Pope's Encyclical:
The Joy of the Gospel

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DG - Since August 3, 2013, this website has saved many dozens of Africans from going to prison in HK. 
See "Drugs", below.     Today: new letter from an inmate

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Imitating Pope Francis Franc


 

 

 Thursday  July 24 

 

July:  Month of the
  Precious Blood of Jesus

 


Stateless in HK
and happy to be

Israeli troops should have been able to tell slain Gaza children not Hamas members, Israeli colonel says

No, it won't do - Chris McDonnell (UK)
There on a narrow, coastal strip of land,
caught between hot desert sand and cooling sea, cries conscience 

"No safe place for civilians" in Gaza, says UN,
as child death toll reaches 149 
     

        How Israel turned tragedy into opportunity
       
- a cover-up re "kidnapping" of 3 Israeli teenagers?

             c.f. NY Times: Rumor and Leaks Fill a Void as Israel Silences Press Over Killings


Bible Blog

A four-course menu

I Kings 22: 

Some false prophets encouraged the king of Israel and the king of Judah to go to war.

Micah, a true prophet of the Lord,
warned the kings
not to go to war.

The men of Israel and Judah were defeated in the war. Ahab, the king of Israel, died in the war.

Dear Lord, please protect leaders from "hawkish" advisers!

Psalm 124:

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

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

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

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

Our life, like a bird, has escaped
from the snare of the hunter. Indeed the snare has been broken
and we have
escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth. 

Thank you God for helping us escape: from sorrow, guilt, anxiety, sickness ... and from death

Acts 2:

Peter said to the crowd "You know that Jesus of Nazareth was a man from God. You know all about the miracles he worked

This same Jesus has been raised from the dead by God. There are many witnesses to his resurrection

Jesus has been taken up to God's right hand. He has received the Holy Spirit from the Father. He has poured out the Holy Spirit on us

Know for sure that Jesus whom you crucified is the Messiah and he is Lord"

Jesus, Messiah Lord, please pour your Holy Spirit into my heart

Matthew 14:

Not long after Jesus began traveling and teaching, King Herod arrested John the Baptist and put him in prison.

This was because John had told Herod he was breaking the Law
by living with Herodias,  his brother's wife.

During a birthday party for Herod,
the daughter of Herodias danced. Her dancing so pleased Herod
that he said he would give her anything she wanted.

Herodias told her to ask for the head of John the Baptist on a dish.
Herod then had John beheaded.

John's disciples came and buried the body.

Jesus, please give the world good leaders, and protect people from bad leaders like Herod

 


Do you hear the people sing? - note the words of auxiliary bishop-elect Joseph Ha O.F.M.
He added that although the day may come when tanks may roll and soldiers may demand the people’s silence, on this day they could rally in peace. He encouraged people to make the most of the peaceful rally ... not all will be called to be martyrs if the day of violence ever comes. He expressed the hope that the day when guns are pointed at the people will never come and that the government will hear the people sing as they raise their voices in peace   (he's talking about Hong Kong!)


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Benedict-me-cardinals-three.jpg (60147 bytes) Magnanimous memoir of a 'dead canary' bishop
The recent book by Bishop Bill Morris, replete with documentary evidence,
tells the story of a canary caught in the shafts of Vatican culture

c.f.
this website's special file: The unjust treatment of Bishop Bill Morris

Laos group to be 'fast tracked' for martyr recognition
- group includes a number of Oblates of Mary Immaculate

What is the Philippines' Iglesia ni Cristo? 
 Primer on this powerful sect by Cardinal Orlie Quevedo O.M.I.


An unlikely alliance
The crisis in Iraq offers Iran and Saudi Arabia common cause for a mutually beneficial arrangement, 
and a rare opportunity to stabilise the region

Why is Pope Francis spending so much time going after the Mafia?

???

Representing Israeli frustration at external criticism of its operation in Gaza, Israel's ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, controversially suggested Israel should be awarded the Nobel peace prize for "fighting with unimaginable restraint". He told a meeting of Christians United For Israel in Washington: "Some are shamelessly accusing Israel of genocide and would put us in the dock for war crimes. But the truth is that the Israel Defence Forces should be given… a Nobel Peace Prize for fighting with unimaginable restraint."

