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Imitating Pope Francis


 

  Friday May 27    

Good News story 01:
What happened to Syrian refugees rescued by Pope?

Good News story 02:
Yesterday saw the happy arrival at my Jordan centre of 2,000 copies of the Chinese Simple Bible: Old Testament (3rd printing) - mainly for prisoners. God bless kind workers who produced this book, and HK diocesan Lenten project for funding it

Letter from a Ugandan inmate in a HK prison, describing how she was tricked at Dubai airport by a West African man to carry some items onto their plane .... and was then arrested at HK airport .... and faces 10 or so years in prison for drug trafficking

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Girls & boys using the same school showers?

      

Eleven US states sue govt over transgender rights

Letter from a Ugandan inmate in a HK prison, describing how she was tricked by a Nigerian man to help carry an item onto her plane ....but....fortunately!...her story has a happy ending!

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The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

Proverbs 10

A wise child is a father's joy. A foolish child is a mother's sorrow.

Laziness leads to poverty. Diligence leads to success.

Hatred provokes disputes. Love covers over all offences.

A flood of words is never without fault. Prudent people control their lips.

Lord, may my words be wise and loving

My recording of this reading

 

Psalms 79-80

O God, the nations have invaded your sacred land, they have profaned your holy temple. They have made Jerusalem a heap of ruins.

We have become the taunt of our neighbours, the mockery and scorn of those who surround us.

How long, O Lord, will all this last? How long will this sorrow keep going?

Do not hold the guilt of our ancestors against us. If their guilt is somehow influencing our situation now, please give peace and healing to everyone and everything in our  history.

Let the groans of the prisoners come before you. Let your strong arm reprieve those condemned to die.

O Lord, our God, help us and save us. Let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

Lord, please heal any problems in my family tree

Recording  

 

1 Thessalonians 2.13-16

As soon as you heard the Good News, you accepted it as God's message and not just some human thinking

This message is still a living power among you

For the sake of the Good News, you have been badly treated by your own countrymen, just as Christians in Judea have been badly treated by the Jews

The Jews have been persecuting us and hindering us from spreading the Good News

Jesus, please help people who are being hindered from spreading the message of your love

Recording    

God’s plan
Of salvation
Offers us
Divine life

For people living in the North
in the
East in the West
and in the
South   this is 
 
GOOD NEWS !

 

John 14.8-21

At the meal, Jesus said to his disciples "To have seen me, is to have seen the Father. I am in the Father, and the Father is in me

Whatever you ask for in my name, I will do it, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you love me, you will keep my commandments

I will ask the Father and he will give you another Friend to be always with you. This Friend is the Spirit of Truth who will be living in your heart

If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him and make our home in his heart"

Father, Jesus, Spirit of Truth - three Persons, one God  - thank you for living in my heart 

Recording  


How to lose friends and make enemies. When will Beijing learn that bullying is counterproductive ...in Taiwan, in HK, everywhere?
Taiwanese slam mainland official for sexist remark


 

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

47: Recording of 47:

The Synod Fathers also called particular attention to “families of persons with special needs, where the unexpected challenge of dealing with a disability can upset a family’s equilibrium, desires and expectations… Families who lovingly accept the difficult trial of a child with special needs are greatly to be admired. They render the Church and society an invaluable witness of faithfulness to the gift of life.

In these situations, the family can discover, together with the Christian community, new approaches, new ways of acting, a different way of understanding and identifying with others, by welcoming and caring for the mystery of the frailty of human life. 

People with disabilities are a gift for the family and an opportunity to grow in love, mutual aid and unity… If the family, in the light of the faith, accepts the presence of persons with special needs, they will be able to recognize and ensure the quality and value of every human life, with its proper needs, rights and opportunities. This approach will promote care and services on behalf of these disadvantaged persons and will encourage people to draw near to them and provide affection at every stage of their life”. 33

 Here I would stress that dedication and concern shown to migrants and to persons with special needs alike is a sign of the Spirit. Both situations are paradigmatic: they serve as a test of our commitment to show mercy in welcoming others and to help the vulnerable to be fully a part of our communities.


