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Sat Oct 21

Yesterday morning I had a very unpleasant experience at the High Court about which I can't say much. I've sent a letter to the appropriate authority expressing my concerns.

 

This is what happens after "same-sex marriage" is legalised: The new normal. This is what little eyes are seeing at a Toronto subway station on the country's busiest train line

 

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

1 Maccabees 4: The army of Antiochus was led by Gorgias and had 40,000 men. Judas and his men numbered only 3,000. Judas implored God for help and then fought bravely. The army of Gorgias was routed. The next year another force, numbering 60,000 men, was sent against Judas who had 10,000 men. Once again by prayer and courage, Judas was victorious. Judas gave thanks to God, and then went to Jerusalem. In Jerusalem Judas re-dedicated the Temple and re-built the city walls. 
Dear God, please give me the courage of Judas

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 148: Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the heights. Praise him all his angels, praise him all his spirits. Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, shining stars. Let them praise the name of the Lord. His word gave life to all of them. Praise the Lord from the earth, sea creatures and all oceans. Praise him fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy winds that obey his word. Praise him all mountains and hills, all fruit trees and cedars. Praise him all animals, wild and tame,
reptiles and birds in the air. Praise him all earth's kings and peoples, earth's princes and rulers. Praise him young men and maidens, old people together with children. Let them praise the name of the Lord. He is the praise of all who love him.

Lord our God and Creator, you are worthy of all praise

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James 4.13-15: Avoid talking like this: "Tomorrow I'm going to another town, to do business there for a year". You don't know what will happen tomorrow. You are no more than a mist that is here for a little while, then disappears. What you should say is: "If it's the Lord's will, tomorrow I'm going to another town for a year". 
Jesus, help me to remember to say to people: "God willing, I will see you next month" or "Please God, I will see you next month", rather than just "I'll see you next month"

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Matthew 27.57-66: Joseph from Arimathaea was a rich man who had become a disciple of Jesus. After Jesus died on Friday, he asked Governor Pilate for Jesus' body. Joseph wrapped the body in a clean burial cloth and put it in his own new tomb in a rock cave. He then put a large stone at the cave's entrance. The next day, Saturday,  the religious leaders went to Pilate and said "This imposter said he would rise from the dead after 3 days. Therefore you should secure the tomb in case his disciples steal the body and say he has risen from the dead". Pilate gave them a guard and told them to secure the tomb. The guards took up their position at the tomb and seals were put on the entrance stone.
Jesus in the tomb, please give eternal life to all who have died

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Reflection on the above readings:

Judas was in a hopeless situation against Gorgias. Jesus was in a hopeless situation in the tomb. But "hopeless" is not God's dictionary! And it shouldn't be in ours. No situation is hopeless once we hand it over to God. As Pope Francis often says: the Holy Spirit can untie even the most tangled knot!

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

208: Listen We are always capable of going out of ourselves towards the other.

Unless we do this, other creatures will not be recognized for their true worth; we are unconcerned about caring for things for the sake of others; we fail to set limits on ourselves in order to avoid the suffering of others or the deterioration of our surroundings.

Disinterested concern for others, and the rejection of every form of self-centeredness and self-absorption, are essential if we truly wish to care for our brothers and sisters and for the natural environment.

These attitudes also attune us to the moral imperative of assessing the impact of our every action and personal decision on the world around us.

If we can overcome individualism, we will truly be able to develop a different lifestyle and bring about significant changes in society.

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Pope Francis: The Joy of the Gospel   
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189: Listen  Solidarity is a spontaneous reaction by those who recognize that the social function of property and the universal destination of goods are realities which come before private property. 

The private ownership of goods is justified by the need to protect and increase them, so that they can better serve the common good; for this reason, solidarity must be lived as the decision to restore to the poor what belongs to them. 

These convictions and habits of solidarity, when they are put into practice, open the way to other structural transformations and make them possible.

Changing structures without generating new convictions and attitudes will only ensure that those same structures will become, sooner or later, corrupt, oppressive and ineffectual.

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10 years ago today:

James, Shane, Lulu, Frank, Clare at Ricci Memorial Center; visit to Simone; English students at Yunfu 

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 One of the residents at the Cheung Chau Mercy Centre for homeless people - who slept at McDonald's for 8 years - has now turned into an expert fisherman ....who then cooks what he's caught....Fish Fillet!