On the 15th day of fighting, the death toll in Gaza topped 600 with more than 3,700 injured.  (In this Guardian report)


From A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power
by former US president Jimmy Carter:

Page 62:
 The Carter Center has monitored elections in Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Tunisia, Indonesia, Palestine and Sudan, and we have assisted in preparation for elections in Bangladesh. In all these countries, as well as in Algeria, Iraq, Oman, Kuwait, morocco, Syria, Mauritania, Yemen and a number of others where Sharia law has a major influence, women and men have equal voting rights. There is no religious impediment to equal political rights for women ordained in the Koran.

Page 63: Saudi Arabia is a special case when dealing with the issue of gender equality. Saudi women have never been granted voting rights ...

Page 63: ...in 2002, Crown Prince (now King) Abdullah proposed an offer of peace with Israel based on recognition of the pre-1967 border between Israel and Palestine, which was supported by all Arab leaders and subsequently for the 56 Islamic nations (including Iran)


* China censors reports as former President Jiang Zemin compared to giant inflatable toad

* When I was giving out Bibles etc in a detention centre last Tuesday afternoon, suddenly and without any warning there was an incredible flash of lighting and an instantaneous terrifying clap of thunder right above the centre....the start of a severe storm. Sure was good for my business! (See this chart, July 22, 14:00 to 16:59)


Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel    Full text     Summary

229: This principle, drawn from the Gospel, reminds us that Christ has made all things one in himself: heaven and earth, God and man, time and eternity, flesh and spirit, person and society.  The sign of this unity and reconciliation of all things in him is peace. Christ “is our peace” (Eph 2:14 ).

The Gospel message always begins with a greeting of peace, and peace at all times crowns and confirms the relations between the disciples.

 Peace is possible because the Lord has overcome the world and its constant conflict “by making peace through the blood of his cross”  

But if we look more closely at these biblical texts, we find that the locus of this reconciliation of differences is within ourselves, in our own lives, ever threatened as they are by fragmentation and breakdown.  If hearts are shattered in thousands of pieces, it is not easy to create authentic peace in society.

New letter (in Swahili with English summary) from a Tanzanian inmate in a HK prison
- warning people about the drug enforcers

This website's Tanzania File (last updated July 24)
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)


John W  mini-Blog:

In the case of both MH17 and the latest Gaza invasion, the media/internet has become an on-going battle ground as people from opposite sides try to put their version of the facts. Obvious lies are easy to spot:
- "Ukraine shot down MH17"
- "Israeli soldiers should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for fighting with unimaginable restraint" 

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 Africa

And join me 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

 

 

 

 

 

National Day of Egypt

 

 Wednesday  July 23 

 

July:  Month of the
  Precious Blood of Jesus

 

Stop the violence
 in Gaza

(I have signed this petition)

Letter from Gaza by a Norwegian doctor
And as I write these words to you, alone, on a bed, my tears flow, the warm but useless tears of pain and grief, of anger and fear. This is not happening! And then, just now, the orchestra of the Israeli war-machine starts its gruesome symphony again, just now: salvos of artillery from the navy boats just down on the shores, the roaring F16, the sickening drones, and the cluttering Apaches. So much made in and paid by the US.  Mr. Obama - do you have a heart? I invite you - spend one night - just one night - with us in Shifa. Disguised as a cleaner, maybe. I am convinced, 100%, it would change history.

This report says how ten Israeli human rights organisations have written to the attorney general to raise concerns about grave violations of international law in the conflict. Same report also has these lines:
On Monday, 25 members of the Abu Jame' family were killed when Israeli forces struck a house near Khan Younis, apparently without warning, the Israeli human rights organisation B'Tselem said. A Hamas militant was also killed.
The dead included 18 children and five women, three of whom were pregnant. The family was eating iftar, the meal that breaks the Ramadan fast


Bible Blog

A four-course menu

I Kings 20-21: 

King Ahab wanted the vineyard of Naboth, but Naboth refused to sell his ancestral inheritance.

Ahab's wife Jezebel then had Naboth murdered and Ahab took the vineyard.

The prophet Elijah  confronted Ahab for his crime. Ahab then repented of his crime.

Dear God, please help us respect other people's property

Psalm 123: Let's pray this psalm on behalf of the people of Gaza ....the words apply to them!

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

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

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

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

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

Lord, please help the people of Gaza!

