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.  

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



 Fri Oct 31


Toronto snubs Mainland Confucius group - following similar cancellations in Canada and the US amid concerns they restrict academic freedom, conduct surveillance of Chinese students abroad and promote the political aims of the Communist Party      

Tien's dismissal  'chilling'

There's a danger that our system will become increasingly authoritarian in which people cannot speak their minds, and that poses the danger of further political instability 

Scrap Halloween, says exorcist, warning of ‘spike in demonic possessions’ This article will be ridiculed by some people.  But it won't be ridiculed by anyone who has read books like Deliverance From Evil Spirits by Francis MacNutt


The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

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

Job 11-14:

Zophar then said that Job must still have some secret sins of which he had not repented.

Job sarcastically replied: "No doubt you are the voice of the people, and when you die, wisdom will die with you.

I am only too aware that God knows everything. How could I hide anything from him?

God, why do you hide your face?
Why do you look on me as an enemy?"

Dear God,  please give us trust and courage in time of trial

Recording of this reading
for English students

Psalm 85:

I will hear what the Lord God has to say, a voice that speaks of peace.

Peace for his people and his friends and those who turn to him in their hearts.

His help is near for those who love him, and his glory will dwell in our land.

Mercy and faithfulness have met.
Justice and peace have embraced.

Faithfulness shall spring from the earth, and justice shall look down from heaven.

The Lord will make us prosper,
and our earth shall yield its fruit.

Justice shall march before him,
and peace shall follow his steps

Lord, please give more peace to our world

Recording

Romans 1:

I thank God for the way people everywhere speak of your faith

I never fail to mention you in my prayers. I pray for the opportunity to visit you if God wills

I long to see you to encourage you and to be encouraged by you

For I am not ashamed of the Good News. It is the power of God saving everyone who has faith, Jews first then everyone else

Jesus, help me to pray for others the way Paul prayed for others

Recording

Today's Gospel

Mark 9: 

One day Jesus took his disciples Peter, James and John up a high mountain.

On the mountain Jesus' whole appearance changed. His face shone like the sun. His clothes were as white as snow.

Moses and Elijah appeared and spoke with him. Peter said to Jesus "Lord, how good it is for us to be here!"

Then a bright cloud covered them with its shadow. From the cloud came a voice: "This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him."

The disciples bowed to the ground. When they got up, they saw only Jesus in his normal appearance.

Jesus, how good it is to spend time with you

Recording


    As China changes, Teilhard de Chardin reappears

Francis urges struggle against 'structural causes' of poverty

Will the Pope challenge Turkey on anti-Christian bias? (John Allen)

A 'crisis in Córdoba ' for the former Jorge Mario Bergoglio?
(Recent Newsweek story about the Pope not accurate ...)


  

This politics of denial over immigration is feeding a growing inhumanity

How did we get to such inhumanity? Are these people less than rats leaving a sinking ship? Are we not better than this?


Phyllis Zagano

'Baad' news around the world
Women around the globe suffer from one simple fact: being female

   Threatened with excommunication, Tony Flannery holds firm to his beliefs

I must be using a church computer. When typing yesterday's menu, the computer (not I) instead of typing "the Paris 2015 UN Climate Summit", typed "the Parish 2015 UN Climate Summit"!
Come to think of it ...not a bad idea....every parish/school/group would do well to have such a summit!


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 31st of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of Tianjin

 


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

And have mercy on the 100 people buried alive in the Sri Lanka mudslide
....and move authorities to prevent such tragedies

SCMP article posted in Swahili on Jamii Forums has now had 11,492 views!

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)




 

 

 Thurs Oct 30

 

My HK Democracy File

Hong Kong protests bring crisis of confidence for traditional media

Young turn to social media as newspapers and TV stations owned by local tycoons take care not to offend mainland China     

A new website to lobby for popular support for the Paris 2015 UN Climate Summit.

I have "added my voice" by signing the site's petition 

Doing Time the Taiwanese Way

The common areas do not seem like a prison as there are few guards around and the prisoners, dressed in white T-shirts, blue shorts and plastic flip-flops, move about freely during class time


The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

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

Job 8-10: 

Bildad then spoke of God's justice and the fate of people who forget God.

Job agreed and said how God was sole creator and judge of the world: "He and no other stretched out the skies. The Bear, Orion, the Pleiades and the Mansions of the South - all were made by him.

