English students: 
four new recordings with text each day
See below
The Book Blog

Use to/from school/work ! 

(see: need to cancel "archive" in some search results) V2Catholic.com   A voice for the poor 
Edited by Hong Kong prison chaplain Fr John Wotherspoon O.M.I. 
胡 頌 恆 神 父   

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

DG - Since August 3, 2013, this website has saved many dozens of Africans from going to prison in HK.  See "Drugs", below. 
New letter from inmate, today, Nov 23

V2Catholic now on Facebook.
God bless kind FB editor  in Melbourne 

Archive of articles and many other items linked at the bottom of this page


 
Imitating Pope Francis Franc


Uneasy calm prevails in Mong Kok

 

 Thurs Nov 27

USA: Thanksgiving

Yesterday at Hei Ling Chau Island Correctional Centre, I heard a staff officer say that for the past two months, he has had to leave home one hour earlier than usual in order to get to work on time .... because of the occupy protests disrupting traffic in HK.  Same officer said that for the past two months he has arrived home an hour later than usual, for the same reason. Officer is one of hundreds of thousands who have been suffering hardship because of the occupy movement. 

Like most people in HK, the officer is supportive of the protesters' aim: democracy in HK, but very upset at the means the protesters are using: protests that cause hardship to so many people. I too have no more sympathy for the protesters. They have lost me. I feel great admiration for the police who have been put in an impossible situation and have acted 99.% of the time with great restraint.  If the police in recent days have used force to clear the streets it's because of the protesters' unreasonableness in refusing to re-locate to non-hardship-causing venues.    


The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

Comments welcome here! Readers are most welcome to post comments and reflections on these readings

Proverbs 19-22: 

Where reflection is wanting, zeal is not good. People who go too quickly  miss their way.

Whoever is kind to the poor is kind to the Lord. The Lord will repay such kindness.

Children at play show what sort of people they will be in the future.

Better the corner of a loft to live in
than a house shared with a scolding spouse.

Better to live in a desert land
than with a scolding and irritable spouse.

Instruct children in goodness and justice and they will always be  good adults.

Lord, please help me put into practice the ideas in these words

Recording of this reading
for English students

Psalm 107 (a):

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His great love is without end.

Let them say this, those the Lord has helped, people from east and west, north and south.

Some people wandered in the desert, lost and unable to find their way to safety.

In their hunger and thirst they cried to the Lord for help. He rescued them and showed them the way to safety.

Let them thank the Lord for his love, for he fills the hungry with good things.

Some people were prisoners in misery and chains, living in darkness and gloom.

In their distress they cried to the Lord for help. He rescued them and restored their freedom.

Let them thank the Lord for his goodness, for he shatters the iron bars of prisons.

Recording

 

Psalm 107 (b):

Some people were sick on account of their sins, unable to eat,  and close to death.

They cried to the Lord in their need. He healed them and saved them from the grave.

Let them thank the Lord for his love, for the wonders he does for us.

Some people sailed to the sea in ships and were caught in terrifying storms.

They cried to the Lord in their need and he calmed the sea and wind.

Let them thank the Lord for his love, for the wonders he does for us.

Whoever is wise should meditate on these things and reflect on the love of the Lord.

Thank you Lord, for your rescuing love

Recording

Mark 14:

Early in the morning, the religious leaders had Jesus bound with ropes. They took him to Pilate, the Roman governor

The leaders accused Jesus of many crimes. To the governor's amazement, Jesus remained silent

The leaders persuaded the crowd to demand the execution of Jesus. They called out to Pilate "Crucify him".

Pilate asked "Why? What has he done wrong?" The crowd shouted all the louder "Crucify him. Crucify him".

Giving in to the crowd, Pilate then ordered Jesus to be scourged and crucified

Jesus, please help people who are condemned to death

Recording


Amnesty petition to free Saudi online activist Raif Badawi

(I have signed the petition)


Brazil's Bishops consider proposal to ordain married elders

Video: Pope Francis - Europe has lost its spirit

Pope to Europe: Get your social and spiritual house in order  (John Allen)


Gunmen kill 3 women polio workers in Pakistan

The complacency of Pakistan’s government was “disastrous”, the report said, warning that the country risked re-infecting the rest of the world. Pakistan has already exported the virus to Syria, China, Israel and Egypt.