Acts 2:

When  people heard the apostles' group speaking in many different languages, some said the apostles were drunk

Peter stood up with the Eleven and said to the crowd: These people are not drunk. It's only 9am....too early to drink. What is happening is what God said through the prophet Joel:

'I, the Lord, will pour out my spirit on all peoples. They will prophesy and see visions. I will pour out my spirit on everyone'

Come Holy Spirit, fall afresh on all peoples, all nations

Matthew 13:

One day Jesus went to Nazareth, his home town. In the prayer hall there he taught the local people.

But the local people would not accept him.  They said "Where did he get such  wisdom and miraculous power? He is just a carpenter's son. His mother is that woman called Mary.

His brothers are James, Joseph, Simon and Jude. His sisters are here, too.  He's nobody special."

Jesus said to them "A prophet is despised only in his own country and his own house.".

And he did not work many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

Jesus, please give me more faith in you, and don't let me reject people


Chris McDonnell (Wed UK blogger)
A Thursday in July
The news gradually filtered through last Thursday of the loss of MH17, blown apart in the sky, high over Eastern Ukraine , carrying 298 people. There were no survivors. Since then recriminations, claim and counter claim, have been made. I will not add to it. Enough to offer the words below, written that Thursday afternoon and on the following Friday morning.


Hong Kong's hidden shame: Why is foreign domestic worker abuse so rampant?

World War I's Pope Benedict XV and the pursuit of peace
The first four years of Pope Benedict XV's papacy were consumed by unsuccessful attempts to stop a war he called "the suicide of civilized Europe."


Central American ganglands spark child refugee crisis

A broken state
After all the human and material costs, the time has come for the West to acknowledge their role in the mess that is Iraq today.

The truth about Israel's new war on Gaza – the energy rush
(below Gaza are billions of dollars worth of gas)

     An Israeli peace website:  www.peacenow.org (recommended by a reader in Australia)


From A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power
by former US president Jimmy Carter:

Pages 53-56:
 These pages have a copy of Jimmy Carter's famous 2009 piece in the New York Times:
Just War -- or a Just War?, published just before the invasion of Iraq 
(... his words apply to Israel in Gaza!) 

Page 60-61: The beautiful story of Carter's mother serving in the Peace Corps in India, at the age of 70! A story with a really happy ending:   (click to enlarge)
2014-07-23Call-to-Action60.jpg (239287 bytes)   2014-07-23Call-to-Action61.jpg (262351 bytes)


 

"A sound legal system and a clean business environment are the ultimate solutions to corruption"
 - China's ambassador to Tanzania.
He said the Chinese government exercised zero-tolerance on corruption.  (in this report)

c.f.r. this Wikipedia article:  Corruption in China ..which is why one HK newspaper editorial recently quoted an historian as saying that the present Communist Party government is the most corrupt government in the long history of China ....which is why to say it exercises "zero-tolerance" on corruption is a (small?) exaggeration. And for a country where the rule of law is a farce, to tell another country to have a sound legal system ...is "a bit rich" 


Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel    Full text     Summary

229: In this way it becomes possible to build communion amid disagreement, but this can only be achieved by those great persons who are willing to go beyond the surface of the conflict and to see others in their deepest dignity.

 This requires acknowledging a principle indispensable to the building of friendship in society: namely, that unity is greater than conflict.

 Solidarity, in its deepest and most challenging sense, thus becomes a way of making history in a life setting where conflicts, tensions and oppositions can achieve a diversified and life-giving unity

This is not to opt for a kind of syncretism, or for the absorption of one into the other, but rather for a resolution which takes place on a higher plane and preserves what is valid and useful on both sides.

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 South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)


John W  mini-Blog:

At the time of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Oblate Superior General Fr Wilhelm Steckling wrote Longing for Peace, a reflection encouraging people to do two things re the war:
1. Stay informed
2. Pray

Fr Steckling's words apply to the present tragic situation in Gaza. His reflection is well worth reading, especially when we might be tempted to think "there's nothing I can do".

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 Africa

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

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

 

 

 

 

Bible Blog

A four-course menu

For Feast of Mary Magdalen

Song 3: 

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

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

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

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

 

Psalm 62:

O God, you are my God, for you I long;  for you my soul is thirsting.

My body pines for you  like a dry, weary land without water.

So I gaze on you in the sanctuary to see your strength and your glory.

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

So I will bless you all my life, in your name I will lift up my hands.

My soul shall be filled as with a banquet, my mouth shall praise you with joy.

For you have been my help; in the shadow of your wings I rejoice.

My soul clings to you; your right hand holds me fast.