"Challenging God is unthinkable.
Yet I know I am innocent and I'm being punished unjustly.

I also know that God knows I'm innocent. So why am I being punished?  This is my question."

Dear God, please save us in time of trial

Recording of this reading
for English students

Psalm 84:

How lovely is your sacred temple, Lord. My heart is longing to spend time in your holy dwelling.

Even sparrows  and swallows are your temple guests. They build homes for their young near your altar.

Blessed are the people who live and work in your temple. And blessed, too, are people who keep  the memory of your temple in their hearts.

As they go through the troubles of life, you give them strength to face the trials of each day.

Lord, one day within your temple
is better than a thousand anywhere else.

Dear God, thank you for special places of prayer

Recording

Romans 1:

From Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, who has been called to be an apostle, and specially chosen to preach the Good News

This news is about the Son of God who, according to the human nature he took, was a descendant of David

This news is about Jesus Christ our Lord who, by his resurrection from the dead, proved he was the Son of God

From him I received my mission to preach the obedience of faith to non-Jewish nations

You are one of these nations. You belong to Jesus Christ

To you who are God's beloved friends in Rome, may God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give grace and peace

Jesus, Son of God,  may all nations know and love you

Recording

Mark 8:

One day Jesus asked his disciples
"Who do people say I am?"

The disciples replied "Some say you are one of the famous prophets".

Jesus then asked them "And who do you say I am?"  Peter answered "You are the Christ".

Jesus then explained to them
how he must go to Jerusalem to suffer, die and rise from the dead.

He also said "If you want to be my disciple, you must deny yourself,
take up your own cross, and follow me.

Selfishness will ruin your life.
Self-sacrificing will bless your life.

What use is it to have everything in this world yet miss out on Heaven?"

Jesus, please help me find my life by losing it in service of others

Recording


Hollywood producer puts the ‘power of film at the service of the poor’

Pope Francis - evolution and creation both right

Walking across the Philippines to appeal to president

Cardinal Orlie Quevedo O.M.I. gives support to coconut farmers


Stop legislation denying human rights for asylum seeker

(I have signed this petition)


Most Arab states share Isis's ideology. They're trying to have it both ways

The preacher said: "There's no such thing as a perfect man. Anybody present who has ever known a perfect man, stand up." Nobody stood up. "Those who have ever known a perfect woman, stand up." One demure little woman stood up. "Did you ever know an absolutely perfect woman?" he asked, somewhat amazed. "I didn't know her personally," replied the little old woman, "but I have heard a great deal about her. She was my husband's first wife."


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 30th of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of Shanghai

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 Oct 29

National Day: Turkey


My HK Democracy File

My Islam File

CE 'regrets' no contributions remark    Mr Leung sparked controversy yesterday by saying that sports and religious sectors do not contribute to Hong Kong's economy.
(Many hundreds of schools, hospitals, nursing homes, kindergartens, social services etc are run by religious bodies!)

Occupy protests like "cancer cells" - 500 doctors

Joshua Wong slams 'curriculum influence' idea The Ming Pao newspaper had reported that senior officials blame the curriculum for encouraging pupils to join civil movements such as the Occupy protests

Beijing Seeks APEC Triumph

 The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit is just a week away and all stops are out in Beijing to make it an economic and diplomatic triumph, despite the huge underlying challenges in managing China’s relations with the region


The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

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

Job 3-7: 

Job broke the 7 day silence by wishing that he had never been
born. He added "For me, there is no peace, no sleep. My suffering doesn't let me rest."

Eliphaz then spoke and reminded Job that God corrects those whom he loves.

Job replied that he was innocent of any wrongdoing, so why was he being punished?  He added: "Lying in bed I wonder 'When will it be day?'  During the day I think 'How slowly night comes.' Neither day or night offers me any relief from my suffering."

Dear Lord, please give courage and peace to people who are suffering great pain or distress

Recording of this reading
for English students

Psalms 82-83:

God says to corrupt officials:

"How long will you judge unjustly and mistreat the poor? You should do justice for the weak and the orphan.

You should defend the afflicted and the needy. You should rescue the weak and the poor. You should set them free from the hand of the wicked".

O God, please protect your people from corruption and injustice.
Save us also from attack by other nations.

