when Jesus brought dead people back to life: the little girl in today's Gospel, the son of the widow in Nain, Lazarus. Maybe there were others...

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Pope's letter on climate change:  Laudato Si  
我主應受讚美
Full English text       Full Chinese text

232: Listen 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.

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

209: Listen  Jesus, the evangelizer par excellence and the Gospel in person, identifies especially with the (disadvantaged)

This reminds us Christians that we are called to care for the vulnerable of the earth

But the current model, with its emphasis on success and self-reliance, does not appear to favour an investment in efforts to help the slow, the weak or the less talented to find opportunities in life

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10 years ago today:

Happy Birthday Marco Polo teacher Leanne

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 To go with Australian same-sex marriage postal vote. A topic for the next postal vote: Should men be given the right to breast feed?

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

Sun: Africa
Mon: Europe, Russia        
Tues:
South Asia  
Wed: East Asia            
Thurs:
S.E. Asia, Pacific 
Frid: South America     
Sat: Cent, N America    
Jesus, today, Thursday, please bless the people of South East Asia

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:
On this 16th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Qinghai

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 16th of the month,  Jesus please bless the people of Afghanistan

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

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Wed Nov 15

Yesterday morning I had a disappointing time at the High Court when an inmate from Africa who had given much info to authorities and much help to my anti-drug campaign was given only a token discount for his efforts. Last night I was back at Admiralty MTR station ...for a meeting at the office of prominent Legco member James To who is totally supportive of my campaign.

 

Q: Who said this? "I made a pact with my eyes not to linger on any other woman but my wife"
A: see
Job, below

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  Chris McDonnell 

So what shall we call you?
Each of us gets a name at birth, essential if parents aren't going to call us 'baby' for the rest of our years

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings 
Comments welcome here     
Readings are from Simple Bible

 

Job 25-31:  Bildad then reminded Job that God's power is beyond human understanding.  No one should question God's actions. Job replied: "I swear by God who denies me justice that as long as I have breath, I will live a life of innocence. I remember how I have always lived as a friend of God: how I helped the poor, the orphan, the dying, the widow, the blind, the lame. I remember how I made a pact with my eyes not to linger on any other woman but my wife. I remember how I have never put my trust in riches or fame. I have always trusted only in the Lord. Yet now people laugh at me and make fun of me. They avoid me and even spit on me. When will God answer me?"
Dear God, please help me to imitate Job's way of life

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 27: The Lord is my light and my help, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, before whom shall I shrink? Though an army encamp against me, even then would I trust. There is one thing I ask of the Lord, for this I long: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. It is your face, O Lord, that I seek. Hide not your face. I am sure I will see your goodness in the land of the living. Hope in the Lord, hold firm and take heart. Hope in the Lord!
Lord, you are my light and my help. I will always praise you. 

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1 John 1.5-9: God is light. There is no darkness in him. If we say we are in union with God while we are living in darkness, we are lying, because we are not living the truth. If we say we have no sin in us, we are deceiving ourselves and refusing to admit the truth. But if we acknowledge our sins, God will forgive us and purify us from everything that is wrong. 
Jesus, forgive my sins. Please help me avoid sin

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Mark 5.25-34: A large crowd gathered around Jesus near the side of the Sea of Galilee. In the crowd was a woman who had suffered from bleeding  for 12 years. She had spent all her money on doctors, but they  had been unable to help her. She had heard about Jesus. She came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. "If I can touch even his clothes, I will be healed" she said to herself. As soon as she touched Jesus' cloak, the source of the bleeding dried up at once. Aware that power had gone out from him, Jesus turned round and said "Who touched me?" The woman fell at his feet and told her story. Jesus said "My daughter, your faith has restored you to health. Go in peace and be free from your illness". 
Jesus, please help sick people touch you by prayer

 
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 Reflection on the above readings: 

Some people say Job was not a real person ...that the story is made up. Maybe some of it is extra, but there seems to be a real character as the foundation of the story ....and what a good person he was. He lived a life based on love of God and love of neighbour....summing up the very best of Jewish spirituality

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Pope's letter on climate change:  Laudato Si  我主應受讚美
Full English text       Full Chinese text

231: Listen  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".

That is why the Church set before the world the ideal of a "civilization of love".

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".

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.

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Pope Francis: The Joy of the Gospel   
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208: Listen  If anyone feels offended by my words, I would respond that I speak them with affection and with the best of intentions, quite apart from any personal interest or political ideology.

My words are not those of a foe or an opponent.