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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 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, today, Saturday, please pacify the Taliban

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Fri Oct 20

Yesterday morning at the High Court an Indonesian woman was given a reduction of 6 months from her sentence ...for her participation in my anti-drug campaign. Judge was very critical of police/Customs: "How come Fr John can tell the world who the masterminds are here in HK , but Customs/police cannot find them?"  (at link: Dec 16 story and letter)

 

  This is beautiful:
Pope - how to get ready for death

 

Pope often reminds us to celebrate our anniversary of Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion.
Well, thank you Holy Spirit for my Confirmation 60 years ago today on a Sunday morning at St James' Church, Brisbane!

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

1 Maccabees 3: Judas led the people in many successful battles. He often said that it is easy for a great number of soldiers to be defeated by a few. "Victory in war does not depend on the size of an army. It is from heaven that strength comes". As Judas' fame spread, King Antiochus ordered a huge army to attack Judas. 
Dear God, please help us put our trust in you rather than in anyone or anything else

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 147: Praise the Lord for he is good. Sing to our God for he is loving. To him our praise is due. The Lord builds up Jerusalem and brings back Israel's exiles. He heals the broken-hearted and binds up all their wounds. The Lord raises the lowly and humbles the wicked. He fixes the number of the stars. He calls each one by name. Our Lord is great and almighty. His wisdom can never be measured. He covers the heavens with clouds. He prepares rain for the earth, making mountains sprout with grass and with plants to serve our needs. His delight is not in horses nor his pleasure in warriors' strength. The Lord delights in those who love and honor him, in those who wait for his love.
It is right and fitting to praise and love you, Lord our Creator
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James 4.7-12: Turn towards God. Turn away from the Devil, and the Devil will run away from you. Clean your hearts and minds. Be sorry for your sins. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. Do not slander one another. Who are you to give a verdict on your neighbor?
Jesus, help me understand  "the time to judge others is never"

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Matthew 27.45-54: Jesus was put on the cross about 9am. From about noon until 3pm there was darkness over all the land. About 3pm Jesus cried out the words of Psalm 22: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" A little while later he again cried out in a loud voice. Then he died. At that moment the holy curtain in the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom, and there was a violent earthquake. The Roman soldiers were terrified. Their leader called out "Truly this was a son of God".
Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for the salvation of the world

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Reflection on the above Bible readings:

Jesus died on a Friday, Good Friday, so today, Friday, is a good day to think about what happened 2,000 years ago on Calvary....and say..."Thank you Jesus"

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

 207: Listen  The Earth Charter asked us to leave behind a period of self-destruction and make a new start, but we have not as yet developed a universal awareness needed to achieve this.

Here, I would echo that courageous challenge: "As never before in history, common destiny beckons us to seek a new beginning. Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life"

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Pope Francis: The Joy of the Gospel   
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188: Listen  The Church has realized that the need to heed this plea is itself born of the liberating action of grace within each of us, and thus it is not a question of a mission reserved only to a few: "The Church, guided by the Gospel of mercy and by love for mankind, hears the cry for justice and intends to respond to it with all her might".

In this context we can understand Jesus command to his disciples: "You yourselves give them something to eat!" : it means working to eliminate the structural causes of poverty and to promote the integral development of the poor, as well as small daily acts of solidarity in meeting the real needs which we encounter.

The word "solidarity" is a little worn and at times poorly understood, but it refers to something more than a few sporadic acts of generosity. It presumes the creation of a new mindset which thinks in terms of community and the priority of the life of all over the appropriation of goods by a few.

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 Yesterday afternoon when I was in a local McDonald's for a meeting concerning homeless people, I saw something I had never seen before: someone using chopsticks ....to eat....ice cream from a cone!

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

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

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

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Thu Oct 19

Yesterday was the feast of a doctor - Saint Luke - so it was a good day for me to spend time at nearby Queen Elizabeth Hospital on behalf of two African inmates: helping one (on behalf of prison welfare office) apply for an operation and helping the other  apply for copies of medical records.

 

Pope invites prisoners to lunch, and two escape ! 