10 years ago today

2004-11-27 Zhaoqing Ricci Centre after break-in!

See first comment (from Melbourne) at end of this article:
What's the world's fastest passenger train?

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
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


Jesus, please give peace to the world's trouble spots, especially:
Nigeria (Boko Haram), Sudan, Central African Republic, Somalia (Al Shabab), Israel-Palestine, Iraq-Syria (Isis), Ukraine

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)




 

 Wed Nov 26

MPs’ trip to China cancelled after row over Hong Kong protests debate

Cross-party delegation calls off visit after Beijing refuses visa to Tory MP and former diplomat Richard Graham

Pope urges “lonely self-absorbed” Europe to recover its soul
He said religions can help Europe counter “many forms of extremism” spreading today that are often “a result of the great vacuum of ideals which we are currently witnessing in the West”

Pope's address to European Parliament - full text 

and

Full text of his address to the Council of Europe


The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

Comments welcome here! Readers are most welcome to post comments and reflections on these readings

Proverbs 18: 

Foolish people  are not interested in reflection, but only in airing their own opinion.

The human heart is haughty until disaster strikes. Humility goes before honor.

Don't reply to someone until you've listened to their views.
Be slow to interrupt someone who is speaking.

Lord, please help me to be a good listener

Recording of this reading
for English students

 

 

 

 

Psalm 106:

O give thanks to the Lord for he is good. His great love is without end.

They are happy who do what is right, who at all times remember what is just.

When our ancestors came out of Egypt, they forgot the greatness of God's love.

Each time they strayed, God forgave them. But still they continued to forget God who was their saviour, God who had done such great things for them in Egypt.

O Lord, our God, please don't let us forget your love

Recording


Romans 13:

Be a good citizen. Respect all civil authorities. Authority comes from God and is answerable to God

Don't break laws. Live honestly.
Fulfill your obligations as a citizen. Pay your taxes.

Jesus, please help me be a good citizen

Recording

                      Today's Gospel

Mark 14:

Peter went to the place where the religious leaders had Jesus on trial.
A young woman in the courtyard of the place said to him "You were with Jesus, the man from Nazareth"

Peter replied "I don't know what you're talking about"

Peter went to the gateway of the place, where the woman saw him again and said to people around her "This man is one of them".
Peter denied it

Not long after this a group of people said to Peter "You are his friend. We can tell by your Galilean accent". Then Peter even more strongly replied "I do not know the man"

At that very moment, a rooster crowed. Peter remembered Jesus' words "Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times".   Peter then wept loudly

Jesus, please help me not to deny you.  Give me courage to say "I am a Christian"

Recording


Chris McDonnell (Wed UK blogger)
The experience of change

It would seem that when Francis acts in a Christ-like manner, offering compassion and forgiveness, looking at the spirit of the law rather than ruthless adherence to it, seeking to build loving relationships rather than antagonistic positions, he is criticized. But then so was the Nazarene in whose place he offers guidance


Residential property is now 15x family income,but no end in sight, report says

   Grim Anniversary for Shocking Filipino Media Massacre

The Philippines remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, with at least 77 gunned down since 1992


New book by
 
Ambrose Mong O.P.

Are Non-Christians Saved?: Joseph Ratzinger's Thoughts on Religious Pluralism

Also published in the US at this link


Robert Mickens

True and false reform of the Roman Curia

One Sunday afternoon, the Pastor's wife dropped into an easy chair saying, "Boy! Am I ever tried." Her husband looked over at her & said, "I had to conduct two special services last night, three today, & give a total of five sermons. Why are you so tired ?" "Dearest," she replied, "I had to listen to all of them."