Kenyan bishops speak out against closure of world's largest refugee camp


 

Full English text

Full Chinese text

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

53: Recording of 53:

These situations have caused sister earth, along with all the abandoned of our world, to cry out, pleading that we take another course. Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years.

Yet we are called to be instruments of God our Father, so that our planet might be what he desired when he created it and correspond with his plan for peace, beauty and fullness.

The problem is that we still lack the culture needed to confront this crisis. We lack leadership capable of striking out on new paths and meeting the needs of the present with concern for all and without prejudice towards coming generations. 

The establishment of a legal framework which can set clear boundaries and ensure the protection of ecosystems has become indispensable; otherwise, the new power structures based on the techno-economic paradigm may overwhelm not only our politics but also freedom and justice.

 


Must read books on women deacons


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

022: Recording of 022:

God’s word is unpredictable in its power. The Gospel speaks of a seed which, once sown, grows by itself, even as the farmer sleeps (Mk 4:26-29). 

The Church has to accept this unruly freedom of the word, which accomplishes what it wills in ways that surpass our calculations and ways of thinking.

 


Chinese elevated bus would carry 1,400 passengers above traffic jams


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
27th of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of
Tibet

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 27th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of
Uganda

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 May 26 

    

Islam File    The New Translation

"Same-sex marriage" file


Doctor responds to questions on "marriage equality"

"We oppose same-sex 'marriage' because it is a package deal that brings with it the entire radical rainbow agenda. 

Once homosexual relations are normalised in the central institution of society, that gives the LGBT lobby the big stick of anti-discrimination law to normalise homosexual behaviour in the school curriculum, and to silence conscientious dissenters. 

 'Marriage equality' is not ultimately about marriage; it is about sexual radicals getting the legal clout to push their values down society's throat"  (& see my comment)


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

Proverbs 9

Wisdom has built herself a house,
she has erected 7 pillars.

She has sent out her maidservants
to proclaim from the city's heights:

"Come and eat my bread, drink the wine I have prepared.

Leave your foolishness and you will live. Come and walk in the way of wisdom."

Lord, please help us accept your invitation to grow in wisdom

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 78 (a)

Listen, everyone, to my teaching.
I will recount the lessons of our history.

The things  our parents have told us, we will not hide from our children, but will pass them on to the next generation.

We want the next generation to know all that the Lord has done for us in the past.

May the next generation in turn
pass on this knowledge to their own children, so that they too will put their hope in God and never forget all that God has done for us.

 Recording

 

 

 


Psalm 78 (b)

May future generations not be like our ancestors who so often were unfaithful to God.

Even though our ancestors had seen God part the sea, even though they had seen him provide food and water for them in the desert, still they went on sinning.

Yet he who is full of compassion forgave and spared them. He remembered they were only weak humans.

Eventually he brought them to the promised land and gave a home to each of Israel's tribes.

But still they sinned by building mountain shrines and serving idols.

Then God raised up David to be their leader. God called him from looking after sheep to be the shepherd of his people.

Lord, help us not to forget all you have done for us

Recording

John 13.37 - 14.6

At the meal, Peter said to Jesus "I will lay down my life for you". Jesus replied "Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times

To all of you I say, there are many rooms in my Father's house. I am going now to prepare a place for you

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me"

Jesus, you are the Way, the Truth and the Life. Please help more and more people follow you to find truth and life

Recording


HK has longest working hours in the world

- which is why I wrote this last year


 

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

46b: Recording of 46b:

Migration is particularly dramatic and devastating to families and individuals when it takes place illegally and is supported by international networks of human trafficking. This is equally true when it involves women or unaccompanied children who are forced to endure long periods of time in temporary facilities and refugee camps, where it is impossible to start a process of integration.

Extreme poverty and other situations of family breakdown sometimes even lead families to sell their children for prostitution or for organ trafficking”.31 

“The persecution of Christians and ethnic and religious minorities in many parts of the world, especially in the Middle East, are a great trial not only for the Church but also the entire international community. Every effort should be encouraged, even in a practical way, to assist families and Christian communities to remain in their native lands”.32


Change of tactics - snakeheads force 25 South Asians to sail themselves into Hong Kong waters


 Kenya tells UK to resettle Somali refugees living in Dadaab

Full English text

Full Chinese text

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

52b: Recording of 52b: 

The poorest areas and countries are less capable of adopting new models for reducing environmental impact because they lack the wherewithal to develop the necessary processes and to cover their costs.