 

HK bishop emphasizes pastoral over political concerns

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

1 Maccabees 2: Mattathias was a Jew loyal to his religion at a time when most people were not loyal. When the king's representative came to the town of Mattathias and started forcing people to take part in pagan ceremonies, Mattathias killed the representative. Mattathias then called on everyone loyal to God to join him in the desert. Mattathias soon had a small army which gradually won control of many parts of the country and restored observance of God's law. When Mattathias was coming to the end of his life he appointed his son Judas as his army successor.
Dear God, help us to be loyal to you like Mattathias

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 145: I will give you glory, O God my king. I will bless your name day after day. The Lord is great, worthy of all praise. His greatness cannot be measured. Age to age shall proclaim your works, shall speak of your splendor and glory. The Lord is kind and full of compassion, slow to anger, abounding in love. How good is the Lord to all, compassionate to all his creatures. All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord, and tell all the world of your love. The Lord is faithful in all his words and loving in all his deeds. The Lord supports all who fall and raises all who are bowed down. The eyes of all creatures look to you and you give them their food each day. The Lord is close to all who call him, who call on him from their hearts. Let the whole world bless the Lord's holy name, for ever, for ages unending.
Thank you, Lord, for your love. Thank you for your love

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James 3.16-17: Wherever you find jealousy and ambition, you find disharmony and evil practices. On the other hand,  wisdom from heaven is good and peaceful and kindly and considerate. It is full of compassion, and does good. There is no trace of partiality or hypocrisy in it. 
Jesus,  give me wisdom. Make me peaceful 

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Matthew 27.32-44: As Jesus was taken to the place of crucifixion, a man name Simon, from Cyrene, was made to carry Jesus' cross. Jesus was then nailed to the cross and hung on the cross. Two robbers were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Above Jesus' head was a sign with the charge against him: "This is Jesus, the King of the Jews". People passing by that place made fun of Jesus. So did the religious leaders. They mocked and taunted him.
Jesus on the Cross, thank you for suffering so much for the salvation of the world

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Reflection on the above Bible readings:

The Gospels stress how the suffering Jesus was made fun of ...."mocked and taunted". This is the greatest example of a good person - in the midst of intense suffering - being ridiculed by the very people he/she was trying to help. It can happen in a family ...e.g. a parent coming home after a long and tiring day at work to get money to support their family ....coming home and experiencing ridicule from other family members

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

206: Listen  A change in lifestyle could bring healthy pressure to bear on those who wield political, economic and social power.

This is what consumer movements accomplish by boycotting certain products. 

They prove successful in changing the way businesses operate, forcing them to consider their environmental footprint and their patterns of production.

When social pressure affects their earnings, businesses clearly have to find ways to produce differently.

This shows us the great need for a sense of social responsibility on the part of consumers. 

"Purchasing is always a moral - and not simply economic - act".

Today, in a word, "the issue of environmental degradation challenges us to examine our lifestyle".

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Pope Francis: The Joy of the Gospel   
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187c: Listen  The old question always returns: "How does God's love abide in anyone who has the world's goods, and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?" (1 Jn 3:17).

Let us recall also how bluntly the apostle James speaks of the cry of the oppressed: "The wages of the labourers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts"  (5:4)

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10 years ago today:

Thank you CECI for fixing computers; thank you Maria Lit for CD; 100th Day party for baby Wong

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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 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, Thursday, please pacify Al-Qaeda

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Wed Oct 18

I was at Tai Lam Women's prison for 8 hours yesterday. In one room I met a number of women charged with trafficking in Ice. I said to one woman "there's a lot of you here on Ice charges". She replied "Yes, it's a cold room"! The good news from Tai Lam: no new woman from the whole of Africa arrested at HK airport this year for drug trafficking. The (bad) news: now that my work for Africans is decreasing, I find I'm being asked to increase my work for local HK people facing drug charges. 

 

Diwali starts tomorrow and continues until Sunday. Happy Diwali!


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  Chris McDonnell 

Yes, we can!
On October 9
 I made a journey on Newman's anniversary to be with a friend from childhood, a priest for over sixty years in the Arundel and Brighton diocese, Fr Gerald Coates

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

 Feast of Saint Luke  ("Luke"/"Acts")

Luke 1: Dear Friend of God, there are already many reports written about Jesus. These reports come from people who were the earliest eyewitnesses and ministers of the Good News. After checking the whole story, I also have decided to write a report, so that you may see for yourself the truth and accuracy of the Good News
Jesus, help me understand your Good News
 