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 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


Jesus, please give peace to the world's trouble spots, especially:
Nigeria (Boko Haram), Sudan, Central African Republic, Somalia (Al Shabab), Israel-Palestine, Iraq-Syria (Isis), Ukraine

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)




 

    

A busy week for the Pope:  Today to Brussels, Friday to Turkey

Jesus ....please give Francis safe travelling ....and may his trip promote peace in our troubled world

Francis poised for Era of Good Feelings with secularism


The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

Comments welcome here! Readers are most welcome to post comments and reflections on these readings

Proverbs 17: 

Better a dry crust of bread eaten in peace, than a house where feasting and argument go together.

Whoever avoids talking about  offences,  promotes love. Whoever keeps on talking about offences,  divides friends.

A person who controls the tongue  has knowledge. People of discernment control their temper.

Lord, please give me a kind tongue

Recording of this reading
for English students

Psalm 105:

Give thanks to the Lord, make known his deeds among all the peoples.

O sing to him, sing his praise.
Tell all his wonderful works.

Be proud of his holy name. Let hearts that seek the Lord rejoice.

Consider the Lord and his strength. Constantly seek his face.

Never forget how the Lord has helped us in the past, how he has protected Israel from its beginning till now.

Dear God, please help me understand how you have been loving and protecting me since the beginning of my life

Recording

 

Romans 12:

Pray for people who are unkind to you. Be kind to them. Rejoice with those who are happy. Console people who are sad

Treat everyone with kindness. Never be condescending. Make real friends with the poor

Do all you can to live at peace with everyone. Resist evil and conquer it with good

Jesus, I pray for (..name...) who was unkind to me

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

 

 Mark 14:

The men who arrested Jesus took him to a meeting of the religious leaders. The leaders wanted to condemn Jesus to death, even if they had to use false evidence

Jesus remained silent before their accusations. Then the main leader challenged Jesus: "Are you the Saviour, the Son of God?"

Jesus replied "I am". The leader then called out "We have heard him claim to be of Divine origin. This is blasphemy"

The rest of the leaders shouted "He should die". Then they spat in Jesus' face and hit him with their fists

Jesus, thank you for submitting yourself to insult and spittle
for the salvation of the world

Recording


Chinese folk orchestra strikes a chord in Tasmania

China: more Christians than Communists

My Islam File 
-  the videos I have watched
 and learnt from

ISIS is a wake-up call to learn more about Islam. I'm trying to learn more by watching videos like this one: Muhammad's life (with English subtitles ...and narrated in perfect English ...excellent for English students)


My weekly article in today's Ming Pao newspaper
with the topic: Other occupy movements
is on Ming Pao website - click "Australian in HK".
Free access to article with recording today from about noon to 8pm HK time. Text without recording


10 years ago today

2004-11-25 Visit to Ng Chuen & Xinqiao Primary Schools + Ching Wan
 by HK Rosa H & Paul from Australia

The Haircut  (from a reader in Australia):

A teenage boy had just passed his driving test and inquired of his father as to when they could discuss his use of the car.

His father said he'd make a deal with his son, "You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible a little and get your hair cut. Then we'll talk about the car."

The boy thought about that for a moment, decided he'd settle for the offer and they agreed on it.

After about six weeks his father said, "Son, you've brought your grades up and I've observed that you have been studying your Bible, but I'm disappointed you haven't had your hair cut."

The boy said, "You know, Dad, I've been thinking about that, and I've noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair, and there's even strong evidence that Jesus had long hair."

The Dad replied: "Did you also notice that they all walked everywhere they went?"


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 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


Jesus, please give peace to the world's trouble spots, especially:
Nigeria (Boko Haram), Sudan, Central African Republic, Somalia (Al Shabab), Israel-Palestine, Iraq-Syria (Isis), Ukraine

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)




 

 Mon  Nov 24

      Usually in January I'm in Australia for an annual holiday, health check-ups, meetings etc. But next year will be different: not Australia, but Tanzania DV.  For some time I've felt something in my heart telling me to spend a bit of time in a poor country, not as a burden, but to experience the real situation, maybe to offer a little help with English classes etc. And in Tanzania I hope to meet families of some of the many Tanzanian inmates in HK prisons. Maybe even learn a little Swahili.  And I also hope to pay a brief visit across the border from Tanzania to Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world (from which there are also inmates in HK prisons). Hope to send daily reports from Tanzania using my trusty laptop. Have checked with reliable sources, Ebola not a danger in East Africa. Due to fly from HK to Doha on Dec 30, then to Tanzania.  Due to leave Tanzania on January 28, due back HK January 29.


