English students:  
seven new recordings with text each day
     See below:
The Book Blog, Laudato Si, The Joy of the Gospel, JL
Use to/from school/work! 

V2Catholic.com   A voice for the poor 
Edited by Hong Kong prison chaplain Fr John Wotherspoon O.M.I. 
胡 頌 恆 神 父    jdwomi@gmail.com    
To search for items on this site: use Google and put "v2catholic" before item required

DV  A new menu 7 days a week to help people keep up to date with what is happening in the world and in the Church, with a special hope that English students and sick friends will find The Book passages a source of extra help and encouragement

DG - Since 2013, this website has saved many dozens of Africans from going to prison in HK.  See "Drugs", below.

V2Catholic on Facebook
  God bless kind FB editor in Melbourne 

Archive of articles + other items: bottom of this page

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Imitating Pope Francis


Urgently needed - someone to translate an inmate's hand-written letter from Latvian to English
and someone to translate an inmate's hand-written letter from
Russian to English - jdwomi@gmail.com 

Sunday July 24   

     

Christine Aquino update: despite assurances from the Philippine Consulate in HK that Christine would enter hospital in Manila, when she was taken to a hospital from Manila airport last Monday, there was no bed for her .... so she was taken to her parents' home ... which might turn out to be a blessing as she is receiving intensive kindness from her dear family. 

If you'd like to call her, best time is 5pm to 8pm HK time - on her mother's number (not the number I previously posted): +639294414205. 

When I phoned her last night, her voice was strong - DG! - although she's still in a lot of pain. 

Dear Jesus, please, for a 40th Birthday present on July 29, please give Christine good health! 

Her family home is in Pasay City, Manila. Anyone know someone in Pasay City who could please visit her? jdwomi@gmail.com         

Background: 01  02

      

Letter from a Kenyan woman who was arranged/tricked/forced to take drugs from Dubai to HK - on new dedicated website:

 
www.kenyablog.org


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

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

c.f. Readings for "Sunday 17"

Genesis 18

One day at Mamre, God and two angels appeared to Abraham.
At first, God and the angels looked like men.

Following the ancient custom of hospitality Abraham prepared a feast for them.

God told Abraham that the town of Sodom was going to be destroyed because of the evil done there.

Abraham pleaded with God not to destroy Sodom. God agreed to postpone Sodom's destruction for a while.

Dear God, please help people avoid sodomy
My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 138

I thank you, Lord, with all my heart. You have heard the words of my mouth.

With the angels I will bless you.
I will adore you in your holy temple.

I thank you for your faithfulness and love which are far above what we can understand.

On the day I called you answered.
You increased the strength of my soul.

All earth's kings shall thank you
when they hear the words of your mouth.

They shall sing of the Lord's ways: "How great is the glory of the Lord!"

Though I walk in the midst of affliction you give me life and frustrate my foes.

Your love, O Lord, is eternal.
Do not abandon us whom you have made. 

Lord, when we remember how much you love us and help us, 
every day of the year is a Thanksgiving Day
Recording 

 


Colossians 2.9-18

In Christ's body lives the fullness of divinity. In him, you too find fulfillment

In baptism, you were buried with him and then raised to new life.
Our real life is life with and in Christ

Be careful of people who are always going on about some vision they have had, giving such visions more importance than Christ himself

Jesus, may my focus always be on you

Recording  

Daniel Daring:  

Lord, teach us how to pray

Pope John Paul’s words to the Muslim youth of Morocco: “We cannot live without praying, any more than we can live without breathing”       Chinese text


 

Luke 11.9-13

Jesus said to his disciples "Ask, and it will be given to you. 
Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will open

If children ask their parents for something good, their parents will always give it to them

Even more so  will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him

Heavenly Father, please give me your Holy Spirit!

Recording  

 


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

107: Recording

Today we recognize that being able to forgive others implies the liberating experience of understanding and forgiving ourselves

Often our mistakes, or criticism we have received from loved ones, can lead to a loss of self-esteem. 

We become distant from others, avoiding affection and fearful in our interpersonal relationships. Blaming others becomes falsely reassuring.

We need to learn to pray over our past history, to accept ourselves, to learn how to live with our limitations, and even to forgive ourselves, in order to have this same attitude towards others.


 

 


 

Full English text

Full Chinese text

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

106b: Recording

Men and women have constantly intervened in nature, but for a long time this meant being in tune with and respecting the possibilities offered by the things themselves.

It was a matter of receiving what nature itself allowed, as if from its own hand.