We must continue to be aware that, regarding climate change, there are differentiated responsibilities.

As the United States bishops have said, greater attention must be given to “the needs of the poor, the weak and the vulnerable, in a debate often dominated by more powerful interests”.[31] 

We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family. There are no frontiers or barriers, political or social, behind which we can hide, still less is there room for the globalization of indifference.

 


Joan Chittister

The learning of two different cultures

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

21: Recording of 21:

The Gospel joy which enlivens the community of disciples is a missionary joy. 

The seventy-two disciples felt it as they returned from their mission (cf. Lk 10:17). Jesus felt it when he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and praised the Father for revealing himself to the poor and the little ones (cf. Lk 10:21). It was felt by the first converts who marvelled to hear the apostles preaching “in the native language of each” (Acts 2:6) on the day of Pentecost.

This joy is a sign that the Gospel has been proclaimed and is bearing fruit. Yet the drive to go forth and give, to go out from ourselves, to keep pressing forward in our sowing of the good seed, remains ever present. The Lord says: “Let us go on to the next towns that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out” (Mk 1:38). Once the seed has been sown in one place, Jesus does not stay behind to explain things or to perform more signs; the Spirit moves him to go forth to other towns.

 


To go with today's Gospel!
During the course of a bitter pastor-congregation dispute, the church's pastor quit and found a job working as a chaplain at the local jail. On his last Sunday with the church, just before he left for his new job at the jail, he preached as his sermon text John 14:3: "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."


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
26th of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of
Xinjiang

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 26th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of
Togo

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 May 25 


Islam File
    The New Translation

"Same-sex marriage" file

Pope meets top Sunni leader in Vatican 

"Our meeting is the message"

Australia's General Election:

Labor Party's Rainbow Colours

Media not "spotlighting" Labor 

Chris McDonnell  
(Wed UK blogger)
 

Let us break bread together

The smaller the number at the celebration the easier it would be to enact the original table of the Lord, using a loaf of bread that emphasises a sharing


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

Wisdom 7 & 8

To Wisdom say "My sister". Call Perception your dearest friend.

Wisdom says: "The Lord created me before time began. I was by his side, delighting him day after day.

Happy those who keep my ways. Happy those who listen to me.

Whoever finds me finds life. I am more precious than silver or gold."

Dear Lord, please help me to be a friend of Wisdom

Psalms 73-77

Sometimes when I see how bad people prosper, I wonder what's the use in trying to be good?

But then I realize that everyone someday has to pay the bill for any evil they have bought in the world.

Sometimes when I see our world  and religion in ruins, I wonder why has God abandoned us?

Then I remember that God has promised to break the power of the wicked. He has promised to give strength to good people.

So may all people honor the Lord our God and judge. May the Lord give us his loving help.

Lord, you are goodness itself. Please help us to be good and to trust you always

Recording 

1 Thessalonians 1.7 - 2.12

You are a great example to other believers, since it was from you that the word of the Lord spread to many places

Everyone knows how we planted the Good News in your hearts, and how you broke with idolatry and became servants of the living God

Let me remind you how we loved and served you, like loving parents caring for their dear children

Jesus, thank you for the people who nurtured me as a Christian

Recording 

John 13.34-35

Jesus said to his disciples at the meal "I give you a new commandment: love one another.
Just as I have loved you, you also must love one another

By this love you have for one another, everyone will know that you are my disciples"

Jesus, please help all Christians to love one another as you have loved us

Recording 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

46a: Recording of 46a:

“Migration is another sign of the times to be faced and understood in terms of its negative effects on family life”.30

The recent Synod drew attention to this issue, noting that “in various ways, migration affects whole populations in different parts of the world. The Church has exercised a major role in this area. Maintaining and expanding this witness to the Gospel (cf. Mt 25:35) is urgently needed today more than ever… Human mobility, which corresponds to the natural historical movement of peoples, can prove to be a genuine enrichment for both families that migrate and countries that welcome them.