The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

Comments welcome here! Readers are most welcome to post comments and reflections on these readings

 

Proverbs 16: 

A person  proposes, God disposes.
Ask the Lord to bless all your plans.

Kindness and loyalty make up for sin. Love of the Lord brings avoidance of evil.

If the Lord is pleased with your way of life, he will cause your enemies to become your friends.

Pride goes before destruction,
a haughty spirit before a fall.

A troublemaker sows strife.
A talebearer separates friends.

Better to be a peaceful person than a hero. Better to be master of yourself than the conqueror of a city.

Lord, please give me a humble, peaceful spirit

Recording of this reading
for English students

 

Psalm 104:

Bless the Lord, my soul! Lord God, how great you are.

You make the clouds your chariot.
You walk on the wings of the wind.

You make springs gush forth in the valleys. They give drink to all the animals of the field.

You make grass grow for the cattle
and plants to provide food for people.

You give us  wine, to cheer our hearts, and oil to make our faces shine.

You made the moon to mark the months. The sun knows the time for its setting.

How many are your works, O Lord. In wisdom you have made them all.

The earth is full of your riches
and the sea is swarming with life.

All things, great and small, look to you for food. You open your hand, they have their fill.

You send forth your spirit, and life is created. You renew the face of the earth.

I will sing to the Lord all my life.
May my thoughts be pleasing to him.

Bless the Lord, my soul!

Recording

Romans 12:

Do not let your love be superficial, but sincerely prefer good to evil.
Have a family love for each other, and a profound respect for each other

Persevere in your love for the Lord and your service of the Lord.
Hope will make you cheerful

Do not give up when trials come. Keep on praying. Help people who are in need. Make hospitality your special care

Jesus, please help me grow in love. Help me love you and other people a bit better

Recording

 

Today's Gospel

 

 

 

 

Mark 14:

While Jesus was still speaking, Judas arrived. Judas had with him a large crowd of men with swords and clubs, sent by the religious leaders

Judas had told these men "The one I kiss is the man. Take him". So Judas went  to Jesus and said  "Teacher" and kissed him. The men  then seized Jesus

Jesus said to them "Am I a robber that you needed to capture me
with swords and clubs?  Day after day I was openly teaching in the Temple"

All the apostles then deserted him and ran away

Jesus, when I am being treated unfairly by other people,
please give me strength

Recording

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Darlene Starrs (Blogger from Canada)
Giving it all over

I promote the idea of lay evangelists because the Church needs a new thrust in sowing the Word


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

10 years ago today

2004-11-24 CAS- Paul from Australia with Zhaoqing Senior Three students
....and Happy Birthday HK Rosa C!

You don't know your way... The Rev. Billy Graham tells of at time early in his career when he arrived in a small town to preach a sermon. Wanting to mail a letter, he asked a young boy where the post office was. When the boy told him, Rev. Graham thanked him and said, "If you'll come to the Baptist church this evening, you can hear me telling everyone how to get to Heaven." "I don't think I'll be there," the boy said. "You don't even know your way to the post office."


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

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

Jesus, today, Monday,  please bless the people of Europe & Russia

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

On this
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


Jesus, please give peace to the world's trouble spots, especially:
Nigeria (Boko Haram), Sudan, Central African Republic, Somalia (Al Shabab), Israel-Palestine, Iraq-Syria (Isis), Ukraine

 

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)


 


 

 Sun Nov 23

   Feast of Christ the King

From a reader in Canada: "Please watch this video about Brussels soon to be a Muslim city with Sharia Law":
Showdown looms in Brussels
-
report from US CBN News:
- Muslims largest religious group
- now 25% of population
- will be majority by 2030


The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

Comments welcome here! Readers are most welcome to post comments and reflections on these readings

Readings for Feast of Christ the King

Ezekiel 34: 

The Lord says this: I am going to look after my flock myself and keep all of it in view. 