 

2 Cor 5: 


The love of Christ overwhelms us when we reflect that if one man has died for all, then all people  should be dead; 

and the reason he died for all was so that living people should live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised to life for them.

From now onwards, therefore, we do not judge anyone by the standards of the flesh.

Even if we did once know Christ in the flesh, that is not how we know him now.

 And for anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation; the old creation has gone, and now the new one is here.

            

John 20: 

Mary of Magdala stayed outside near the tomb, weeping. Then she saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Jesus had been. They said, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ 

‘They have taken my Lord away’ she replied ‘and I don’t know where they have put him.’

 As she said this she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, though she did not recognise him. Jesus said, "Who are you looking for?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said, ‘Sir, if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and remove him.’ 

Jesus said, ‘Mary!’ She knew him then and said to him ‘Rabbuni!’ (Master). 



From A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power
by former US president Jimmy Carter:

Page 37:
There were just three state executions in the US while I was governor and president....but there have been 1,359 since 1980

Page 38: ...the homicide rate is nearly three times greater in the US than in any Western European country, all without the death penalty

Pages 41- 51: Appalling statistics about the rape of women on US university campuses and in the armed services


An 85 year old couple, having been married almost 60 years, died in a car crash. They had been in good health the last ten years mainly due to her interest in health food, and exercise. When they reached the pearly gates, St. Peter took them to their mansion, which was decked out with a beautiful kitchen and master bath suite and Jacuzzi. As they "oohed and aahed" the old man asked Peter how much all this was going to cost. "It's free," St. Peter replied, "this is Heaven."

Next they went out back to survey the championship golf course that the home backed up to. They would have golfing privileges everyday and each week the course changed to a new one representing the great golf courses on earth. The old man asked, "what are the green fees?". St. Peter said, "This is heaven, you play for free."

Next they went to the club house and saw the lavish buffet lunch with the cuisines of the world laid out. "How much is it to eat?" asked the old man. 
"Don't you understand yet? This is heaven, it is free!" St. Peter replied with some exasperation. "Well, where are the low fat and low cholesterol tables?" the old man asked timidly. St. Peter lectured, "That's the best part...you can eat as much as you like of whatever you like and you never get fat and you never get sick. This is Heaven."

After hearing that the old man went into a fit of anger, throwing down his hat and stomping on it, and shrieking wildly. St. Peter and the wife both tried to calm him down, asking what was wrong. The old man looked at his wife and said, "This is all your fault. If it weren't for your bran muffins, I could have been here ten years ago!"


Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel    Full text     Summary

227:

When conflict arises, some people simply look at it and go their way as if nothing happened; they wash their hands of it and get on with their lives.

Others embrace it in such a way that they become its prisoners; they lose their bearings, project onto institutions their own confusion and dissatisfaction and thus make unity impossible. 

But there is also a third way, and it is the best way to deal with conflict. It is the willingness to face conflict head on, to resolve it and to make it a link in the chain of a new process. “Blessed are the peacemakers!” 

 

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 South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)


John W  mini-Blog:

MH17 has taken a lot of media focus from Gaza. 
But how can we not continue to experience great sadness at what is happening in Gaza. Gaza is an on-going MH17.

Yesterday I used my Visa card to make a donation to this website for being a voice for the trampled people of Gaza

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 Africa

And join me 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

 

 

 

 
These articles could have been written yesterday:

Stop the U.S.-backed war on Gaza!

How to stop the Middle East craziness in Israel, Palestine, Gaza

This one was written yesterday:
'Death and horror' in Gaza
- Shame, Israel. Shame, Shame!

Gaza's troubled history:
- at bottom of this article

National Day of Belgium

 

 Monday  July 21 

 

July:  Month of the
  Precious Blood of Jesus


Bible Blog

A four-course menu

1 Kings 19:

Elijah once spent a night in a cave.
The Lord then told him to stand at the mouth of the cave.

Then there was a mighty wind that shattered trees and rocks.
But the Lord was not in the wind.

Then there was an earthquake.
But the Lord was not in the earthquake.

Then there was a gentle breeze.
And the Lord was in the breeze.

Lord, help us be aware of your presence in things small and great

Psalm 123:

I rejoiced when I heard them say
"Let us go to God's house."

And now our feet are standing 
within your gates, O Jerusalem.

For the peace of Jerusalem pray
"Peace be to your homes."

For love of the house of the Lord
I will ask for your good.

