English students: 
four new recordings with text each day
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Imitating Pope Francis


Fri May 29 

My Islam File     Muslim map of world

"Gay marriage" - Elephants in men's room

The New Translation

Pope Francis on investment:
"Impact investors are those who are conscious of the existence of unjust situations"

c.f. This report of how one Oblate, Fr Seamus Finn O.M.I. is putting the Pope's words into practice as he manages assets of US$400 million

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

Radio program from South Africa
After 10 minutes the program talks about the situation of SA inmates in overseas prisons, and features Patricia Gerber with whom I'm in constant contact re lobbying for a transfer agreement for HK's SA inmates. There are about 1,000 SA's in overseas prisons, and there are about 5,000 foreigners in SA prisons


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

Genesis 23-24 (a)

Not long after his wife Sarah died,
Abraham told his number one servant to go back to Haran, and find a wife for his son Isaac.

The servant went to Haran, to the town of Nahor.

When women were getting water from the well in Nahor, the servant prayed to God for help to find a wife for Isaac.

He said to God,  "If I ask a woman for a drink and she answers 'Please take some of my water, and I'll give some to your camels, too'  may she be the one you have chosen for Isaac."

My recording of this reading

Genesis 23-24 (b)

He had barely finished his prayer
when Rebecca, daughter of Bethuel came to the well.

She was very beautiful and not married.

The servant asked her for water  and she said "Drink, sir...and I'll get water for your camels, too."

Bethuel, a relative of Abraham, 
gladly agreed for Rebecca to go with the servant to be Isaac's wife.

Rebecca herself was happy with the plan.

Isaac married Rebecca and loved her dearly

Dear God, please help people to find "Mr/Mrs Right"

Recording

Hebrews 3.1-13

Focus on Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our religion.

He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just like Moses

Take care not to turn away from the living God.

Keep encouraging one another, so that sin does not cause you to turn away from God

Jesus, help me stay focused on you

Recording

Today is the feast day of
 Blessed Joseph Gérard O.M.I. (1831-1914)

Missionary to
 Southern Africa

John 17.4-21

Jesus prayed: "Father, I have glorified you on earth, and finished the work you gave me to do. Now, Father, it is time for you to glorify me with the glory I had with you before the world existed

Protect those you have given me. Protect them from Satan. Consecrate them in the truth

As you sent me into the world, so I am sending them into the world.

May all my followers be united, so that the world will believe it was you who sent me"

Jesus, please protect our world from lies and deception. Please bless people who witness to the truth in difficult situations 

Recording

 


South China Sea dispute: What you need to know about China's new islandsThey are appearing from under the sea and causing havoc with international relations, but just what is China building in the South China Sea and why?


Nebraska lawmakers ban death penalty in dramatic vote

Norman Foster's Hong Kong HSBC headquarters tore up the rule book
- when it was completed in 1986, it was the world's most expensive building

On May 3, 2000, Claretian missionary priest Rhoel Gallardo, died in crossfire between the group holding him hostage and the Philippine military forces trying to rescue those kidnapped. He had been held in captivity since March 20 that year, along with some teachers. The story of his death


Australia PM says same-sex vote 'should be owned by the Parliament'
"in a major shift in his language" = "a major shift in his principles" ...well maybe not ...like so many politicians he has been faithful to his basic principle: "do whatever wins votes"


Pope  Francis:  Full text     
The Joy of the Gospel 

4: Zechariah, looking to the day of the Lord, invites the people to acclaim the king who comes “humble and riding on a donkey”: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he” (9:9).

Perhaps the most exciting invitation is that of the prophet Zephaniah, who presents God with his people in the midst of a celebration overflowing with the joy of salvation. I find it thrilling to reread this text: “The Lord, your God is in your midst, a warrior who gives you the victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing, as on a day of festival” (3:17).

This is the joy which we experience daily, amid the little things of life, as a response to the loving invitation of God our Father: “My child, treat yourself well, according to your means… Do not deprive yourself of the day’s enjoyment” (Sir 14:11, 14). What tender paternal love echoes in these words!


10 years ago today

2005-05-29 CAS promotion to Xinqing, about one hour from Zhaoqing


After a long, dry sermon, the minister announced he wished to meet with the church board following the close of the service. However, the first man to arrive was a total stranger. "You misunderstood my announcement. This is a meeting of the board," said the minister. "I know," said the man, "but if there is anyone here more bored than I am, I'd like to meet him!"


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

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 29th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of
Mauritania

And praying for one Islam-related intention each day of the week:
Jesus, on this Muslim day of prayer, please bless all Muslims!

New letter (in Swahili) from a Tanzanian inmate in a 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 HK Asylum Seekers' File
(stopping South Asians from being "people smuggled" to HK)




 

 Thur May 28

My Islam File     Muslim map of world

"Gay marriage" - Elephants in men's room

The New Translation

Can Pope Francis succeed in reforming the Curia? (Robert Mickens)
Recently, some Catholics have begun to wonder whether the 78-year-old pope has the time, energy and necessary support to radically overhaul the church's central bureaucracy.