Recording of this reading


Acts 1: Dear Friend of God, in my first book (the Gospel of Luke) I wrote about everything Jesus did until the day he was taken up to heaven. For 40 days after his death, he appeared to his apostles many times, and taught them about the kingdom of God. He told them to stay in Jerusalem and wait for what the Father had promised: "You will soon be baptized with the Holy Spirit"
Jesus, please baptize me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, increase your influence in my life

Recording


Colossians 4.14 (St Paul writing from prison in Rome):
Greetings from my dear friend Luke, the doctor
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2 Timothy 4.11 (St Paul writing from prison in Rome):
Only
Luke is with me

Recording

 

 Reflection on the above readings: 

I really enjoyed this: David Pawson - The Gospel of Luke

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

205: Listen  Yet all is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start, despite their mental and social conditioning.

We are able to take an honest look at ourselves, to acknowledge our deep dissatisfaction, and to embark on new paths to authentic freedom.

No system can completely suppress our openness to what is good, true and beautiful, or our God-given ability to respond to his grace at work deep in our hearts.

I appeal to everyone throughout the world not to forget this dignity which is ours. No one has the right to take it from us.

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

187b: Listen  A mere glance at the Scriptures is enough to make us see how our gracious Father wants to hear the cry of the poor:  "I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt ; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them...so I will send you..." (Ex 3:7-8, 10).

We also see how he is concerned for their needs: "When the Israelites cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up for them a deliverer" (Jg 3:15 ).

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 How any country can win lots more medals at the Olympics: get more men to "change" into women:A prominent transgender advocate has backed a ban on Hannah Mouncey due to her abnormal size and strength.

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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 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,
Wednesday, please pacify
Al-Shabaab 

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Tues Oct 17

A long but happy day yesterday: a trip to Kowloon City Court in the early morning to arrange bail release for a man in Lai Chi Kok men's prison; a meeting (at the court) with a kind young man who is setting up a Facebook page for a new website I've started - to help protect family life in HK from the radical rainbow typhoon which is battering so many parts of the world; then a visit to Lai Chi Kok prison to deliver the "get out of jail" letter & visit some inmates due for court soon; then some office work at home (an urgent support letter for a coming case & preparation of an affidavit for another case); then a long visit to a HK Island legal office to finalise the affidavit; then some time at the Catholic Centre in Central to say thank you for 71 years of life; then an evening meal with some homeless people who sleep at McDonald's. No trouble sleeping last night! My custom for many years now has been to have a meal with poor people on Oct 16 as in 2016 and 2009  

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

1 Maccabees 1: Some Jews abandoned their religion and made a pact with King Antiochus Epiphanes, a Seleucid king of the Greeks. Antiochus conquered many lands, including Israel. He plundered the Temple and forced the Jews to renounce their religion. But many Jews courageously stood firm and were punished with death. This was a sad and terrible time for Israel.
Dear God, please help us stay faithful to you

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 144: Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who gives me strength for every situation. He is my love, my fortress. He is my stronghold, my savior. To you, O God, will I sing a new song, you who so often rescued David your servant. Happy the people whose God is the Lord. Please continue to bless your people, Lord. Let our sons flourish like saplings grown tall and strong from their youth; our daughters graceful as columns, adorned as though for a palace. Let our crops and stock be blessed. May there be no sound of weeping on our streets.
Lord, please help us love and honor you every day. Don't let us ever forget your love

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James 3.3-10: When a bit is put into a horse's mouth, the whole animal is under control. A tiny rudder can control a big ship. In the same way, if you can control your tongue, you can control every other part of yourself. The tongue is a whole wicked world in itself. It is so hard to control. We use it to bless God, but we also use it to curse people made in God's image.
Jesus, please help me control my tongue!

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Matthew 27.27-31: After the Roman soldiers scourged Jesus, they made fun of him: 
- they put a red cloak on him.
- they made a crown out of thorns.
- they put a reed in his right hand. 
Then they knelt in front of him saying "Hail, king of the Jews". They spat on him. They took the reed and hit him with it. When they had finished making fun of him, they dressed him  in his own clothes and led him away to crucify him.

Jesus, please don't let me hurt other people by making fun of them

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Reflection on the above readings:

From the beginning of human history, evil people have persecuted and killed good people. At the time of the Maccabees, many people died for their religion. Jesus died for his religion. Every 6 seconds today a Christian dies for his/her religion. A fully mature Christian is prepared to die for his/her faith.