Lord, please give peace to all parts of the Holy Land, especially "the City of Peace", Jerusalem

Acts 2:

About ten days after Jesus' ascension to heaven was the Feast of Pentecost. Jesus' 12 apostles, his mother, several other women, and his brothers were together in one room

Suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind. Tongues of fire appeared and came to rest on the head of each of them

They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages

Come Holy Spirit, fall afresh on us. Fall afresh on our world

                         

Matthew 13:

Jesus said to the people:

The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed. It's the smallest of all seeds. But it becomes a big bush,  then a big tree that the birds live in.

The kingdom of heaven is like yeast which leavens flour.

The kingdom of heaven is like  treasure in a field. Someone finds it, then sells all they have to buy the field.

The kingdom of heaven is like a fishing net that catches all sorts of fish. Good fish are put in a basket. Useless fish are thrown away.
So at the end of time, bad people will be thrown into hell.

Jesus, may your kingdom come, your will be done

 


Darlene Starrs (Blogger from Canada)

Women bishops
Isn’t it sad that bestowing one of the highest offices of the Church to a woman,
could create such a problem? Really, quite ridiculous!


Chris McDonnell  (Blogger from UK - article in The Tablet - need subscription)
One man, two vocations
The possibility of married priests appears to be nudging its way on to Rome’s agenda.
Here, a leading advocate of change argues that mandatory celibacy should be set aside

Recommended by 
a reader in Australia

Questions why Malaysian plane flew over Ukrainian warzone

c.f. Ukraine responsible for airspace safety: IATA
Cash-strapped Ukrainian government was receiving overflight fees for each commercial flight above its territory and therefore had a financial incentive to keep the airspace open as long as possible


John Allen 

‘FOBs’ driving the train under Pope Francis
Also: Christian fear in Gaza, controversy in Korea, and Allen Down Under (Melbourne July 24)

India’s Modi and Jaitley Slow Off the Mark

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

From A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power
by former US president Jimmy Carter:

Page 35:
 Despite the proliferation of excessive imprisonments, the number of pardons by U.S. presidents has also been dramatically reduced. I issued 534 pardons in my four-year term, and in their eight-year terms Ronald Reagan issued 393, Bill Clinton 396, and George W. Bush 189, but in his first term Barack Obama issued only 23

Page 36: In October 2013 the United nations special rapporteur on violence against women ....reported a substantial increase in the proportion of women being incarcerated globally compared to men, and stated that conditions of their imprisonment are more severe than those faced by men. ....The special rapporteur stated "Current domestic and international anti-drug policies are one of the leading causes of rising rates of incarceration of women around the world..."


On July 7, 1807, two emperors - Napoleon (France) and Alexander II (Russia) - met on a raft in the middle of the river Nieman ....to make a Franco-Russian treaty aimed at capturing India from Britain. But the British were not caught unawares. They had hidden one of their informers, a disillusioned Russian aristocrat, beneath the barge, his ankles dangling in the river. Braving the cold, he was able to hear every word, and he sent a message to London ....which let the British take steps to thwart the Franco-Russian plan. (From Return of a King by William Dalrymple, pages 5-7)

Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel    Full text     Summary

226:

Conflict cannot be ignored or concealed. It has to be faced. But if we remain trapped in conflict, we lose our perspective, our horizons shrink and reality itself begins to fall apart. In the midst of conflict, we lose our sense of the profound unity of reality.

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 South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)


John W  mini-Blog:

Some day, in the next life if not in this one, the Israeli leadership responsible for crimes against humanity will have a day in court

Yes, Palestinian fighters also have killed Israelis, just like Chinese fighters killed invading Japanese in World War II

The US is letting Israel get away with murder in Gaza

The US is sponsoring terrorism in Gaza

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

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

Jesus, today, Monday,  please bless the people of Africa

And join me 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

 

 

 

 

Pope phones Peres and Abbas: 
seek an end to hostilities

A father opens a plastic bag:
 'This is my son,' he says

Palestinian death toll more than 300
 as Israel invades Gaza
 

 National Day of Colombia

July:  Month of the Precious Blood of Jesus

 Sunday  July 20 

Reflection on Gaza invasion - John W

God, give eternal life to those who died in the MH17 tragedy, give consolation to their families, give peace to Ukraine, give wisdom to airline companies to put safety before profit


Bible Blog

A four-course menu

Readings for "16th Sunday"

Wisdom 12: 

Lord,  your sovereignty over all makes you lenient to all.