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


 

Yesterday at Hei Ling Chau Correctional Institution, I helped about 100 inmates apply for copies of No Next Time:

front

01

02

03 

04 

05

06 

back

Number of prisoners in Hong Kong hits record low ! (Deo Gratias!)


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

Genesis 22

Abraham loved God very dearly.

Once when God put him to the test
Abraham was even willing to sacrifice his only son Isaac if that was what God wanted.

When God saw Abraham's love and obedience, God renewed his promise to make Abraham and Isaac's descendants as many as the stars of heaven

Dear God, please help us love and obey you

My recording of this reading

Psalms 140-143

Lord, save me from people who do evil,
you who do justice for the needy.

I have no way out of this situation. And no one wants to help me.

Lord, I beg you tonight to make haste and give me an answer, for my spirit fails within me.

In the morning let me know your love
for I put my trust in you.

Lord, please help people who are in big trouble

Recording

 

 


Hebrews 2.14-18

The Son did not become an angel. He became a man, so that he could die for us

By his death he took away the power of the devil

He himself experienced temptation.
He is able to help us when we are tempted

Jesus, please help me when I am tempted to do something wrong

Recording

 

 

 

John 17.1-3

After saying many things to his disciples at the meal, Jesus looked up to heaven and prayed "Father, my time has come. Give eternal life to everyone you have entrusted to me

Eternal life is this: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent"

Father, give eternal life to all near and dear to me

Recording

 

 

 

 

 


Vatican says Ireland gay marriage vote is 'defeat for Christian principles, a defeat for humanity'

c.f. Romans 1.26-32:
"
Refusing to honor the Creator is why people's behaviour went bad: why women turned from natural intercourse to unnatural practices, and why men gave up natural intercourse to be consumed with passion for each other, men doing shameless things with men, and getting an appropriate reward for their perversion. Since people refused to honor God, they have dishonored themselves"


Pope  Francis:  Full text     
The Joy of the Gospel 

4. The books of the Old Testament predicted that the joy of salvation would abound in messianic times. The prophet Isaiah exultantly salutes the awaited Messiah: exhorts those who dwell on Zion to go forth to meet him with song: “Shout aloud and sing for joy!” (12:6). The prophet tells those who have already seen him from afar to bring the message to others: “Get you up to a high mountain, O herald of good tidings to Zion; lift up your voice with strength, O herald of good tidings to Jerusalem” (40:9). All creation shares in the joy of salvation: “Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth! Break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the Lord has comforted his people, and will have compassion on his suffering ones” (49:13).


10 years ago today

2005-05-28 A meal with the poor at Marco Polo Centre...hopefully the first of many such Saturday nights


At the conclusion of the sermon, the worshipers filed out of the sanctuary to greet the minister. As one of them left, he shook the minister's hand, thanked him for the sermon and said, "Thanks for the message, Reverend. You know, you must be smarter than Einstein." Beaming with pride, the minister said, "Why, thank you, brother!"

As the week went by, the minister began to think about the man's compliment. The more he thought, the more he became baffled as to why anyone would deem him smarter than Einstein. So he decided to ask the man the following Sunday.

The next Sunday he asked the parishioner if he remembered the previous Sunday's comment about the sermon. The parishioner replied that he did. The minister asked: "Exactly what did you mean that I must be smarter than Einstein?"

The man replied, "Well, Reverend, they say that Einstein was so smart that only ten people in the entire world could understand him. But Reverend, no one can understand you." 


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

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 28th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of
Lesotho

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

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 HK Asylum Seekers' File
(stopping South Asians from being "people smuggled" to HK)




 

 Wed May 27

My Islam File      Muslim map of world

"Gay marriage" - Elephants in men's room

The New Translation

Africa  File

Photos/reports of my trip to Tanzania/Malawi Dec-Jan

Pope Francis on giving up television, speaking without thinking, and refusing to cry in public

- Pope has not watched TV since 1990!

- he gets up at 4am every day

- he has a siesta each day

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


 

Sketch by a Mainland inmate in a HK prison. Chinese at top says "Lord, please give courage to people in difficult situations"


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here

Genesis 20-21

Abraham and his wife Sarah were old people, but God blessed them with a son. They named their son Isaac.

Sarah again made life difficult for Hagar and Hagar's son.

Hagar and her son had to leave Abraham's home, but God protected them and found them a new home.

Dear God, please don't let me make life difficult for anyone else

Psalm 139

O Lord, you search me and you know me. You know my resting and my rising.

You know exactly what's going on in my life, all my ways are an open book to you.

Before ever a word is on my tongue, you know, O Lord, what I'm going to say.

Your knowledge is beyond my understanding, too high, beyond my reach.

It was you who created my being,
knit me together in my mother's womb.

I thank you for the wonder of my life, for the wonders of all your creation.

Lord, thank you for the gift of life. Please help me follow the path to eternal life

Recording


Hebrews 1-4

At various times in the past and in various different ways, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets

But in our own time, he has spoken to us through his Son,
through whom he made everything.