 Furthermore, forced migration of families, resulting from situations of war, persecution, poverty and injustice, and marked by the vicissitudes of a journey that often puts lives at risk, traumatizes people and destabilizes families. In accompanying migrants, the Church needs a specific pastoral program addressed not only to families that migrate but also to those family members who remain behind. This pastoral activity must be implemented with due respect for their cultures, for the human and religious formation from which they come and for the spiritual richness of their rites and traditions, even by means of a specific pastoral care…


Kenya - police and protesters clash in Nairobi – video


Full English text

Full Chinese text

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

52a: Recording of 52a: 

The foreign debt of poor countries has become a way of controlling them, yet this is not the case where ecological debt is concerned. 

In different ways, developing countries, where the most important reserves of the biosphere are found, continue to fuel the development of richer countries at the cost of their own present and future. 

The land of the southern poor is rich and mostly unpolluted, yet access to ownership of goods and resources for meeting vital needs is inhibited by a system of commercial relations and ownership which is structurally perverse. 

The developed countries ought to help pay this debt by significantly limiting their consumption of non-renewable energy and by assisting poorer countries to support policies and programs of sustainable development



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

020: Recording of 020:

The word of God constantly shows us how God challenges those who believe in him “to go
forth”.

Abraham received the call to set out for a new land (cf. Gen 12:1-3). Moses heard God’s call: “Go, I send you” (Ex 3:10) and led the people towards the promised land (cf. Ex 3:17). To Jeremiah God says: “To all whom I send you, you shall go” (Jer 1:7). 

In our day Jesus’ command to “go and make disciples” echoes in the changing scenarios and ever new challenges to the Church’s mission of evangelization, and all of us are called to take part in this new missionary “going forth”.

Each Christian and every community must discern the path that the Lord points out, but all of us are asked to obey his call to go forth from our own comfort zone in order to reach all the “peripheries” in need of the light of the Gospel.

 


Yesterday after attending a happy May liturgy at the Oblate Primary School in Tokwawan, I walked to Tsim Sha Tsui to the office of the Chinese University for the enrolment of three prison inmates. For some reason the walk took longer than the last time I did it a couple of years ago .... surely not old age?!


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

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

Jesus, today, Wednesday,  please bless the people of East Asia

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

On this
25th of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of
Ningxia

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 25th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of
Comoros

And praying for one Islam-related intention each day of the week:
Jesus, please pacify 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 May 24  

Islam File    The New Translation

"Same-sex marriage" file


                                                                                      

About a week ago I posted a Tanzaian HK inmate's letter on Jamii Forums in East Africa. Item has so far attracted more than 80 comments. Most of them are in Swahili but a few are in English. Swahili comments can be translated by Goole Translate. Some comments say that the letter - and I - are not genuine! Yesterday I posted a reply to try to prove genuineness!  Five pages of comments here

   

                

Let's see if something similar happens here at this Nigerian blog where I've just posted a message about another Nigerian drug mule being arrested at HK airport.


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

Proverbs 6

Idler, go to the ant.  Ponder her ways and grow wise. No one gives her orders, yet she makes sure of her food.

Night and day you spend so much time sleeping. In no time poverty and want will be at your pillow.

Avoid deceitful people, those who have leering lips, winking eyes, shuffling feet, beckoning fingers.

Avoid people with a haughty look
and people who sow dissension.

Do not desire the beauty of your neighbour's wife. Adultery means trouble and disgrace.

Dear God, please give us the wisdom to avoid deceit and dishonesty

Psalm 72

O Lord, please bless the king,
that he might serve your people with justice.

May the mountains bring forth peace for the people and the hills, justice.

The kings of Sheba and Seba bring him gifts. All nations will serve him.

He will save the poor when they cry for help and the needy who are helpless.

He will have pity on the weak and save the lives of the poor.

May every tribe be blessed in him.
May every nation bless his name.