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

204: Listen The current global situation engenders a feeling of instability and uncertainty, which in turn becomes "a seedbed for collective selfishness".

When people become self-centred and self-enclosed, their greed increases. 

The emptier a person's heart is, the more he or she needs things to buy, own and consume. 

It becomes almost impossible to accept the limits imposed by reality. 

In this horizon, a genuine sense of the common good also disappears.

As these attitudes become more widespread, social norms are respected only to the extent that they do not clash with personal needs. 

So our concern cannot be limited merely to the threat of extreme weather events, but must also extend to the catastrophic consequences of social unrest. 

Obsession with a consumerist lifestyle, above all when few people are capable of maintaining it, can only lead to violence and mutual destruction. 

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

187a: Listen  Each individual Christian and every community is called to be an instrument of God for the liberation and promotion of the poor, and for enabling them to be fully a part of society. This demands that we be docile and attentive to the cry of the poor and to come to their aidEach individual Christian and every community is called to be an instrument of God for the liberation and promotion of the poor, and for enabling them to be fully a part of society. This demands that we be docile and attentive to the cry of the poor and to come to their aid

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Interactive Bible Quiz - 1 Kings
Based on the actual words of the Bible. 
How many times can you get 3/3 ?!  

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10 years ago today:

Visit to poor centers by Chris, Heather (Abacus, HK), Marion & Kevin - from HK/Australia/New Zealand  (+ thank you Guangzhou Insurance College for kind donation to help poor students)

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 I guess the problem is me ...but the older I get ... the busier life is becoming. The good news is that the retirement age for priests in HK is ......wait for it .....85!

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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 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, Tuesday, please pacify Boko Haram

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Mon Oct 16

Because of Typhoon Signal No. 8 I ventured out only twice yesterday: for lunch at McDonald's with 8 homeless/special people ....a very happy meal; and for a canteen meal in the evening with two ex-addicts....also a happy meal. Three of the lunch group were due to go to the Mercy Centre on Cheung Chau Island last night. There are not many things in life as worthwhile as helping the poor ....

 

A beautiful true story by John Allen:
When Jihad met the Virgin

 

New letter in English by man from Guinea, again explaining how he was recruited, and again warning others not to be so tricked - here (Oct 5)

 

Letter in Spanish from a South American inmate in prison in HK for drug trafficking - here (Oct 13)

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

Esther 6-8: On the night between the two banquets, the king could not sleep. To induce sleep he started reading the history of his kingdom. He read how some years ago two of his eunuchs planned to assassinate him, but the plot was foiled by Mordecai. The king asked Haman how to honor a man whom the king wished to honor. Haman thought the king was talking about himself, Haman, so he suggested royal clothes, a royal horse and a royal parade. The king agreed and told Haman to honor Mordecai in this way. This was a great humiliation for Haman. And it got even worse for Haman. At the second banquet, Esther told the king that she was Jewish and that Haman planned to kill all Jews. The result: Haman was hanged on the gallows which he had prepared for Mordecai, and the Jews were not only spared annihilation - they were given places of honor in the kingdom. The Jews praised God for all his help through Mordecai.
Dear God, please stop people like Haman  from committing injustice
My recording of this reading:  01  02

 

Psalm 140-143: Lord, save me from people who do evil, you who do justice for the needy. I have no way out of this situation. And no one wants to help me. Lord, I beg you tonight to make haste and give me an answer, for my spirit fails within me. In the morning let me know your love for I put my trust in you.
Lord, please help people who are in big trouble

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James 2.14-26: Faith and good works need to go together. Suppose someone is lacking clothes and food, and you say "I wish you well" and do nothing to help them. What good is that? Faith without good deeds is useless.
Jesus, please help me put my faith into action by good deeds
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Matthew 27.1-26: Early in the morning, the religious leaders had Jesus bound with ropes. They then took him to Pilate, the Roman governor. The leaders accused Jesus of many crimes. To the governor's amazement, Jesus remained silent. The leaders persuaded the crowd to demand the execution of Jesus. They called out to Pilate "Crucify him". Pilate asked "Why? What has he done wrong?" The crowd shouted all the louder "Crucify him. Crucify him". Pilate then washed his hands in front of the crowd and said "I am innocent of this man's blood". The crowd shouted "His blood be on us and on our children". Pilate then ordered Jesus to be scourged and crucified.
Jesus,  help people who are condemned to death

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Reflection on the above readings:

Pilate ordered Jesus to be scourged.... the Gospels don't go into the gory details of the scourging....a scourging that was meant to speed up death by making sure a person was half dead before being crucified. This medical article is hard to read ....not because of technical terms, but because of its terrible details about the suffering that a scourged/crucified person experienced. After reading it, all we can say is ...thank you Jesus...