Let everyone know that you are the Lord of all the earth.

Lord, please stop corrupt officials from hurting people


Recording


Acts 28:

Not long after his arrival in Rome, Paul had a meeting with a large number of Jews. The meeting went from early morning until evening

Paul talked to them about the kingdom of God. He tried to help them believe in Jesus. Some accepted Jesus

Paul was in detention for two years, in his own rented house. He welcomed everyone who came to visit him.  With boldness and without hindrance, he taught people about the Lord Jesus Christ

Jesus, thank you for the Acts of the Apostles. May I help more people know and love you, like Paul

Recording

Mark 8:

In the village of Bethsaida, a blind man was brought to Jesus. His friends begged Jesus to touch him.

Jesus took the man by the hand and led him outside the town. Jesus put spittle on the man's eyes and placed his hands on the man's eyes.

"Can you see anything?" asked Jesus. The man was starting to see and replied "I can see people. They look like trees, but they are walking about".

Jesus then placed his hands on the man's eyes again, and he saw clearly. He was healed and could see everything clearly.

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

Recording

 


Chris McDonnell (Wed UK blogger)
An empty seat

So many cities have homeless rough sleepers whom we pass by and do not notice. What questions must be asked of a society that accepts homelessness and destitution alongside the glamour and extravagance of an affluent society? No small wonder that this piece of street art has become an embarrassment to so many


 

An exercise in keeping friends close and enemies closer

Robert Mickens on the thinking behind Cardinal Pell's Vatican appointment


Chinese president to visit Hobart  after G20 meeting in Brisbane  Nov 15-16

Australia's China bank snub a mistake, says former ambassador


Today's Britain - where the poor are forced to steal or beg from food banks

My wife and I were in a church service. There was an older gentleman in the audience near the front who would periodically interject a "Praise God" or "Amen, brother". During the sermon, when the pastor began speaking about Solomon with his 700 wives and 300 concubines, the old man said "Lord have mercy"


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 29th of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of Chongqing

 

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)




 

 Tues Oct 28

National Day: Czech Republic

Conspiracy Oracle Backs Beijing from Bangkok 
A shadowy “researcher” recycles doubtful claims about HK’s Occupy Central 

My HK Democracy File 

1. This article in HK South China Morning Post

2. Same SCMP article when posted here on Jamii Forums in Tanzania (in Swahili) has had 10,769 views!

3. This article in The Citizen (Tanzania)

4. Comment posted yesterday on v2catholic.com  at this link (comment no. 28):
It is claimed that the arrest of Chonji has to do with the son of the Tanzania’s ambassador in China, the one who threatened the Tanzanian prisoners in Hong Kong prisons to stop writing the letters you publish on this website. It is claimed that the ambassador’s son is also involved in this drug business. The son was given by Chonji drugs worth Tsh. 250 million to sell but later informed Chonji that the drugs had been lost, or found by the authorities, which Chonji didn’t believe. So Chonji arranged for some guys to rape him. His father responded, leading to the arrest of Chonji and others. This is what has been claimed
here 


The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

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

Job 2: 

Satan asked permission from God to test Job even further. God gave permission.

Satan struck Job with sores and ulcers from the soles of his feet
to the top of his head. Job scraped himself with a piece of pot.

His wife told him to curse God and die. But Job replied "If we take happiness from God's hand, must we not take sorrow too?"

News of Job's situation reached three of his friends: Eliphaz,
Bildad and Zophar and they decided to visit Job.

When they drew near to Job, they did not recognize him.

They wept, tore their clothes and sat on the ground beside Job for 7 days without speaking, stunned and saddened by Job's appearance.

Dear God, please help me imitate Job's trust and faith

Recording of this reading
for English students

Psalm 81:

Ring out your joy to God our strength, shout in triumph to the God of Jacob.

Listen to the voice of the Lord:

"I am the Lord your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt.

Let there be no foreign god among you, no worship of a false god.

O that my people would heed me,
that Israel would walk in my ways.

At once I would subdue their foes.
But Israel I would feed with finest wheat and honey".