Now, by contrast, we are the ones to lay our hands on things, attempting to extract everything possible from them while frequently ignoring or forgetting the reality in front of us.

 


This YouTube is good!

New Evidences the Gospels were Based on Eyewitness Accounts

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

81: Recording

At a time when we most need a missionary dynamism which will bring salt and light to the world, many lay people fear that they may be asked to undertake some apostolic work and they seek to avoid any responsibility that may take away from their free time.

 For example, it has become very difficult today to find trained parish catechists willing to persevere in this work for some years. Something similar is also happening with priests who are obsessed with protecting their free time

This is frequently due to the fact that people feel an overbearing need to guard their personal freedom, as though the task of evangelization was a dangerous poison rather than a joyful response to God’s love which summons us to mission and makes us fulfilled and productive. 

Some resist giving themselves over completely to mission and thus end up in a state of paralysis and acedia  

 


All the rage in HK these day - women using coconut perfume. Quite overpowering when one such madam joins other passengers in a lift! Like being in a cake shop!?


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

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

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)


 

Tomorrow, Sunday July 24, monthly prayer meeting to pray for healing, 3pm St Paul's Catholic Primary School, YMT.  All welcome. Previous photos

  Saturday July 23    


Islam File
    The New Translation

"Same-sex marriage" file

Judge Rules Christian Dating Website Must Now Include Homosexuals

ChristianMingle.com an online dating service for Christian singles, has been ordered to include people who want to seek out same-sex relationships through their website.  Two homosexual men filed lawsuits claiming the site violated California’s anti-discrimination law.  Read more here 

HK Catholic group calls for law on standard work hours

To see the need for such a law, see my article from last year:

Many HK workers are slaves!

Chris McDonnell (UK blogger)

UK Catholic Times "Talking point" feature July 22, 2016

Courageous outlook needed to tackle the clergy shortage crisis

 


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

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

Sirach 40-41

Wine and music cheer the heart,
but better than wine and music is the love of wisdom.

Do not speak sharply to people. Do not ignore people who greet you.

Do not gaze at another man's wife.
Do not carry on with a single girl.

Lord, please help me control my speech and my eyes

My recording of this reading

Psalm 127

If the Lord does not build the house, in vain do its builders labor.

If the Lord does not watch over the city, in vain does the watchman keep vigil.

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

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

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

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

Recording  

 

Hebrews 3.1-13

Focus on Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our religion. He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just like Moses

Take care not to turn away from the living God.

Keep encouraging one another, so that sin does not cause you to turn away from God

Jesus, help me stay focused on you

Recording   

Today's Gospel:

 

 

Matthew 9.27-31

As Jesus walked along, two men who had become blind followed after him calling out  "Son of David, please help us".

Jesus asked them "Do you believe I can help you?" They said "Yes we do".

Then Jesus touched their eyes and said "Your request made in faith is granted".

Immediately they were able to see again. 

They told everyone they met  what Jesus had done for them.

Jesus, heal my friend (..name..) who is blind

Recording  


China to shut churches in G20 host city on safety grounds

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

106: Recording

When we have been offended or let down, forgiveness is possible and desirable, but no one can say that it is easy. 

The truth is that “family communion can only be preserved and perfected through a great spirit of sacrifice. 

It requires, in fact, a ready and generous openness of each and all to understanding, to forbearance, to pardon, to reconciliation. 

There is no family that does not know how selfishness, discord, tension and conflict violently attack and at times mortally wound its own communion: hence there arise the many and varied forms of division in family life”.113


Pope sends envoy to South Sudan in pursuit of peace-building

Full English text

Full Chinese text

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

105a: Recording 

There is a tendency to believe that every increase in power means “an increase of ‘progress’ itself”, an advance in “security, usefulness, welfare and vigour; …an assimilation of new values into the stream of culture”,[83] as if reality, goodness and truth automatically flow from technological and economic power as such. 

The fact is that “contemporary man has not been trained to use power well”,[84] because our immense technological development has not been accompanied by a development in human responsibility, values and conscience. 

Each age tends to have only a meagre awareness of its own limitations. It is possible that we do not grasp the gravity of the challenges now before us.



The End of the ‘Reform of the Reform’: The Brief History of a Self-Referential Delusion


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

80: Recording

Pastoral workers can thus fall into a relativism which, whatever their particular style of spirituality or way of thinking, proves even more dangerous than doctrinal relativism.