As a shepherd keeps all his flock in view when he stands up in the middle of his scattered sheep, so shall I keep my sheep in view. I shall rescue them from wherever they have been scattered during the mist and darkness. I myself will pasture my sheep, I myself will show them where to rest.

 I shall look for the lost one, bring back the stray, bandage the wounded and make the weak strong. I shall watch over the fat and healthy. I shall be a true shepherd to them.

  As for you, my sheep, the Lord says this: I will judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and he-goats.

Jesus, you are a Shepherd-King

Recording of this reading
for English students

Psalm 23:

The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want. Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose. Near restful waters he leads me, to revive my drooping spirit.

He guides me along the right path. He is true to his name. If I should walk in the valley of darkness no evil would I fear. You are there with your crook and your staff; with these you give me comfort.

You have prepared a banquet for me in the sight of my foes. My head you have anointed with oil. My cup is overflowing.

Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days of my life. In the Lord's own house shall I dwell for ever and ever.

Recording

Reflection by Daniel Daring:
Only caring people inherit the kingdom

To get to heaven, we do not need diplomas, wallets filled with credit cards, or high social status. The only thing we need is a heart that feels the pain of others and stimulates us to action

Chinese text          Previous reflections

 


Matthew 25: 31-40

Jesus said to his disciples: When I come in glory at the end of the world, all peoples of all times will be gathered in front of me.

I will separate them, like a shepherd separates sheep from goats. I will place the sheep on my right, the goats on my left.

I will say to those on my right "Come and enter my kingdom. For I was hungry, and you gave me food. I was thirsty, and you gave me drink. I was a stranger, and you made me welcome. I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to see me".

Then those good people on my right will say "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you? When did we see you thirsty and give you a drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you,
naked and clothe you, sick or in prison, and visit you?"

I will answer "Each time you helped and cared for a poor person, you helped and cared for me".

Recording

Matthew 25: 41-46

Then I will say to those on my left "Go away from me and join Satan and his angels in hell.

For I was hungry, and you never gave me food. I was thirsty, and you never gave me anything to drink. I was a stranger, and you never made me welcome, naked, and you never clothed me, sick and in prison, and you never visited me".

Those on my left will then ask
"Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty, a stranger or naked, sick or in prison, and did not come to your help?"

I will answer "Each time you refused to help and care for a poor person, you refused to help and care for me".

Those on the left will then go to eternal punishment. Those on the right will go to eternal life.

Jesus, please help me do more for poor people. Make me understand that when I help a poor person, I help you

    Recording


Indonesia's president causes a buzz by flying economy class
Indonesian president Joko Widodo causes a stir by flying economy class to watch his son graduate in Singapore. While some thought it was a publicity stunt, others urged more officials to follow suit.


     Congestion at Port of Manila the reason for Christmas delays

China building island in South China Sea big enough for military installations

An open letter to Cardinal O'Malley  (re women priests)

Reflections on my ‘60 Minutes’ interview - by Cardinal O'Malley

Cardinal O'Malley: If I started a church, I'd love to have women priests


10 years ago
 today

2004-11-23 English for primary 3 & 4 students at Zhaoqing Ricci Centre
 - with Andrew and Paul from Australia

A farm boy accidentally overturned his wagonload of corn. The farmer who lived nearby heard the noise and yelled over to the boy, "Hey Willis, forget your troubles. Come in and visit with us. I'll help you get the wagon up later."

"That's mighty nice of you," Willis answered, "But I don't think Pa would like me to."

"Aw come on boy," the farmer insisted.

"Well okay," the boy finally agreed, and added, "But Pa won't like it."

After a hearty dinner, Willis thanked his host. "I feel a lot better now, but I know Pa is going to be real upset."

"Don't be foolish!" the neighbor said with a smile. "By the way, where is he?"

"Under the wagon."


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

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


Jesus, please give peace to the world's trouble spots, especially:
Nigeria (Boko Haram), Sudan, Central African Republic, Somalia (Al Shabab), Israel-Palestine, Iraq-Syria (Isis), Ukraine

    Letter in English from a Nigerian inmate in a HK prison
   
- no African food for 10 years while in HK prison!