I am interested only in helping those who are in thrall to an individualistic, indifferent and self-centred mentality to be freed from those unworthy chains and to attain a way of living and thinking which is more humane, noble and fruitful, and which will bring dignity to their presence on this earth

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 On yesterday's menu I highly praised the Masala tea I had on Monday afternoon. Two cups of it. But Monday night I realised that two cups in the afternoon is not a good idea for a good night's sleep! Bit like coffee in the afternoon....

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

Sun: Africa
Mon: Europe, Russia         
Tues: South Asia  
Wed: East Asia      
Thurs:
S.E.Asia, Pacific 
Frid: South America    
Sat:
Cent, N 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 15th
of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Liaoning

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 15th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of Zimbabwe

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

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Tues Nov 14

Yesterday afternoon I took part in two most interesting meetings which had the aim of stopping Big Fish (Drug Lords) from putting Little Fish (drug mules) in prison. My position is to support any group that is trying to reduce the number of people going to prison and the amount of drugs afflicting society

 

Human rights off table as Trump visits China.
Despite past rhetoric, president fell into line with Communist Party rules

 

Pope - 207, below: the danger of unproductive meetings and empty talk

 

, below: 8 reasons to drink Masala tea!

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings 
Comments welcome here     
Readings are from Simple Bible

Job 22-24: Eliphaz then said that God was punishing Job because justice demanded that Job be punished for his sins. Job replied: "I know that God sees everyone and everything. God sees every step I take. But I cannot contact him. He has filled my life with sadness and fear and yet he doesn't answer my prayer."
Dear God, in times of darkness, with Jesus we pray "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?"

My recording of this reading

 

Psalms 24-26: The Lord's is the earth and all its peoples. It is the Lord who is Creator of the universe. May all hearts open their doors to the Lord. Let him enter, the king of glory. Lord I hope in you all the day long. Forgive my sins and help me walk in your truth.
God my savior, teach me your way of truth

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1 John 1.1-2: Something which has existed since the beginning, that we heard, that we saw with our own eyes, that we touched with our hands: the Word, who is life - this is our subject. That life was made visible. We saw it, and we are giving our testimony, telling you of the eternal life which was with the Father and has been made visible to us.
Jesus, Word-made-flesh, you are the Way, the Truth and the Life
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Mark 4.35-41: Jesus and his disciples got into a boat to cross the lake. Jesus was so tired that he went to sleep in the boat. A sudden storm caused big waves to lash the boat. Jesus' friends woke him up and said "Save us, Lord, we are sinking". Jesus stood up, and ordered the wind and sea to be calm. Straight away the wind and sea were calm. Jesus' friends said to each other "Who is this? Even the wind and sea obey him." 
Jesus, please calm the storms in my life, my family, our world
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Reflection on the above readings:

So many "storms" in today's world ....so with the apostles let us often call out to Jesus "Lord, save us, we are sinking". Or as the old song says (with lyrics) Put your hand in the hand of the Man who stilled the waters

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Pope's letter on climate change:  Laudato Si  我主應受讚美
Full English text       Full Chinese text

230: Listen 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.

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

207: Listen  Any Church community, if it thinks it can comfortably go its own way without creative concern and effective cooperation in helping the poor to live with dignity, and reaching out to everyone, will also risk breaking down, however much it may talk about social issues or criticize governments. 

It will easily drift into a spiritual worldliness camouflaged by religious practices, unproductive meetings and empty talk

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

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10 years ago today:
Volunteers from Zhaoqing Guandong Jin Rong College - with children at Marco Polo Center

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 One of the meetings I attended yesterday afternoon was at an Indian canteen in Chung King Mansion where Masala tea was enjoyed by all. In fact I had two cups. My first time at that canteen. See: 8 reasons that will make you grab that cup of masala chai right now!

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

Sun: Africa
Mon: Europe, Russia
Tues: South Asia  
Wed: East Asia
Thurs: S.E. Asia, Pacific 
Frid: South America
Sat: Cent, N 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 14th
of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Jilin

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 14th of the month,  Jesus please bless the people of Ethiopia

And praying for one Islam-related intention each day of the week:
Jesus, today, Tuesday, please pacify Boko Haram

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Mon Nov 13

Foster parents needed for 200 HK children

 

The Chinese govt's hijacking of religions is nearly complete   

Is religion still religion if under Communist Party's total control?