 It has to do with the deepest and inmost decisions that shape their way of life. This practical relativism consists in acting as if God did not exist, making decisions as if the poor did not exist, setting goals as if others did not exist, working as if people who have not received the Gospel did not exist.

 It is striking that even some who clearly have solid doctrinal and spiritual convictions frequently fall into a lifestyle which leads to an attachment to financial security, or to a desire for power or human glory at all cost, rather than giving their lives to others in mission. Let us not allow ourselves to be robbed of missionary enthusiasm!

 


From a reader in HK

Teacher taught a lesson about the Flight into Egypt. She then got the children to each draw a picture to summarize what they had learned.

One girl drew a picture of three people with a dot beside them.

Teacher: Who are the three people?

Girl:  They're Mary, Joseph and the child.

Teacher:  Very good. And what's the dot about?

Girl:  That's a flea.

Teacher: And why do you put a flea beside the Holy Family like that?

Girl:  The angel said to Joseph, 'Take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt.'


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

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

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


I spent a large part of yesterday morning at the High Court, where a sizeable part of the proceedings was spent discussing whether the defendant - a woman from South Africa - should be given a little reduction because she helped my campaign to warn Africans about the danger of bringing drugs to HK.

Some judges give a reduction, others - including the one yesterday - don't, sadly. This discrepancy in sentencing will receive media attention in the near future.

And yesterday something happened that even the seasoned defence barrister had never experienced: the prosecution barrister stood up and supported the case for reduction, quoting a recent case where a Nigerian man was given a reduction for helping the campaign. But one judge beats two barristers ... sadly.

 

Do not recognize your illness. Each time you speak of it to others, you stabilize it.

- God at Eventide, July 20

 


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

c.f. readings for Feast! of Mary Magdalene

Song of Songs 3.1-4

The bride says:

On my bed, at night, I sought him whom my heart loves. I sought but did not find him.

So I will rise and go through the City; in the streets and in the squares, I will seek him whom my heart loves.

I sought, but did not find him. The watchmen came upon me on their rounds in the City: ‘Have you seen him whom my heart loves?’

Scarcely had I passed them, when I found him whom my heart loves.

Jesus, please increase my love for you, my longing for you

 

Psalm 63

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

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

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

Lord, our hearts are restless, until they rest in you

Recording

 

Mary Magdalene:

  

 

 

2 Corinthians 5.14-19

The love of Christ is like a tsunami. It overwhelms us and sweeps us away when we remember how Jesus died for everyone

God, through Christ, has repaired his friendship with humanity. We must spread the news of this reconciliation

"And when I think, that God his Son not sparing, sent him to die, I scarce can take it in"
- from the song "How Great Thou Art"

Recording

 Mary Magdalene:
 friend, icon, model

 

Mary Magdalene  
(Wikipedia)

 

 

 

John 20.11-18

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

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

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

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

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

Recording

   

 


Vatican defends "The Joy of Love" against conservatives


 

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

105: Recording

Once we allow ill will to take root in our hearts, it leads to deep resentment.

 The phrase ou logízetai to kakón means that love “takes no account of evil”; “it is not resentful”. 

The opposite of resentment is forgiveness, which is rooted in a positive attitude that seeks to understand other people’s weaknesses and to excuse them.

 As Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Lk 23:34).

 Yet we keep looking for more and more faults, imagining greater evils, presuming all kinds of bad intentions, and so resentment grows and deepens. 

Thus, every mistake or lapse on the part of a spouse can harm the bond of love and the stability of the family. 

Something is wrong when we see every problem as equally serious; in this way, we risk being unduly harsh with the failings of others. The just desire to see our rights respected turns into a thirst for vengeance rather than a reasoned defence of our dignity.


Recommended 
by a reader in Australia

YouTube:
Humility the key for Templeton Prize winner


 

Full English text

Full Chinese text

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

104: Recording

Yet it must also be recognized that nuclear energy, biotechnology, information technology, knowledge of our DNA, and many other abilities which we have acquired, have given us tremendous power. More precisely, they have given those with the knowledge, and especially the economic resources to use them, an impressive dominance over the whole of humanity and the entire world. 

Never has humanity had such power over itself, yet nothing ensures that it will be used wisely, particularly when we consider how it is currently being used. We need but think of the nuclear bombs dropped in the middle of the twentieth century, or the array of technology which Nazism, Communism and other totalitarian regimes have employed to kill millions of people, to say nothing of the increasingly deadly arsenal of weapons available for modern warfare. In whose hands does all this power lie, or will it eventually end up? It is extremely risky for a small part of humanity to have it.