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)




 

  Sat Nov 22

National Day: Lebanon

So much news, even Church news, is not all that nourishing or encouraging.
But the advice from Proverbs today (The Book Blog, below) is totally nourishing,
totally encouraging, totally practical, totally useful. A good practice: read this advice
in the morning, think about it during the day, and read it again at night


The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

Comments welcome here! Readers are most welcome to post comments and reflections on these readings

Proverbs 15: 

A mild answer diffuses a tense situation. A sharp answer stirs up anger.

A kind tongue is a source of life.
A harsh tongue hurts other people's feelings.

A happy heart produces a cheerful face. A sad heart means a drooping spirit.

Hot-headed people provoke disputes. Peaceful people prevent disputes.

Without deliberation, plans come to nothing. Successful plans need many counselors.

A kindly glance gives joy to the heart. Good news gives strength to the bones.

Dear Lord, please give me a kind tongue

Recording of this reading
for English students


 

Psalm 103:

My soul, give thanks to the Lord.
All my being, bless his holy name.

My soul, give thanks to the Lord
and never forget all his blessings.

It is he who forgives all your guilt,
who heals every one of your ills.

It is he who fills your life with good things, renewing your youth like an eagle's life.

The Lord is compassion and love,
slow to anger and rich in mercy.

As the heavens are high above the earth, so strong is his love for those who love him.

As far as the East is from the West,
so far does he remove our sins.

As a father has compassion on his children, the Lord has pity on all who love and honor him.

Give thanks to the Lord, all his angels, who heed the voice of his word.

Give thanks to the Lord, everyone and everything. My soul, give thanks to the Lord!

Thank you, Lord, for your love and compassion

Recording

Romans 12:

I beg you, trust in God's mercy, and worship him in a spiritual way, not just in an external way

Offer your whole life to him as a holy sacrifice

Do not blindly follow the fashions of the world. Instead, let your behavior change, fashioned by your enlightened mind

This is the way to discover the will of God, the way to know what God wants us to do

Jesus, help me give more time to things that are important, less time to things not so important

Recording

Today's Gospel

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Mark 14:

After the meal, Jesus said to his apostles "Tonight all of you will desert me"

Peter said "I will never desert you". Jesus replied "Tonight before the rooster crows,
you will deny me three times"

They came to a place with olive trees called Gethsemane. Jesus asked Peter, James and John to pray with him

Jesus was overcome with sadness and fear. He said to them "Sadness is filling my heart, as if my heart is dying. Please support me as I pray"

Then he fell on his face and prayed for about an hour:
"Father, don't let this suffering continue. But your will be done"

He stood up and found that the apostles were asleep. He said to them "Couldn't you stay awake one hour to support me?"

Three times he prayed the same way. Three times the apostles went to sleep.

Then he said "Get ready. The one who is betraying me is coming"

Jesus, please help me give more time to prayer

Recording


In 21st century Catholicism, you can’t ignore Africa any more

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Challenge to India's bishops to take preparation for next Family Synod seriously

Kieran Tapsell and Ian Waters conference re child abuse issue.
Video Part 3 now online here

 In 1972, Ratzinger said 'yes' to communion for remarried divorcees

10 years ago
 on this day

2004-11-22 Walk around Zhaoqing poor areas +  Ricci Centre,
with Luc omi, Andrew omi, CAS staff & Senior 3 students

A popular preacher was admonishing a class of divinity students on the importance of making their facial expressions harmonize with their speech in delivering sermons. "When you speak of heaven," he said, "let your face light up and be irradiated with a heavenly gleam. Let your eyes shine with reflected glory. And when you speak of hell...well, then your everyday face will 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, 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
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


Jesus, please give peace to the world's trouble spots, especially:
Nigeria (Boko Haram), Sudan, Central African Republic, Somalia (Al Shabab), Israel-Palestine, Iraq-Syria (Isis), Ukraine

Letter in Swahili from a Tanzanian inmate in a HK prison: re the way drug lords trick people into being drug mules

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)




 

 

 Fri Nov 21

World Television Day

 

Prayers please for two friends with frightening diseases for which there is no medical cure:

- a priest in Japan with Lou Gehrig's disease

- an inmate in HK with Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease ("Mad cow disease")

Jesus, Doctor Jesus, please give peace to any family tree or personal background that might be linked to these diseases      

A peaceful heart is necessary for good health. Envy is like a cancer in the bones (from today's "The Book Blog", below)

c.f. Chinese saying:
all sickness starts in the heart


The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

Comments welcome here! Readers are most welcome to post comments and reflections on these readings

Proverbs 13-14:

Guard your talk and you will protect your life. People who talk too much, easily get into trouble.