Lord, please help us to walk in your ways

Recording




Job and his three friends

Acts 28:

After three months we set sail in a ship going to Italy. Our trip took us to Syracuse, Rhegium and Puteoli before we arrived in Rome

Believers in Rome heard of Paul's arrival and came to meet us. When Paul saw them, he thanked God with all his heart

Paul was allowed to stay in lodgings of his own, with a soldier to guard him

Jesus, thank you helping Paul reach Rome safely. Thank you for protecting me on all my journeys

 

Acts-paul-fourth-journey.jpg (65926 bytes)

Paul's journey to Rome
- click to enlarge


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 7:

Jesus traveled through the area south of the Sea of Galilee. A deaf man with a speech impediment was brought to him.

Jesus took the man aside in private, away from the crowd. He put his fingers into the man's ears and put spittle on his tongue.

Then he prayed and said "Be opened". The man's ears were opened and his speech became normal.

The people said "He has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak".

Jesus, please heal (..name..) who is "deaf and dumb"


Recording


Shame, Australian government!   
Living in the hell called Nauru

I am writing as a mother in Nauru house of detention. After 10 months of being detained on Christmas Island, my three-member family was brought here: myself and my husband and my son who is not yet three. As I knew we were going to be forcefully taken to Nauru, I felt sadness and spent all the night crying in misery


One of the most inspiring books I have ever read:
Gandhi by Louis Fischer  (on which the movie Gandhi was based)

  The whole book Free here in PDF form!


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). 

Isis is a monster created by many countries. It requires an international solution 


Tanzania seeks more doctors from China

Tanzanian president is right now in China, no doubt accompanied by the ambassador.
Maybe they are sometimes discussing the accusations that their sons are drug lords.


My weekly article in today's Ming Pao newspaper
with the topic: A person who can save HK from chaos
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 


Doing the recordings for this site and for Ming Pao has made me aware of how I, like many Australians, add a "g" sound to many words. For "finger" (in today's 3rd reading) I usually say "fing-ger" but it should be "fin-ger". For "monkey" I usually say "mong-key". For "anger" I say "ang-ger".
But just now I just checked this expert ....and he also says "fing-ger", "mong-key" and "ang-ger"!

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 28nd of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of Beijing

 

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  Oct 27

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

National Day:
St Vincent & the Gredadines,
Turkmenistan

Newsweek:

The Crisis That Changed Pope Francis



New one which appeared for first
 time at Causeway Bay yesterday!
      

YouTube from KLM!
(thank you kind reader in Australia for this cheery video!)

Vatican micro-managers of the Mass need to be shown the door 

What has raised my blood pressure is the directive from the Congregation of Divine Worship in Rome ­- the geniuses that brought us the New Missal – that from now on, at the sign of peace, priests are not permitted to leave their place at the altar to exchange a sign of peace with the people, not even with those who are mourning a loved one or celebrating a marriage -  Brendan Hoban


The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

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

 

Job 1:  ("Joe-b")

Job lived in Southern Israel. He had 7 sons and 3 daughters. He owned thousands of animals. He loved God and was a good man.

Satan, one of the fallen angels, challenged God to let Job be put to the test. God gave permission to Satan to test Job.

On one day, all Job's animals were captured by raiders, and all his children died in a storm.

Job tore his clothes, shaved his head, bowed to the ground and prayed: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, naked I shall return to the womb of the earth.
The Lord gave, the Lord has taken back. Blessed be the name of the Lord."

Dear God, please give us courage and faith when life is difficult

Recording of this reading
for English students

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



 

Acts 28:

We were on the island of Malta. The local people were really kind to us. They made us welcome. They lit a huge fire because the weather was cold and rain was falling.

Paul collected a bundle of sticks and was putting them on the fire, when a snake bit his hand and held on. The locals expected him to die. But he just shook the snake into the fire. He was ok

The local Roman governor kindly gave us hospitality for three days. The governor's father was very sick in bed with fever and dysentery. He was healed when Paul prayed for him with the laying on of hands.

Word of the healing got around fast, and soon everyone on the island who was sick, came and got healed

Jesus, please bless the people of Malta

Recording


 

Mark 7:

Jesus went to the district of Tyre.
A foreign woman fell at his feet and begged him to expel a devil from her daughter

Jesus said "The children (= Jews)  should be fed first. It's not right to give the children's food to the house dogs (= foreigners)"

She replied "Ah yes, Sir, but the house dogs under the table can eat the children's scraps"

Jesus said to her "For expressing such great faith, you can go home happy. The devil has gone out of your daughter". 