 


July  - Month of 
the Precious Blood of Jesus

An amazing story: 
The singing of a London tramp
made into a moving recording:

Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet  
(YouTube: need to turn volume up ...and wait for sound to begin at about 28 seconds...then music at 4 mins)

Jesus' blood never failed me yet
Never failed me yet
Jesus' blood never failed me yet
There's one thing I know
For he loves me so       (1)

Jesus' blood never failed me yet
Never failed me yet
Never failed me yet
One thing I know
For he loves me so     (2)

Jesus' blood never failed me yet
Never failed me yet
Never failed me yet
There's one thing I know
Loves me so      (3)

Jesus' blood never failed me yet
Never failed me yet
Never failed me yet
One thing I know


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

79: Recording

At times our media culture and some intellectual circles convey a marked scepticism with regard to the Church’s message, along with a certain cynicism. As a consequence, many pastoral workers, although they pray, develop a sort of inferiority complex which leads them to relativize or conceal their Christian identity and convictions.

 This produces a vicious circle. They end up being unhappy with who they are and what they do; they do not identify with their mission of evangelization and this weakens their commitment.

 They end up stifling the joy of mission with a kind of obsession about being like everyone else and possessing what everyone else possesses. Their work of evangelization thus becomes forced, and they devote little energy and very limited time to it.

 


Yesterday's menu (uploaded on Wednesday night) had a joke about a Scotsman's blood not being generous. I had to eat those words at lunchtime yesterday when a very kind Scotsman invited a friend and me for a lunch time meeting concerning prisoners .... and a lovely meal! 


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

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

And praying for one Islam-related intention each day of the week:
Jesus, 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 July 21 

   

Islam File    The New Translation

"Same-sex marriage" file

Though law could reduce prisoners’ plight, first address drug trafficking 

- written about this website's campaign by a young lady I happened to be seated next to on a bus ride from Nairobi to Meru in last Dec 31. Thank you Liz for excellent article!

 

Enter the dragon fruit: liquid cocaine worth HK$15 million found squeezed into 98 fruits arriving at Hong Kong airport from Colombia

     

Letter from a Tanzanian inmate in a HK prison for drug trafficking. She's the first one this year ...compared with one a week before this website's campaign began in 2013. 
Her letter here at new dedicated website
(www.tanzaniablog.org) 

 


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

Sirach 38-39

All healing is a gift of God.
To obtain healing:  pray to the Lord, ask forgiveness for sin,
then follow the doctor's advice.

Mourn for the dead  and honor their graves, but do not let your heart be controlled by grief.

Ordinary working people have little time for study. But the Lord blesses everyone who studies wisdom.

Lord, please heal my friend (..name..) who is sick

My recording of this reading

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

 

Matthew 9.18-26

A prayer hall official came to Jesus and said "My daughter has just died. Please come and lay your hand on her and she will come back to life".

As Jesus and his friends were following the official to his home, a woman who had a hemorrhage for 12 years came up behind Jesus and touched his clothing.

The woman had said to herself "If I can even touch his clothing, I will be healed".

Jesus knew what she was doing and said to her "My daughter, your faith has healed you". Instantly she was healed.

When Jesus arrived at the official's house he saw a crowd of people crying loudly.

Jesus said to them "Get out of the house. The little girl is asleep, not dead".  The crowd laughed at Jesus.

After the crowd had gone outside, Jesus went inside. He took the little girl by the hand, and she stood up.

News of what had happened spread all round the district.

Jesus, please increase my faith in your power to heal the sick and raise the dead

Recording


June was hottest on record

 

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

104: Recording

The Gospel tells us to look at the log in our own eye (cf. Mt 7:5). Christians cannot ignore the persistent admonition of God’s word not to nurture anger: “Do not be overcome by evil” (Rm 12:21). “Let us not grow weary in doing good” (Gal 6:9). 

It is one thing to sense a sudden surge of hostility and another to give into it, letting it take root in our hearts: “Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger” (Eph 4:26).

My advice is never to let the day end without making peace in the family. 

“And how am I going to make peace? By getting down on my knees? No! Just by a small gesture, a little something, and harmony within your family will be restored. Just a little caress, no words are necessary. But do not let the day end without making peace in your family”.112

 Our first reaction when we are annoyed should be one of heartfelt blessing, asking God to bless, free and heal that person. “On the contrary bless, for to this you have been called, that you may obtain a blessing” (1 Pet 3:9). If we must fight evil, so be it; but we must always say “no” to violence in the home.