May all the nations know and love you, Lord

Recording 

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


1 Thessalonians 1.1-6

From Paul, Silvanus and Timothy
to the Church of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
in Thessalonika. Wishing you grace and peace

In my prayers for you, I thank God our Father for your faith in action, your work for love, and your persevering hope

When we brought the Good News to you, it came to you not just as words, but as power from the Holy Spirit

By the grace of the Holy Spirit, you accepted the Good News,
despite great opposition from many quarters

Jesus, help people accept the Good News, despite opposition

Recording 

John 13.21-30

Jesus became visibly upset and said to his disciples at the meal
"One of you is going to betray me. It is the one to whom I give a piece of bread  that I have dipped in the dish"

He dipped the piece of bread and gave it to Judas Iscariot. Immediately, Satan entered Judas

Jesus said to Judas "What you are going to do, do quickly". 

Judas left the meal. Night had fallen

Jesus, please don't let me ever be disloyal to you

Recording 


Why people in Hong Kong scoff at China’s grandiose Belt and Road plans


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

45: Recording of 45:

“A great number of children are born out-side of wedlock, many of whom subsequently grow up with just one of their parents or in a blended or reconstituted family… The sexual exploitation of children is yet another scandalous and perverse reality in present-day society. 

Societies experiencing violence due to war, terrorism or the presence of organized crime are witnessing the deterioration of the family, above all in large cities, where, on their outskirts, the so-called phenomenon of ‘street-children’ is on the rise”.28

The sexual abuse of children is all the more scandalous when it occurs in places where they ought to be most safe, particularly in families, schools, communities and Christian institutions.29


Peter Johnstone
(Catholics for Renewal)

 'The Synod on the Family - the start of major reform?

Full English text

Full Chinese text

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

51c: Recording of 51c:

“We note that often the businesses which operate this way are multinationals. 

They do here (in poor countries) what they would never do in developed countries or the so-called first world. 

Generally, after ceasing their activity and withdrawing, they leave behind great human and environmental liabilities such as unemployment, abandoned towns, the depletion of natural reserves, deforestation, the impoverishment of agriculture and local stock breeding, open pits, riven hills, polluted rivers and a handful of social works which are no longer sustainable”.[30]



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

019: Recording of 019: 

Evangelization takes place in obedience to the missionary mandate of Jesus: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Mt 28:19-20).

In these verses we see how the risen Christ sent his followers to preach the Gospel in every time and place, so that faith in him might spread to every corner of the earth.


On this day in 1953
at Guardian Angels Church
Wynnum, Brisbane

My First Communion
Certificate was signed by American Fr Rudolph Blockinger O.F.M. Cap. ,
born 2-8-1886, died 20-12-1969, a missionary in China 1922-1952 ...maybe it was he who planted the China seed in my heart?


This is brilliant!
http://www.drawastickman.com/index.htm


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

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

And praying for one Islam-related intention each day of the week:
Jesus, please pacify 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 May 23      


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

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

Proverbs 4-5

Acquire wisdom, never forget her. Do not desert her. She will keep you safe.

Wisdom is life to those who obtain her, health for the entire body.

Take no notice of a loose-living woman, go nowhere near the door of her house.

Drink the water of your own cistern, fresh water from your own well.

Find joy with the wife you married in your youth, let hers be the love that always holds you captive.

Dear Lord, please give married people the wisdom to stay faithful to each other
My recording of this reading

Psalm 71

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recording 

 


Colossians 4.3-21

Pray for me, in my chains, that I may proclaim the message of Christ as clearly as I should

Be tactful with people who are not Christians. Use friendly conversation with them

Greetings from the believers here with me. Greetings to all the believers in your area

Grace be with you all

Jesus, may my conversation with non-Christians help them know you

Recording 

Today's Gospel:

John 13.1-15

While Jesus and his disciples were eating a meal just before the Passover, Jesus got up from the table, removed his outer clothing,  and wrapped a  towel around his waist as an apron

He then poured water into a basin, and like a slave, began to wash the disciples' feet, wiping them with the towel he was wearing

After washing their feet he said to them "You are right in calling me Master and Lord. If I, then, the Lord and Master, have humbly served you, you should humbly serve one another

I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done for you"

Jesus, please help us to serve other people humbly, just as you humbly served the disciples

Recording 


   Darlene Starrs (Blogger from Canada)

Todays Gospel is the story of the "Rich Young Man" who approaches Jesus with the question:  What must I do to inherit eternal life?  Jesus's answer is that he must keep the commandments and the young man says he's done so.  Jesus then, replies, that the young man must sell all his possessions, give the money to the poor, and then follow Jesus.  The young man goes away sadly as he had too many possessions to part with.  Clearly, the young man did not recognize the "Pearl of Great Price.", otherwise, he might have gone away and sold everything he had to follow Jesus. Whether we are rich like the "Rich Young Man", or not, we are called to follow Jesus. 