She went home and found the child lying on a bed, and the devil gone

Jesus, please give sick people a strong faith in you

Recording


Darlene Starrs (Blogger from Canada)
Post Synod Thoughts

There is a legitimate concern on the part of the magisterium. That concern is to do with the question of whether the RC Church must accommodate all sorts of lifestyles and beliefs that are a part of this worldly life. Maybe they do, if Jesus would.


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

10 years ago today

2004-10-27 Wednesday night group - a delight to teach - at home of one of their teachers

On yesterday's menu, I posted a smile about a badly dressed guy who upset the pastor and his people by attending a service. At yesterday's 3-5pm prayer meeting for the sick at St Paul's Yau Ma Tei, I told this story ....and almost as soon as I finished, a badly dressed and smelly street guy came in and joined our meeting. Who says God doesn't have a sense of humour. Come to think of it, when we are kind to special strangers, we are kind to Jesus. So it was Jesus who joined the meeting!


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



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)


 


 

What would Confucius have said?
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wowed a Chinese audience this week with his grasp of Mandarin

 

Paul Krugman slams CY's poor people remarks

Law professor raises spectre of Tiananmen

My HK Democracy File 


Australia's mosques throw open their doors in attempt to 'shake away misconceptions' about Islam


The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

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

c.f. Readings for "Sunday 30"

Exodus 22: 

Do not discriminate against foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.

Do not be harsh to widows and orphans. Do not demand interest if you make a loan to a poor person.

Always remember you are a people consecrated to God."

Dear God, please help us be kind to poor people, as you are kind to us

Recording of this reading
for English students

Psalms 17-18:

Lord,  when trouble breaks out on every side, please protect and help me.

For you are my strength, my rock, my fortress, my savior. I love you, Lord who save me because you love me.

Lord, you are my lamp who lightens my life. I will praise you among the nations.

 Lord, thank you for loving and helping us

Recording

Reflection by Daniel Daring:
The Greatest Commandment

There are many commandments and canons. Let us leave them to the experts.  Let us love the Lord our God in return for his love. This love of God will enable us to love our neighbour

Previous reflections   Chinese text

1 Thess 1:

It was with the joy of the Holy Spirit that you took to the gospel, in spite of the great opposition all round you. 

This has made you the great example to all believers in Macedonia and Achaia since it was from you that the word of the Lord started to spread.

The news of your faith in God has spread everywhere. We do not need to tell other people about it: other people tell us how we started the work among you, how you broke with idolatry when you were converted to God and became servants of the real, living God

Jesus, please help us do our part to spread your Good News

Recording

Matthew 22:

In Jerusalem a religious leader asked Jesus "Which is the most important commandment?"

Jesus replied "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart.
And you must care as much about others as you care about yourself.

These are the two most important commandments. All other commandments depend on  these two."

Jesus, please help me love you with all my heart, and care for others as much as I care about myself

Recording


Pope Francis’ challenge to income inequality

Unless structural economic reforms are undertaken to remedy existing obstacles to greater employment, the cycle of economic and social exclusion that is at the center of the pope’s challenge to existing economies will only increase


 

Recovering ancient Israel’s spirituality of sex

Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I., a widely respected lecturer and spiritual writer, contends that churches never attained a very healthy spirituality of sexuality. Father Rolheiser suggests that we moderns have reduced sexuality to genitality, detaching it from the heart, family, fertility, community and church. The Scriptures, however, make it clear that these passionate longings come directly from God, who commands humankind to “be fruitful and multiply” (Gn 1:28). In the theology of Genesis, sexual energy is a part of God’s garden of delight. The Song of Songs, which employs abundant garden imagery, reaffirms that reality and celebrates sex. A major task of churches in the 21st century will be to rediscover and reintegrate sexual energies as part of our spirituality, to reimagine a context that understands sex as a sacrament and to mentor people of all life stages in the art of soulful romance. Fortunately, we need not reinvent the wheel in this work; the Song of Songs provides a theological, biblical starting point accessible across generations.