You show your strength when your sovereign power is questioned, and you expose the insolence of those who know it

But disposing of such strength, you are mild in judgement; you govern us with great lenience

By acting thus you have taught us a lesson: how we must be kind to others.

And you have given us the hope that if we sin, you will forgive us

Lord, may I be as patient and forgiving towards others as you are to me

Psalm 85:

O Lord, you are good and forgiving,  full of love to all who call. Give heed, O Lord, to my prayer and attend to the sound of my voice.

All the nations shall come to adore you and glorify your name O Lord: for you are great and do marvellous deeds, you who alone are God.

But you, God of mercy and compassion, slow to anger, abounding in love and truth, turn and take pity on me.

O Lord, you are good and forgiving

Reflection by Daniel Daring:
Let both grow till harvest

God is charity and He is merciful. He does not want to see even one seed of wheat become uprooted.

The "Good Thief" on the Cross, turned out to be wheat at the last moment of his life

Romans 8:

The Spirit comes to help us in our weakness. For when we cannot choose words in order to pray properly, the Spirit  expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words.

And God who knows everything in our hearts, knows perfectly well what the Spirit means, and that the pleas of the saints expressed by the Spirit are according to the mind of God.

Spirit of the Living God, 
fall afresh on us!



Wheat and weeds

             

Matthew 13:

Jesus told the people another story:
The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. An enemy came and sowed weeds in the same field.

When the good seed sprouted, so did the weeds. The man's servants asked if they should get rid of the weeds.

"No", said the man, "you might damage the good seed if you do that. Let them both grow till harvest time. Then burn the weeds."

Then Jesus explained his story:
"I am the sower. The field is the world. The good seed stands for people of good will. The weeds stand for people of bad will. The enemy is Satan.

At the end of the world, the Son of Man will send his angels to sort out the good and the bad people.
Bad people will go to hell.  Good people will go to heaven".

Jesus, please protect good people from bad people ....and please control the weeds in my own life


Battle for Ukraine

FRONTLINE look at the deep-seated hatreds between Ukrainian nationalists and pro-Russia separatists,
offering unique insight into who's who, what they're fighting about, and what's at stake


Convert, pay tax, or die, Islamic State warns Christians

    Eight months after typhoon Haiyan

 

From A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power
by former US president Jimmy Carter:

Pages 33-35:
 I began to visit the state prisons and found terrible discrimination against poor, black and mentally handicapped people. Some had been in solitary confinement for several years. ....I initiated an overhaul of our policies. ...I explored ways to decrease the number of imprisoned citizens.

At that time, in the 1970's, only one in a thousand Americans was in prison, but our nation's focus has turned increasingly to punishment, not rehabilitation. During the past three decades, extended incarceration of people convicted of drug abuse and other nonviolent crimes has replaced an emphasis on rehabilitation .... There are now more than five times as many American inmates ...as when I was president, and the number of incarcerated black women has increased by 800 percent!  


Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel    Full text     Summary

24: (c.f. today's Gospel) An evangelizing community is also supportive, standing by people at every step of the way, no matter how difficult or lengthy this may prove to be...... Evangelization consists mostly of patience and disregard for constraints of time..... It cares for the grain and does not grow impatient at the weeds

The sower, when he sees weeds sprouting among the grain does not grumble or overreact. He or she finds a way to let the word take flesh in a particular situation and bear fruits of new life, however imperfect or incomplete these may appear.

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 South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)


John W  mini-Blog:

Yesterday I watched John Pilger's documentary Palestine is still the issue (in English with Spanish subtitles). Documentary shows that Israel in no way will agree to a Palestine state. Israel's aim is the elimination/removal of Palestinians from the Holy Land. Which is genocide. Which is what the Nazis did to World War Two Jews. 

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 join me 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

 

 

 

 

 

        July:  Month of the Precious Blood of Jesus

     Saturday  July 19            

    Moving documentary video by John Pilger:     Palestine is still the issue
(in English with Spanish subtitles)

    Campaign to disinvest from Israel  

God, give eternal life to those who died in the MH17 tragedy, give consolation to their families, give peace to Ukraine, give wisdom to airline companies to put safety before profit


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1 Kings 19:

In the 3rd year of drought, the Lord sent Elijah to speak to Ahab.
Elijah got Ahab to gather all the people and all the prophets of Baal  on Mount Carmel.

Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal to produce fire to consume a sacrificed bull. Elijah mocked the false prophets as they ranted and raved and cut themselves, but produced no fire for their bull.

Then Elijah got the people to pour water on his bull and he prayed to God to hear his prayer. A fire from heaven then consumed the bull
and the people acknowledged the Lord as God.

Elijah then told Ahab there would soon be rain, and the sky grew dark and produced torrents of rain.

Dear God, please help people not to follow false gods


Psalms 120-121:

I call to the  Lord in the hour of my distress: "Lord save me from people who speak with lying lips".

Long enough have I been dwelling with those who hate peace. I am for peace, but they are for fighting.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains.
From where shall come my help?

My help shall come from the Lord
who made heaven and earth.

The Lord is our guard and our shade. Day and night we shall not be afraid. 

The Lord will guard our going and coming, both now and forever.

Lord, please protect us from danger, day and night



 

Acts 1:

During these days, Peter spoke to a group of about 120 disciples:

"As you know, Judas hanged himself after betraying Jesus. We must now choose someone to take Judas' place, someone who has been with us since the time when John was baptizing"

Two men were nominated, Joseph and Matthias. After prayer was offered, Matthias was chosen. He was listed as one of the 12 apostles

Jesus, please protect your church from betrayal and disloyalty

Matthew 13:

One day Jesus told the people this story: A farmer was planting seeds in his field. Some seeds fell on the path. Birds ate them. Some seeds fell on rocky ground. They became sickly plants, without roots, and died. Some seeds fell among thorns. When they became plants, they were choked by the thorns. Some seeds fell on good soil and produced a rich harvest.

People who hear God's word without good will are like the seeds on the path. They are easy prey for Satan. People who hear God's word only superficially are like the seeds on rocky ground. As soon as difficulties come, such people easily give up. People who hear God's word with one ear but with the other listen to the call of greed and pleasure are like the seeds among thorns. Greed kills the word. People who hear God's word with good will and put it into practice are like the good seeds which produced a rich harvest.

Jesus, please help me be good seed!


Hong Kong's Cardinal Zen asks Pope not to visit China

BORDER CRISIS: Do not deport the children!
Our message as people of faith must be unequivocal: do not deport the children. Protect them, offer them temporary protective or refugee status, and protect their families. Address the roots of the crisis in Central America and failed U.S. policies on immigration. Don’t blame the children.

Open Letter on Asylum Seekers July 2014

Translations enlighten history of ordaining women to diaconate


 

From A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power
by former US president Jimmy Carter:

Page 33:  A man was killed in a gunfight in the small town of Lumpkin, Georgia. As the only visitor to the town, a black woman named Mary Fitzpatrick was accused of the crime and taken to jail. She first met her court-appointed lawyer as they entered the courtroom for the trial, and he advised her to plead guilty, with a promise of a light punishment. Instead she received a sentence of life imprisonment. Mary  demonstrated extraordinary talent in all her assigned duties during our four years in the governor's mansion, and as the newly elected president, I obtained permission to act as her parole officer and to take her to the White House with us. In the meantime, the trial judge in Lumpkin had become a member of the Supreme Court of Georgia, and he agreed to have the evidence re-examined. Mary's innocence was proven, and she received a full pardon.

 


Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel    Full text     Summary

225: This criterion also applies to evangelization, which calls for attention to the bigger picture, openness to suitable processes and concern for the long run

The Lord himself, during his earthly life, often warned his disciples that there were things they could not yet understand and that they would have to await the Holy Spirit. 

The parable of the weeds among the wheat graphically illustrates an important aspect of evangelization: the enemy can intrude upon the kingdom and sow harm, but ultimately he is defeated by the goodness of the wheat

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 South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)


John W  mini-Blog:

Pope Francis in his teaching "The Joy of the Gospel" says that people should come before profits ....that companies which put profits before people are compromising human dignity. We can add: and compromising human safety.

Such, tragically, appears to be the case with MH17. A safer route around the war zone (as followed by Qantas and Cathay) would have cost more fuel. See story above. 

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

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

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

And join me 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

 

 

 

 

           Mandela Day                      Friday  July 18          July:  Month of the Precious Blood of Jesus

              New book: How to think like Mandela  
              (I bought it two days ago for a prison inmate at his request. Have had a quick look - inspiring stuff!)

Bible Blog

A four-course menu


1 Kings 17:

When Ahab was king of Israel, in the 9th century B.C., Elijah was a prophet of the Lord.