 

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

44: Recording of 44:

The lack of dignified or affordable housing often leads to the postponement of formal relationships. 

It should be kept in mind that “the family has the right to decent housing, fitting for family life and commensurate to the number of the members, in a physical environment that provides the basic services for the life of the family and the community”.23 Families and homes go together. 

This makes us see how important it is to insist on the rights of the family and not only those of individuals. The family is a good which society cannot do without, and it ought to be protected.24

 “The Church has always held it part of her mission to promote marriage and the family and to defend them against those who attack them”,25 especially today, when they are given scarce attention in political agendas. Families have the right to “to be able to count on an adequate family policy on the part of public authorities in the juridical, economic, social and fiscal domains”.26 

At times families suffer terribly when, faced with the illness of a loved one, they lack access to adequate health care, or struggle to find dignified employment. “Economic constraints prohibit a family’s access to education, cultural activities and involvement in the life of society. In many ways, the present-day economic situation is keeping people from participating in society. Families, in particular, suffer from problems related to work, where young people have few possibilities and job offers are very selective and insecure. Workdays are long and oftentimes made more burdensome by extended periods away from home. This situation does not help family members to gather together or parents to be with their children in such a way as to nurture their relationships each day”.27

 


Chief of ‘Islamic Vatican’ set to meet Pope tomorrow in Rome

 

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

51b: Recording of 51b:

There is a pressing need to calculate the use of environmental space throughout the world for depositing gas residues which have been accumulating for two centuries and have created a situation which currently affects all the countries of the world. 

The warming caused by huge consumption on the part of some rich countries has repercussions on the poorest areas of the world, especially Africa, where a rise in temperature, together with drought, has proved devastating for farming. 

There is also the damage caused by the export of solid waste and toxic liquids to developing countries, and by the pollution produced by companies which operate in less developed countries in ways they could never do at home, in the countries in which they raise their capital

 


Hitching a ride with Hitler - Nairobi's unpredictable colourful buses

Now you know why I travelled like this when I was in Nairobi!


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

18: Recording of 18:

I have dealt extensively with these topics, with a detail which some may find excessive. But I have done so, not with the intention of providing an exhaustive treatise but simply as a way of showing their important practical implications for the Church’s mission today.

All of them help give shape to a definite style of evangelization which I ask you to adopt in every activity which you undertake.

In this way, we can take up, amid our daily efforts, the biblical exhortation: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say: Rejoice” (Phil 4:4).

 


Dubai-based Nigerian arrested with cocaine concealed in underwear, socks

10 years ago today

2006-05-23 Visit to Ricci School, Marco Polo, CAS, Xavier, Ricci Memorial Center by OMI
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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
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On this 23rd of the month, Jesus please bless the people of
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 May 22         Trinity Sunday  

     

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"Same-sex marriage" file

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. Amen

Trinity symbol - a fan!


This is what people voted for ...."people get the leaders they deserve"?

 Philippine police offered money to kill criminals

 


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

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

c.f. Readings for Trinity Sunday

Proverbs 7-8

To Wisdom say "My sister".
Call Perception your dearest friend.

Wisdom says: "The Lord created me before time began. I was by his side, delighting him day after day.

Happy those who keep my ways.
Happy those who listen to me.

Whoever finds me finds life. I am more precious than silver or gold."

Dear Lord, please help me to be a friend of Wisdom
My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 8

How great is your name, O Lord our God, through all the earth.

When I see the heavens, the work of your hands, the moon and stars which you have arranged, then I stop and think: what are we insignificant humans that you should care about us?

Yet you have put us in charge of the world. Everything is subject to our control.