 


 Beijing’s policies are driving Chinese Muslims to IS

‘Empty promises’ of fashion brands slammed as NGO goes undercover to reveal poor China factory conditions


Full English text

Full Chinese text

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

103: Recording 

Technoscience, when well directed, can produce important means of improving the quality of human life, from useful domestic appliances to great transportation systems, bridges, buildings and public spaces.

It can also produce art and enable men and women immersed in the material world to “leap” into the world of beauty.

Who can deny the beauty of an aircraft or a skyscraper? Valuable works of art and music now make use of new technologies.

So, in the beauty intended by the one who uses new technical instruments and in the contemplation of such beauty, a quantum leap occurs, resulting in a fulfilment which is uniquely human.

 


Brendan Hoban

Some cardinals should see red!
Cardinals obstructing the reforms of Pope Francis should be called to order

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

78: Recording

Today we are seeing in many pastoral workers, including consecrated men and women, an inordinate concern for their personal freedom and relaxation, which leads them to see their work as a mere appendage to their life, as if it were not part of their very identity. 

At the same time, the spiritual life comes to be identified with a few religious exercises which can offer a certain comfort but which do not encourage encounter with others, engagement with the world or a passion for evangelization.

 As a result, one can observe in many agents of evangelization, even though they pray, a heightened individualism, a crisis of identity and a cooling of fervour. These are three evils which fuel one another. 

 



An Arab Sheik was admitted to St Vincents Hospital for heart surgery, but prior to the surgery,the doctors needed to store his blood in case the need arose.

As the gentleman had a rare type of blood, it couldn't be found locally, so, the call went out to all the states. Finally a Scot was located who had a similar blood type. The Scot willingly donated his blood for the Arab.

After the surgery, the Arab sent the Scotsman as appreciation for giving his blood, a new BMW, diamonds & US dollars.

A couple of days later, once again, the Arab had to go through a corrective surgery.

His doctor telephoned the Scotsman who was more than happy to donate his blood again.

After the second surgery, the Arab sent the Scotsman a thank-you card & a jar of candies.

The Scotsman was shocked that the Arab this time did not reciprocate his kind gesture as he had anticipated.

He phoned the Arab & asked him: "I thought you would be generous again, that you would give me a BMW, diamonds & money... But you only gave me a thank-you card & a jar of candies".

To this the Arab replied: "Aye, but I now have Scottish blood in my veins".


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

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

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

Letter from a South American inmate in a HK prison for drug trafficking - describing how she was "set up":

  2016-07-03-inmate-01.jpg (296328 bytes)

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Airmailed cocaine leads to HK$2 million haul and arrest of three Indonesian asylum seekers 
- the latest in a growing group... some of them tricked while using Facebook

Marriage has nothing to do with children, apparently

Tiernan Brady helped run the Irish referendum which redefined marriage there. When I mentioned the connection between marriage and children he became visibly uncomfortable and tried to assert same-sex marriage has nothing to do with children

 

Christine Aquino update:

Christine is now at her parents home in Manila. Last night on the phone she sounded strong, though she said the pain in her stomach area is still severe. 

Her phone number is +63 9079973006. Manila is one hour ahead of HK. 

Thank you Jesus for getting Christine home. Now please keep her looking forward to her 40th birthday on July 29!

Chris McDonnell  
(UK blogger)
 

Fit for purpose

I have known parishes where the parish priest and people have been imaginative in their acceptance of a deacon as part of the community. And it has worked well, to the greater pastoral benefit of all. And others…? we all know the story.


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

Sirach 35-37

Be generous as the Lord has been generous to you. Be cheerful when you make a gift to the Lord.

The humble person's prayer pierces the clouds, so love the Lord with a humble heart.

If a property has no fence, it will be plundered. If a man has no wife, he is like a boat without an anchor.

Be careful when you consult other people. After all consultation, follow the advice of your own heart.

Lord, please give me a cheerful and humble heart

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 

 

 

 

Hebrews 2.14-18

The Son did not become an angel.
He became a man, so that he could die for us

By his death he took away the power of the devil

He himself experienced temptation. He is able to help us when we are tempted

Jesus, please help me when I am tempted to do something wrong

Recording 

 

Matthew 9.14-17

One day John the Baptist's friends asked Jesus "How come we and the religious leaders fast, but your friends don't?"

Jesus replied "Fasting is a good thing, and after I have left this world my friends will  fast.