 

HK women who have had out of the body experiences

 

Police bust drugs factory in upmarket flat

 

Women on the inside - How trafficking victims and new mothers cope in HK prisons

 

Please God my next anti-drug campaign trip will be after Christmas, to South America. I've been able to find a really cheap ticket for HK-Los Angeles:
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New Zealand Bishops Committed to Exploring Alternative Missal Translation

 

 Pope - 229, below: We have had enough of immorality and the mockery of ethics, goodness, faith and honesty 

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings 
Comments welcome here     
Readings are from Simple Bible

Job 20-21: Zophar then said it was unreasonable for Job to think that his situation was an exception as regards God's justice. Job replied: "I can't help asking why do wicked people prosper while good people suffer?"
Dear God, please help us to understand the mystery of good and evil

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want. Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose. Near restful waters he leads me, to revive my drooping spirit. He guides me along the right path. He is true to his name. If I should walk in the valley of darkness no evil would I fear. You are there with your crook and your staff; with these you give me comfort. You have prepared a banquet for me in the sight of my foes. My head you have anointed with oil. My cup is overflowing. Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days of my life. In the Lord's own house shall I dwell for ever and ever. 
Thank you, Lord, for being my good shepherd

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2 Peter 1.20 - 3.18: We must be careful to understand Scripture according to God's mind. We are not free to make up our own interpretations as we like. In the past there were false prophets. So there will always be false prophets and teachers who twist the truth to suit their own tastes and corrupt behavior. They will have much to answer for when the Day of the Lord comes. Our brother Paul has written to you about this issue. Sometimes his writing is not easy to understand, and is distorted by false teachers. Avoid false teaching. Stand firm in the truth. Go on growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. To him be glory, in time and in eternity. Amen.
Jesus,  protect me from people who distort the Bible message

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Mark 4.1-20: One day Jesus told the people this story: A farmer was planting seeds in his field. Some seeds fell on the path. Birds ate them. Some seeds fell on rocky ground. They became sickly plants, without roots, and died. Some seeds fell among thorns. When they became plants, they were choked by the thorns. Some seeds fell on good soil and produced a rich harvest. Jesus explained the story: People who hear God's word without good will are like the seeds on the path. They are easy prey for Satan. People who hear God's word only superficially are like the seeds on rocky ground. As soon as difficulties come, such people easily give up. People who hear God's word with one ear but with the other are listening to the call of greed and pleasure are like the seeds among thorns. Greed kills the word. People who hear God's word with good will and put it into practice are like the good seeds which produced a rich harvest. 
Jesus, please help me be good seed!
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Reflection on the above readings:

"The call of greed and pleasure" (Gospel) causes many people to become deaf to Jesus' message.

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Pope's letter on climate change:  Laudato Si  
我主應受讚美
Full English text       Full Chinese text

229: Listen  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.

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

206: Listen  Economy, as the very word indicates, should be the art of achieving a fitting management of our common home, which is the world as a whole. 

Each meaningful economic decision made in one part of the world has repercussions everywhere else; consequently, no government can act without regard for shared responsibility. 

Indeed, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find local solutions for enormous global problems which overwhelm local politics with difficulties to resolve. 

If we really want to achieve a healthy world economy, what is needed at this juncture of history is a more efficient way of interacting which, with due regard for the sovereignty of each nation, ensures the economic well-being of all countries, not just of a few.

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10 years ago today:

Four HK China8 supporters - Jennie, Michael, Ling & Peter - visit to Simone and A-Lin

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  Not far from my home there's a shop which has a pet turtle... a big guy ....very tame ....you can even pat his head ...he sometimes can be seen going oh so slowly along the footpath ...one of God's slowest creatures. His name: GOOGLE!

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

Sun: Africa 
Mon: Europe, Russia
Tues: South Asia  
Wed: East Asia 
Thurs: S.E. Asia, Pacific 
Frid: South America
Sat: Cent, N. 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 13th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Jiangxi

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month: 
On this 13th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of Mali

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

Jesus, today,
Monday, please pacify I.S.

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 Please also join me in praying for the very many deformed and handicapped people from China who are on the streets of HK as beggars...as well as deformed people in China itself ...like Hung Chun Cai


    My Africa trips: 
2015: Tanzania, Malawi

2016: Kenya, Uganda

2017: Southern Africa, Dubai ( The Last Run)

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Australian Chinese for Families Association

Gay marriage: an elephant in the room (by John W)

Video: What "gay marriage" did to Massachusetts 
同志婚姻自2004年立法後,美國麻省的改變 ( 廣東話附字幕版)

  Frightening YouTube reports: LGBT radical impact on educational institutions (No. 5); LGBT infiltrating churches (No. 6); US corporations massively supporting LGBT agenda (No. 7). What has happened in the US is now starting to happen in other places. Some day our children will ask "why didn't you do more to stop this evil?"

 

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Pope's surprise visit to drug treatment centre

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

 

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


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