How great is your name, O Lord our God, through all the earth

Recording 

 

 

Romans 5.1-5

By faith and through Jesus we can live in the friendship of God

We look forward to heaven and an end to all suffering

In the meantime our suffering teaches us patience. Patience produces perseverance. Perseverance produces hope

This hope is not imaginary. It's real, since the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us

Jesus, through your Holy Spirit, please give me more hope

Recording  

Daniel Daring:  

Only One God, the Most Holy Trinity   “The fact that some happen to doubt about articles of faith is not due to the uncertain nature of the truths, but to the weakness of human intelligence” (St. Thomas Aquinas Chinese text

John 16.7-33

Jesus said to his disciples at the meal "I will leave you soon. After I go, I will send the New Friend to you. The New Friend will teach you all about right and wrong. The New Friend will help you know the truth about everything

You are sad now because I am leaving you. But I will see you again, and your hearts will be full of joy. No one will be able to take that joy from you

I have told you all these things so that you may find peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but be brave: I have conquered the world

Jesus, thank you for your peace, your joy, and your Holy Spirit

Recording  

 


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

43: (Recording of 43:

The weakening of faith and religious practice in some societies has an effect on families, leaving them more isolated amid their difficulties.

The Synod Fathers noted that “one symptom of the great poverty of contemporary culture is loneliness, arising from the absence of God in a person’s life and the fragility of relationships.

There is also a general feeling of powerlessness in the face of socio-cultural realities that often-times end up crushing families… Families often feel abandoned due to a lack of interest and attention on the part of institutions.

The negative impact on the social order is clear, as seen in the demographic crisis, in the difficulty of raising children, in a hesitancy to welcome new life, in a tendency to see older persons as a burden, and in an increase of emotional problems and out-breaks of violence. The State has the responsibility to pass laws and create work to ensure the future of young people and help them realize their plan of forming a family”.22


Zika strain from Americas now in West Africa

 

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

51a: Recording of 51a:

Inequity affects not only individuals but entire countries; it compels us to consider an ethics of international relations. 

A true “ecological debt” exists, particularly between the global north and south, connected to commercial imbalances with effects on the environment, and the disproportionate use of natural resources by certain countries over long periods of time. 

The export of raw materials to satisfy markets in the industrialized north has caused harm locally, as for example in mercury pollution in gold mining or sulphur dioxide pollution in copper mining.

 



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

017: Recording of 017:

Here I have chosen to present some guidelines which can encourage and guide the whole Church in a new phase of evangelization, one marked by enthusiasm and vitality. In this context, and on the basis of the teaching of the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium, I have decided, among other themes, to discuss at length the following questions:

a) the reform of the Church in her missionary outreach;
b
) the temptations faced by pastoral workers;
c
) the Church, understood as the entire People of God which evangelizes;
d
) the homily and its preparation;
e
) the inclusion of the poor in society;
f
) peace and dialogue within society;
g
) the spiritual motivations for mission.


10 years ago
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2006-05-22 Children from Ricci Cenetr for School-less Children at Ricci Memorial Center
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Hour of Love  HK radio program 9.05pm HK time each Sunday night
- with messages about African inmates in HK prisons (c. 9.25pm)

True story for Trinity Sunday: once at Mass I said to a group of local HK Chinese children that we can talk to Jesus any time, 24-7, Jesus'  phone is always turned on, we don't need his number. Then a little boy said "but I know Jesus' phone number". Surprised old priest asked "what is it?"  Little boy, blessing himself, "In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit"!


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

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

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

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This website's Tanzania File
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  Saturday May 21    

In this week after Pentecost,
 let's each day pray the beautiful

 
Pentecost Sequence

Today is the feast day of Eugene de Mazenod who died on this day in 1861 in France

As a young priest, Eugene nearly died after contracting typhus from prison ministry. He founded the Oblates of Mary Immaculte (O.M.I.), 
a congregation with a preference for the poor 

St Eugene de Mazenod pray for us! 

Monthly prayer meeting for sick:

Tomorrow, Sunday May 22

3pm to 5pm

St Paul's Catholic Primary School, YMT

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

Proverbs 3

Let kindness and loyalty never leave you. Tie them around your neck.

In everything you do, keep God in mind. He will help you take the right path.