Elijah told Ahab there would be no rain for a long time because the people were following the cult of Baal.

Elijah did miracles in the name of the Lord: he blessed a poor widow's food to make it increase,
and he brought back to life a young boy who had died.

Dear God, please bless our prayers
as you blessed the prayers of Elijah


Psalm 119:

They are happy who follow God's word, those who seek God with all their hearts.

How can young people avoid evil?
By seeking you and obeying you, Lord.

Open my eyes, Lord, that I may understand the beauty of your word.

Lord, when I'm worried or in trouble, your word revives me and gives me strength.

Lord, keep my eyes from what is false. Bend my heart to your word and not to love of gain.

The word from your mouth means more to me than silver and gold.

The unfolding of your word gives light and teaches simple people.

 Lord, thank you for your word which gives peace to our hearts


Acts 1:

They gathered in an upstairs room which they used as a meeting place. The 11 apostles were Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon and Jude

They spent a long time praying. With them were several women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and also Jesus' brothers

Jesus, your apostles' group spent special time in prayer preparing for the coming of the Holy Spirit.
I now ask them in heaven to pray that the Holy Spirit will increase his influence in our lives







 

Matthew 12:

One day when Jesus was speaking to a crowd of people inside a house, his mother and brothers arrived at the house.rom outside the house they sent a message to say they would like to speak with him.

When Jesus heard they were there, he said "Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?"

Then holding out his hand towards his disciples he said "Here are my mother and brothers. Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven, that person is my brother and sister and mother."

Brother Jesus,  please help me do the will of your Father in heaven





 

 

Witness to a shelling: Guardian reporter's account of deadly strike on Gaza port.
There is a deafening explosion, then a second. Four children are dead. Uncle: "It's a cold-blooded massacre"


Israel: A veritable crime against humanity

Letter to the “Chief Rabbi” in defence of South Africa

This commentary was written as a letter to the President of South Africa and was then delivered as a speech at the regional conference of the African National Congress Youth League

Boycott Israel products
This article lists the enormous number of good things Israel has done in the world! 
(see especially the lower section of the article). 

Time to break from Gaza reruns


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China accuses UK's Nick Clegg of interfering in internal affairs over Hong Kong

Disturbing and misleading cartoon re HK and democracy. Theme of cartoon is being widely circulated in China.
c.f.r. 
The real HK situation


China's economic transition: saved from the brink by the WTO and the UN
The WTO and other UN economic bodies granted China, and only China, free access to world markets, with the elimination of tariffs, without prior internal liberalisation and the abolition of overt and covert state subsidies. On top of that, China was allowed access with an artificially low exchange rate, undervalued by 45-50%. This extraordinary external aid, at the expense of the rest of the world, produced, of course, amazing results.....
The offspring of the old Communist leadership, with few exceptions, have become China's new industrial and financial elite, controlling companies and banks once owned by the state. Paradoxically, it would be as if the elite of today's Germany were entirely made up of the children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren of the Nazi leadership

Chinese migrant children cut off from education


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The Pope Francis Haters


 

From A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power
by former US president Jimmy Carter:

Page 14:  Recommends we re-read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,   
ratified by the U.N. in 1948, with articles like No.16:
 

  • (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
  • (2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.

Page 19: Like my father before me, I am a deacon and a Bible teacher and have volunteered as a layman to work as a missionary in several states


Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel    Full text     Summary

224: Sometimes I wonder if there are people in today’s world who are really concerned about generating processes of people-building, as opposed to obtaining immediate results which yield easy, quick short-term political gains, but do not enhance human fullness.

History will perhaps judge the latter with the criterion set forth by Romano Guardini: “The only measure for properly evaluating an age is to ask to what extent it fosters the development and attainment of a full and authentically meaningful human existence, in accordance with the peculiar character and the capacities of that age”.

Melbourne man, 78, on HK drug trafficking charge
(I have seen him each week for the past month or so)

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 South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
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John W  mini-Blog:
Two days ago I paid a visit to Lai Sun under 21 drug treatment centre (black roof in this photo) on Hei Ling Chau Island. Centre used to have over 100 young guys, now only about 45.  Unlike other parts of the world where there's a increase in young drug inmates, in HK there's a decrease. This is good news! DG! And of the 45, 32 requested (Chinese) copies of my prison books: Simple Bible Old Testament, Simple Bible New Testament, and Doctor Jesus 

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 join me 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



 

 




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