But remember that multiplying external prayers and fasts
without a change of heart  is useless.

Out of date religious structures need a drastic overhaul, not just external plastic surgery."

Jesus, please help me practise a bit of fasting, especially  each Friday, the day you died

Recording 


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

103: Recording

If the first word of Paul’s hymn spoke of the need for a patience that does not immediately react harshly to the weaknesses and faults of others, the word he uses next – paroxýnetai – has to do more with an interior indignation provoked by something from without. 

It refers to a violent reaction within, a hidden irritation that sets us on edge where others are concerned, as if they were troublesome or threatening and thus to be avoided. 

To nurture such interior hostility helps no one. It only causes hurt and alienation. 

Indignation is only healthy when it makes us react to a grave injustice; when it permeates our attitude towards others it is harmful.

 


A letter to an 11-year-old Aids activist who shamed South Africa's president


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

102b: Recording 

The modification of nature for useful purposes has distinguished the human family from the beginning; technology itself “expresses the inner tension that impels us gradually to overcome material limitations”.[82]

Technology has remedied countless evils which used to harm and limit human beings. How can we not feel gratitude and appreciation for this progress, especially in the fields of medicine, engineering and communications? 

How could we not acknowledge the work of many scientists and engineers who have provided alternatives to make development sustainable?


3 really excellent

articles from

So much sadness and tragedy in the world
Who amongst our world leaders has the capacity and the skill to engage in a long-term healing process for a wounded world, especially in the Middle East, asks Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon.

Lost battles of the Christian churches
How do the Christian churches effectively counter such marketplace-driven ideas as assisted suicide, asks Garry Everett.

Hear the voters: growing inequality matters
Across the western world, people are revolting against political and economic systems which are demonstrably unfair and which polarise rich and poor. Redemptorist Father Bruce Duncan looks at growing inequality in the US and elsewhere, and how neoliberal philosophy influenced the 2016 Federal election in Australia.


Another nail in the coffin of media freedom:
RTHK union protests over executive's rejection

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

77: Recording

As children of this age, though, all of us are in some way affected by the present globalized culture which, while offering us values and new possibilities, can also limit, condition and ultimately harm us.

 I am aware that we need to create spaces where pastoral workers can be helped and healed, “places where faith itself in the crucified and risen Jesus is renewed, where the most profound questions and daily concerns are shared, where deeper discernment about our experiences and life itself is undertaken in the light of the Gospel, for the purpose of directing individual and social decisions towards the good and beautiful”.[62]

 At the same time, I would like to call attention to certain particular temptations which affect pastoral workers.

 


Robert Mickens:   Que sera Sarah?
Pope Francis says he does not like to fire people. But it looks like he could be running out of patience with Cardinal Robert Sarah (who wants priests to say Mass with their backs to the people)


Christine on phone last night: "My family is forcing me to eat"

 .... Alleluia!


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 Sichuan

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

On this
20th of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of
Gambia

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

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 July 19  

Islam File    The New Translation

"Same-sex marriage" file

 


Letter from a South African inmate in a HK prison for drug trafficking - a 26 year old mother of three children:
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South China Morning Post - today's report 
Terminally ill former Hong Kong asylum seeker finally returned to Philippines

Jesus, thank you for helping Christine make it to July 19. May she also make it to July 29 - her 40th birthday. And may her return home somehow bring about a healing miracle - driving away cancer from her body. Jesus, please tsunami Christine with your healing love! 
And dear Lord, please bless all the kind people who have visited and helped Christine since she was released from detention on March 1.


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

Sirach 32-34

If you are chosen for an important job, don't let it go to your head.

When you speak, keep to the point. Say much in a few words.

Reflect before you act. Look before you leap.

Travel broadens the mind. Ask God's protection when you travel.

Lord, please bless everyone who is travelling today

My recording of this reading

 

 

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 

 

Hebrews 1.1-4

At various times in the past and in various different ways, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets

But in our own time, he has spoken to us through his Son,
through whom he made everything. He is the radiant light of God the Father's glory

He has sacrificed himself for sinners. He has taken his place at the right hand of the Father.
He is far greater than any angel

Jesus, deepen my understanding of who you are

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

 Matthew 9.9-13

One day when Jesus was walking past a customs house he said to a tax collector  named Matthew "Follow me". Matthew got up and followed Jesus.

Matthew invited Jesus and Jesus' friends to a dinner in his house.
Some tax collectors and "bad" people sat at Jesus' table.