Tanzania, China sign investment deals

Tz opposition claims that on a previous trip President JK signed 13 trade deals to have his eldest son released from detention on a serious drug trafficking charge


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

To go with today's Gospel:

A biker decided to reform his life, and so he attended a church on Sunday. It was his first time ever in church, and he had been drinking the night before. He didn't smell very good, and he was in ripped jeans, a leather motorcycle jacket, and an untrimmed beard. People in the church were careful to scoot away from him in the pew. A couple ladies even held their nose and waved handkerchiefs to clear the air.

The biker sat through the whole service, though, including a sermon on loving your neighbor. That encouraged the biker, so on the way out he was careful to shake the preacher's hand. As he did, the preacher leaned forward and whispered, “The next time you come to my church, make sure you ask God how you should be dressed when you come.”

The next week the biker was back in the same pew, dressed exactly the same way, though he did at least smell a little better because he hadn't been drinking. He enjoyed the sermon once again, and on the way out it seemed as though the preacher was looking for him. When he got to the door, the preacher pulled him aside, clearly irritated. “I thought I told you to ask God how you should be dressed when you come here!“ he huffed.

“I did,” the biker protested. “He said he didn't know because he'd never been here.”


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

 

New letter in English from a Tanzanian inmate in a Hong Kong prison: "Drug trafficking is a national disaster"        

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 Oct 18

National Day: Kazakhstan

 

Lots of photos
 at
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Tien joins call for CY to resign

First time a pro-establishment lawmaker has joined the call for Mr Leung to step down.

Tien said the Chief Executive must go, because the people have lost their trust in the government, and Hong Kong is now on the verge of being ungovernable

Yesterday on HK MTR (metro) I saw an African man with his two kindergarten children get onto a crowded train. A Chinese man aged about 30 immediately gave up his seat so the children could be seated. Turned out the Chinese man was a visitor from the Mainland, on his first trip to HK.  This old world still has a lot of goodness!

Pope Francis blasts life sentences  and he attacks a "penal populism" that promises to solve society's problems by punishing crime instead of pursuing social justice.

Pontiff says using prisons to fix social problems is like treating all diseases with one drug

Pope: prison not way to peace


The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

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

 1 Maccabees 15: 

In 138 B.C., Antiochus son of Demetrius made war with Trypho.
This same Antiochus became hostile to Simon  after the Romans
renewed their treaty with Israel.

When Antiochus sent an army to attack Israel, Simon defeated that army.

A disloyal and ambitious Jew named Ptolemy got Simon and two of his sons drunk at a banquet and killed them.

Simon was succeeded by his son John as leader of the Jews. 

Dear God,  please protect good leaders from disloyalty

Recording of this reading
for English students
 

Psalm 78:

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, don't let us forget all you have done for us

Recording 


Acts 27:

The next day they could see land: a bay with a beach. They tried to reach the beach, but the ship ran aground on a reef and began to break up

The soldiers wanted to kill the prisoners to stop them from escaping, but Julius would not allow this

Some people swam. Some used pieces of wreckage. All of them got to shore safely

Jesus, please help people who are in danger of ship-wreck today

Recording

 

Mark 7:

Some religious leaders asked Jesus "Why do your disciples ignore many external practices of our religion?"

Jesus answered, with the words of the prophet Isaiah: "This people honors me with external lip-service, while their hearts are far from me."

Jesus also said "It's not certain foods or lack of washing that makes a person unclean. It's evil in the  heart that makes a person unclean.

Evil intentions like murder, adultery, fornication, theft, perjury, slander. These are the things that make a person unclean."

Jesus, please clean my heart

Recording

 

 

 

 


Via Dolorosa (with English subtitles)  - a 30 minute YouTube video about a Hong Kong Vietnamese street sleeper, a drug addict, who died recently. Film was made by Joanna who says in an email to me:

My Vietnamese friend Ngo The Manh  (who also appears in the film) is now in Hei Ling Chau 18C detention centre and will be staying until 22/11. He remembers you fondly for praying for him after he was pepper-sprayed during a fight in Lai Chi Kok detention centre two years ago. Thank you for blessing and comforting people in agony


Unhappy couples should not be 'held hostage' to their past

As it stands, the current annulment process is the equivalent of 'marital archeology'


10 years ago
 on this day

2004-10-25 Happy English classes I had at Xinqiao Primary School and at Ng Chuen Primary School

These children were so poor, but so happy!


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


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Two priests stage a tap-dancing duel in front of a crowd at the Pontifical North American College in Rome  (video)


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

 

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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