Love God and turn your back on evil. This will give good health to your body.

Do not refuse a kindness to anyone who asks, if it is in your power to help them.

Lord, please help us to be kind to everyone

My recording of this reading

Psalms 69-70

Save me, O God, for the waters have risen to my neck. I am sinking fast and can't keep afloat much longer.

So many people hate me without cause. I have no more strength to resist them.

May my situation not cause anyone to lose faith in you. May people realize that it is for your sake that I am taunted.

Taunts have broken my heart.
No one shows me any compassion.

For food they give me poison. In my thirst they give me vinegar to drink.

Lord, do not hide your face from your servant. Answer quickly for I am in distress.

You are my rescuer, my help, O God. O Lord, do not delay to help me.

O God come to our  assistance. Lord make haste to help us

Recording  

Colossians 3.18 - 4.1

Wives and husbands, understand and support each other.

Children, be obedient to your parents.

Parents, treat your children fairly or else they will rebel

Slaves, be obedient and respectful to your owners. Offer up your work to the Lord, our Heavenly Owner

Owners, be just and fair to your slaves. Remember your Heavenly Owner

Jesus,  help families to live together in harmony

Recording  

 

 

 

 

John 12.42-46

Many people believed in Jesus, even some important people, but they did not admit it, through fear of being expelled from the prayer hall. They put honor from people before the honor that comes from God

Jesus said openly "I, the light, have come into the world, so that whoever believes in me, need not stay in the dark any more"

Jesus, true Light of the world, please help me put honor from you before honor from people

Recording  

 

 


Silence far from golden for child labourers in the mines of Uganda
“[We] take it to Kampala and sell mostly to Indians, who then export it to China and Dubai,” 

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

42: Recording of 42:

Furthermore, “the decline in population, due to a mentality against having children and promoted by the world politics of reproductive health, creates not only a situation in which the relationship between generations is no longer ensured but also the danger that, over time, this decline will lead to economic impoverishment and a loss of hope in the future.

 The development of bio-technology has also had a major impact on the birth rate”.18 Added to this are other factors such as “industrialization, the sexual revolution, the fear of overpopulation and economic problems… Consumerism may also deter people from having children, simply so they can maintain a certain freedom and life-style”.19 

The upright consciences of spouses who have been generous in transmitting life may lead them, for sufficiently serious reasons, to limit the number of their children, yet precisely “for the sake of this dignity of conscience, the Church strongly rejects the forced State intervention in favour of contraception, sterilization and even abortion”.20 

Such measures are unacceptable even in places with high birth rates, yet also in countries with disturbingly low birth rates we see politicians encouraging them. As the bishops of Korea have said, this is “to act in a way that is self-contradictory and to neglect one’s duty”.21


It's time to be honest about Pope Francis and women

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Australian dairy farmers are facing a daily struggle - please step in urgently

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

50: Recording of 50: 

Instead of resolving the problems of the poor and thinking of how the world can be different, some can only propose a reduction in the birth rate. At times, developing countries face forms of international pressure which make economic assistance contingent on certain policies of “reproductive health”. 

Yet “while it is true that an unequal distribution of the population and of available resources creates obstacles to development and a sustainable use of the environment, it must nonetheless be recognized that demographic growth is fully compatible with an integral and shared development”.[28] 

To blame population growth instead of extreme and selective consumerism on the part of some, is one way of refusing to face the issues. It is an attempt to legitimize the present model of distribution, where a minority believes that it has the right to consume in a way which can never be universalized, since the planet could not even contain the waste products of such consumption. Besides, we know that approximately a third of all food produced is discarded, and “whenever food is thrown out it is as if it were stolen from the table of the poor”.[29]

 Still, attention needs to be paid to imbalances in population density, on both national and global levels, since a rise in consumption would lead to complex regional situations, as a result of the interplay between problems linked to environmental pollution, transport, waste treatment, loss of resources and quality of life.


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

017: Recording of 017: 

I have chosen to present some guidelines which can encourage and guide the whole Church in a new phase of evangelization, one marked by enthusiasm and vitality

 


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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
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
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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
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- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

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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"

 

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Pope Francis:
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