Choose wise people as your friends and you will be happy.
Choose foolish people as friends and your problems will multiply.

The heart knows its own grief best. No human person can fully understand another person's heart.

A peaceful heart is necessary for good health. Envy is like a cancer in the bones.

Injustice to the poor is an insult to our Creator. Kindness to the poor gives honor to our Creator.

Virtue makes a nation great.
Sin causes empires to fall.

Dear God, please help everyone in our country to be wise and kind and just.

Recording of this reading
for English students

Psalm 102:

O Lord, listen to my prayer in my distress. Do not hide your face from me.

For my days are vanishing like smoke, my bones burn away like a fire.

I forget to eat my bread. My skin clings to my bones.

All day long my foes revile me.
Those who hate me use my name as a curse.

But you, O Lord, will endure for ever. You will arise and have mercy on Zion.

You will hear the groans of the prisoners, and free those condemned to die.

I pray to you: "Do not take me away before my time has come, you whose days last from age to age.

Lord, please help people who are in great distress 

Recording

 

 


Romans 10-11:

If your lips confess that Jesus is Lord, and if you believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, then you will be saved

How wonderful is God!  How great his wisdom and knowledge.
What finite creature could ever understand the mind of our infinite Creator?

All that exists comes from him. To him be glory for ever!

Jesus, Father, Spirit - three persons, one God - to you be glory for ever!

Recording

 

 

 

Mark 14: 

On Passover Eve, Jesus ate a last meal with his apostles. While they were eating, Jesus told them he knew he would be betrayed by one of them. He told Judas he knew he was the betrayer.

Then Jesus took some bread, blessed it and gave it to his apostles saying " This is my body"

Then he took a cup of wine, blessed it and gave it to them saying "This is my blood"

Jesus, please help me understand how bread and wine become your body and blood when Christians celebrate the Eucharist

Recording

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HK refugee screening system still slow and opaque, critics say

Women on the pill have more to worry about than fancying their partner
I came off the pill after a decade, at the end of two long years of terrifying side-effects

Installation homily of Archbishop Cupich of Chicago

Ohio's Ricky Jackson exonerated after 39 years in prison


England can break new ground (... married priests ...)
It is estimated that one in 10 priests in diocesan ministry in the Catholic Church in England and Wales began his priestly vocation in the Church of England


10 years ago today

2004-11-21 Visit to Zhaoqing by John o.m.i., his sister Carol and Ms Wang

ISIS is a wake-up call to learn more about Islam. Please check the videos at my Islam File.
I have found these videos most useful as I keep trying to better understand Islam

One hot sultry day, I was boarding a plane and was struggling to put my carryon bag into the overhead bin. The people behind me weren’t happy with me holding up the line as the air- conditioning wasn’t on. Finally, the man next to me, put his bag down, took mine in hand and effortlessly shoved it in the compartment, leaving me somewhat embarrassed. Then, to my surprise he said at the top of his voice for all to hear, “Well Father, will that get me to heaven?” I was so flustered, all I could think to say was, “Gee, I hope not on this flight!”
(from first homily of Archbishop C
upich, 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, Friday,  please bless the people of South America

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

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

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


Jesus, please give peace to the world's trouble spots, especially:
Nigeria (Boko Haram), Sudan, Central African Republic, Somalia (Al Shabab), Israel-Palestine, Iraq-Syria (Isis), Ukraine

New letter (in English) from a Tanzanian inmate in a HK prison re why no government probe against known drug lords?
(tomorrow: a new letter in Swahili)

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)




 




Pope Francis:
Thank you Holy Spirit

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