Religious leaders saw this and complained to Jesus' friends
"Why does your master eat with tax collectors and bad people?"

Jesus' answer was "It is not the healthy who need the doctor, but the sick.

Go and think about the Bible words 'What I want is mercy, not sacrifice'. I have a special concern for rejects and down-and-outs."

Jesus, please help religious leaders in today's world to care more about people who are rejected by society

Recording 


Scottish Bishops call for the end of nuclear submarine program

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

102: Recording

Saint Thomas Aquinas explains that “it is more proper to charity to desire to love than to desire to be loved”;110 

indeed, “mothers, who are those who love the most, seek to love more than to be loved”.111

 Consequently, love can transcend and overflow the demands of justice, “expecting nothing in return” (Lk 6:35), and the greatest of loves can lead to “laying down one’s life” for another (cf. Jn 15:13).

 Can such generosity, which enables us to give freely and fully, really be possible? Yes, because it is demanded by the Gospel: “You received without pay, give without pay” (Mt 10:8).



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

102a: Recording

Humanity has entered a new era in which our technical prowess has brought us to a crossroads. 

We are the beneficiaries of two centuries of enormous waves of change: steam engines, railways, the telegraph, electricity, automobiles, aeroplanes, chemical industries, modern medicine, information technology and, more recently, the digital revolution, robotics, biotechnologies and nanotechnologies. 

It is right to rejoice in these advances and to be excited by the immense possibilities which they continue to open up before us, for “science and technology are wonderful products of a God-given human creativity”.[81] 

 



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

76: Recording 

I feel tremendous gratitude to all those who are committed to working in and for the Church. Here I do not wish to discuss at length the activities of the different pastoral workers, from bishops down to those who provide the most humble and hidden services. Rather, I would like to reflect on the challenges that all of them must face in the context of our current globalized culture.

 But in justice, I must say first that the contribution of the Church in today’s world is enormous. The pain and the shame we feel at the sins of some members of the Church, and at our own, must never make us forget how many Christians are giving their lives in love. They help so many people to be healed or to die in peace in makeshift hospitals.

 They are present to those enslaved by different addictions in the poorest places on earth. They devote themselves to the education of children and young people. They take care of the elderly who have been forgotten by everyone else. They look for ways to communicate values in hostile environments. They are dedicated in many other ways to showing an immense love for humanity inspired by the God who became man.

 I am grateful for the beautiful example given to me by so many Christians who joyfully sacrifice their lives and their time. This witness comforts and sustains me in my own effort to overcome selfishness and to give more fully of myself.

 


At HK airport yesterday morning, as Christine waited for various officials to resolve her situation (see SCMP story at top of this menu), she indicated to me that she need to vomit. So I quickly took out a small plastic bag from my shoulder bag. But as she started vomiting quite heavily, she gestured that something was wrong: the B. bag had a hole in it, and vomit was spilling on her dress. Kind volunteers cleaned up the mess ...and I apologised to Christine for the experience.


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
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, 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 July 18           Mandela Day

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After my visit to Malawi in January 2015, I find the pictures in this report very saddening

I have asked HK volunteer in Malawi, Janny Law, how this website can assist her to help some of the most needy people. This is her reply:

A regular food supply and medical care to families in remote villages is urgently needed.

I have located 2 remote villages, which are over 70 KM from Salima town.  One of them has no road to access. People have to cross a river and climb. At the other village a child had a serious skin disease .  The mother said it would take 4 hours to walk to the nearest clinic and 4 hours to come back. So they just left the child like that for months. I showed the photo to a doctor and had drugs sent the drugs on the same day.

Both of these villages have set up Child Based Care Centers which are like the nursery you visited at Chiutila last time. They need food, education and medical care. I am still working with the local volunteers to see how to support them.  

For the first village, I will check the possibilities to build a bridge or make a new route to the nearest road. A mobile clinic will be run once a week to ease the health care problems of the villages nearby. A doctor from a local private clinic will assist. Will keep you posted about the progress.

 

July 18

Letter from a South African inmate in a HK prison for drug trafficking - describing how she was "set up":

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The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

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

Sirach 29-31

Help others in their time of need.
When people ask you for help, do not turn them away.

Do not let your children grow up wild. Teach them self control and self-discipline from their earliest years.

Good health is better than silver and gold. Better to be poor and healthy than rich and sick.

Do not give in to brooding and fretting when things go wrong.
Even in the saddest situation, look for light at the end of the tunnel.