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

203: Listen  Since the market tends to promote extreme consumerism in an effort to sell its products, people can easily get caught up in a whirlwind of needless buying and spending.

Compulsive consumerism is one example of how the techno-economic paradigm affects individuals.

Romano Guardini had already foreseen this: "The gadgets and technics forced upon him by the patterns of machine production and of abstract planning mass man accepts quite simply; they are the forms of life itself. To either a greater or lesser degree mass man is convinced that his conformity is both reasonable and just".

This paradigm leads people to believe that they are free as long as they have the supposed freedom to consume.

But those really free are the minority who wield economic and financial power. Amid this confusion, postmodern humanity has not yet achieved a new self-awareness capable of offering guidance and direction, and this lack of identity is a source of anxiety. We have too many means and only a few insubstantial ends

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

186: Listen  Our faith in Christ, who became poor, and was always close to the poor and the outcast, is the basis of our concern for the integral development of society's most neglected members

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10 years ago today:

First Breaking of Bread in Deqing church for 50 years

First visit to Deqing Shiyan Government Primary School

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 Check video at this site - a horse called "Witherspoon"!

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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 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,
Monday, please pacify I.S.

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Sun Oct 15

  I am at present reading a fascinating book on the history of cocaine. Yesterday I was staggered to learn that the CIA played a large role in the spread of cocaine in the US:

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  Video interview with my former student Bishop Mark Edwards O.M.I. - preparing for the Year of Youth

 

The disturbing case of an imprisoned Chinese priest

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

c.f. readings for Sunday 28

Isaiah 25: On Mount Zion in Jerusalem, the Lord will prepare for all peoples a banquet of rich food, a banquet of fine wines. On this mountain he will delete Death. The Lord will wipe away the tears from every cheek. Lord, you are my God, I extol you, I praise your name. You, Lord, are a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in distress.
Lord, please give hope and courage to people who are sad and troubled in the world today

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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Philippians 4.11-20: I have learnt how to manage on whatever I have. I am ready for anything anywhere: full stomach or empty stomach, poverty or plenty. There is nothing I cannot master with the help of the One who gives me strength. I thank you my friends for supporting me financially, especially when I was in great need. 
Jesus, bless everyone who has helped me in any way since the day I was born
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Matthew 22.1-10: Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people: The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a feast for his son's wedding. He sent his servants to call those who had been invited, but they would not come. Next he sent some more servants. "Tell those who have been invited" he said "that I have my banquet all prepared, my oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, everything is ready. Come to the wedding." But they were not interested: one went off to his farm, another to his business, and the rest seized his servants, maltreated them and killed them. The king was furious. He dispatched his troops, destroyed those murderers and burnt their town. Then he said to his servants, "The wedding is ready; but as those who were invited proved to be unworthy, go to the crossroads in the town and invite everyone you can find to the wedding." So these servants went out on to the roads and collected together everyone they could find, bad and good alike; and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

 

 

 Reflection on the above readings: 

Sometimes people in a group are not welcoming to new members. Don't want any more.
But God's policy is "always room for one more" ..."the more the merrier"...."a full house"


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

202: Listen  Many things have to change course, but it is we human beings above all who need to change.

We lack an awareness of our common origin, of our mutual belonging, and of a future to be shared with everyone.

This basic awareness would enable the development of new convictions, attitudes and forms of life.

A great cultural, spiritual and educational challenge stands before us, and it will demand that we set out on the long path of renewal.

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

185: Listen  In what follows I intend to concentrate on two great issues which strike me as fundamental at this time in history. I will treat them more fully because I believe that they will shape the future of humanity. These issues are first, the inclusion of the poor in society, and second, peace and social dialogue

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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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  Another Catholic typhoon visiting HK region today. Catholic. ...because it comes on a Sunday ...and from the Philippines!
But if it's Catholic why does it cause the cancellation of Masses? This morning's Masses cancelled because Signal No. 8 launched....the third time Masses have been cancelled over the past few months

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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 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, Sunday, please bless all Muslims in my country

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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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