Avoid jealously and anger.
Jealously and anger will shorten your life.

A moderate diet will help you sleep well. Gluttony produces sleeplessness, biliousness and grumpiness.

Wine was made to cheer our hearts. But drinking to excess will reduce your strength.

Lord, please help me be moderate with food and drink

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 

 

 



 


Philemon 9-25

While here in prison, I have helped someone you know to become a believer. He is carrying this letter - Onesimus

I'm sending him back to you, no longer your slave, but your brother in Christ

Please welcome him as you would welcome me. And let me pay for anything he stole from you

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you

Jesus, please put an end to slavery in the world

Recording 

 

 




 

 

Matthew 9.1-8

Some people carried  a paralyzed man through a crowd to Jesus.
The man was on a bed.

Jesus knew that these people believed he could help them,
so he said to the paralyzed man "Courage, your sins are forgiven".

Religious leaders in the crowd were thinking to themselves
that Jesus was wrong to say he could forgive sins.

So Jesus said to the leaders: Which is easier:
to say 'Your sins are forgiven', or to say 'Get up and walk'?

Then to prove that he had authority to forgive sins,
he said to the paralyzed man
"Get up, pick up your bed and go home".

The man got up and went home.
The crowd praised God for what they had seen.

Jesus, please give me more faith in your power to forgive, your power to heal

Recording 


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

101: Recording

We have repeatedly said that to love another we must first love ourselves. Paul’s hymn to love, however, states that love “does not seek its own interest”, nor “seek what is its own”. 

This same idea is expressed in another text: “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Phil 2:4).

The Bible makes it clear that generously serving others is far more noble than loving ourselves.

 Loving ourselves is only important as a psychological prerequisite for being able to love others: “If a man is mean to himself, to whom will he be generous? No one is meaner than the man who is grudging to himself ” (Sir 14:5-6).

 


Christine (cervic cancer, stage 4, see items on previous menus, below) is due to leave HK this afternoon for the Philippines. But her condition is deteriorating and she's in a lot of pain, despite regular doses of morphine. Many thanks to the many people praying for a miracle. Jesus, please tsunami Christine with your healing love!


 

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

101: Recording

It would hardly be helpful to describe symptoms without acknowledging the human origins of the ecological crisis.

A certain way of understanding human life and activity has gone awry, to the serious detriment of the world around us.

Should we not pause and consider this? 

At this stage, I propose that we focus on the dominant technocratic paradigm and the place of human beings and of human action in the world.

 


During breakfast over the past few weeks I've been watching fascinating videos about the history of New Testament manuscripts, produced by Dan Wallace and his team. Google "Dan Wallace New Testament manuscripts".  Website of his centre


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

75: Recording

We cannot ignore the fact that in cities human trafficking, the narcotics trade, the abuse and exploitation of minors, the abandonment of the elderly and infirm, and various forms of corruption and criminal activity take place.

 (Also), what could be significant places of encounter and solidarity often become places of isolation and mutual distrust. Houses and neighbourhoods are more often built to isolate and protect than to connect and integrate. 

The proclamation of the Gospel will be a basis for restoring the dignity of human life in these contexts, for Jesus desires to pour out an abundance of life upon our cities.

 The unified and complete sense of human life that the Gospel proposes is the best remedy for the ills of our cities, even though we have to realize that a uniform and rigid program of evangelization is not suited to this complex reality.

 But to live our human life to the fullest and to meet every challenge as a leaven of Gospel witness in every culture and in every city will make us better Christians and bear fruit in our cities.

 


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John and Jessica were on their way home from the bar one night and John got pulled over by the police. The officer told John that he was stopped because his tail light was burned out.

John said, "I'm very sorry officer, I didn't realize it was out, I'll get it fixed right away."

Just then Jessica said, "I knew this would happen when I told you two days ago to get that light fixed." 

So the officer asked for John's license and after looking at it said, "Sir your license has expired." 

 And again John apologized and mentioned that he didn't realize that it had expired and would take care of it first thing in the morning. 

Jessica said, "I told you a week ago that the state sent you a letter telling you that your license had expired." 

Well by this time, John is a bit upset with his wife contradicting him in front of the officer, and he said in a rather loud voice, "Jessica, shut your mouth!!"

The officer then leaned over toward Jessica and asked. "Does your husband always talk to you like that?"

"Not always," answers Jessica, "only when he's drunk."


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
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, please pacify ISIS 

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

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

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

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


Pope's surprise visit to drug treatment centre

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

 

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


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