He is the radiant light of God the Father's glory

He has sacrificed himself for sinners. He has taken his place at the right hand of the Father. He is far greater than any angel

Jesus, deepen my understanding of who you are

Recording

 

 

 

 

John 16.7-33

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

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

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

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


Recording


Chris McDonnell (Wed UK blogger) 

The symbol of Spirit
The consequences of the coming of the Holy Spirit to those gathered in
Jerusalem was to turn cautious, frightened companions into people of courage and conviction. Their experience of the Spirit should be ours too, the fruit of our sacramental life, of our confirmation in the Spirit.


Hong Kong's Fr. Lucas Chan S.J. dies in USA
Pioneering Asian theologian in biblical ethics dies at 46

Oscar Romero, El Salvador's most trusted news source
He was not only the most trusted, but frequently the sole source of news about what was happening in the country. His often hourslong homilies, broadcast every Sunday by the archdiocesan radio station YSAX, were the most popular program in the country, with nearly 75 percent of the rural population and 50 percent of the urban population listening in


Missionaries weave shattered lives back together in Mindanao 
Beatification of Oscar Romero a vindication for those working in conflict znes

Australian Peter Nash to be sentenced in US over role in Silk Road drug-trafficking website


China warned over 'insane' plans for new nuclear power plants

Pope  Francis:  Full text     
The Joy of the Gospel 

3. I invite all Christians to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ.  I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since “no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord”. The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms


10 years ago today

2005-05-27 Visit to Ricci Centre by CAS teacher Paul + HK friends Alan, Chris, Malcolm & Rob


"Teacher," Tommy asked in Sunday School, "I don't understand. You're always saying that 'the children of Israel did this' and 'the children of Israel did that.' Didn't the grownups ever do anything?"


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

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

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

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 HK Asylum Seekers' File
(stopping South Asians from being "people smuggled" to HK)




 

 Tue May 26

My Islam File        Muslim map of world

"Gay marriage" - Elephants in men's room

The New Translation

Africa  File

Photos/reports of my trip to Tanzania/Malawi Dec-Jan

One-child policy 'breeds little emperors with skewed values' 

One of China's most influential expat writers says the country's one-child policy has had alarming unforeseen consequences and produced a generation of "little emperors" whose values are dangerously skewed

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


Excellent article, simple and easy to read: Who Is the Third Person of the Trinity? by Nicky Gumbel, husband to Pippa, Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton Church, and pioneer of Alpha course

A happy experience yesterday: HK Malawi volunteer Janny Law and I attended a lengthy sharing session (two and a half hours) with a group of 12 priests, talking about Malawi and Tanzania

And last Sunday morning, after speaking at my 8.30am Yau Ma Tei Mass, Janny joined a group from the Mass for a sharing Yum Cha. Photos here


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here 

Genesis 19

The men of Sodom practised sodomy. 

They wanted to abuse the two angels who looked like men
when the angels visited the home of Abraham's nephew, Lot.

So the angels struck the threatening men with blindness.

Then the angels told Lot and his family to leave Sodom immediately, because it would soon be destroyed.

As soon as Lot and his family had left Sodom, the town was destroyed by a volcanic storm

Dear God, please help people avoid sodomy

Psalm 138

I thank you, Lord, with all my heart. You have heard the words of my mouth.

With the angels I will bless you.
I will adore you in your holy temple.

I thank you for your faithfulness and love, which are far above what we can understand.

On the day I called you answered.
You increased the strength of my soul.

All earth's kings shall thank you
when they hear the words of your mouth.

They shall sing of the Lord's ways:
"How great is the glory of the Lord!"

Though I walk in the midst of affliction, you give me life and frustrate my foes.

Your love, O Lord, is eternal.
Do not abandon us whom you have made.

Lord, when we remember how much you love us and help us, 
every day of the year is a Thanksgiving Day

Recording


Philemon 9-15

While here in prison, I have helped someone you know
to become a believer. He is carrying this letter - Onesimus

I'm sending him back to you, no longer your slave, but your brother in Christ

Please welcome him as you would welcome me. And let me pay for anything he stole from you

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you

Jesus, please put an end to slavery in the world

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

 

 John 15.18 - 16.1

At the meal, Jesus said to his disciples "If you belonged to the world, the world would be friendly to you. But because my choice withdrew you from the world, therefore the world is unfriendly to you

Just as I am hated and persecuted, so you also will be hated and  persecuted. As the Scripture says 'They hated me for no reason'

I am telling you these things now, so that when they happen, your faith will not be shaken

Jesus, if people are unfriendly because I am a Christian, 
please give me strength and courage

Recording

 

 

 

 

 

 


 YouTube report of beatification of Oscar Romero 


Far from facing the truth, the US is telling new lies about Iraq
Politicians who claim they had no choice but to support the invasion are wrong

A definitive look at China’s claim to the sea by a noted author and expert

10 years ago today

2005-05-26 Bon Voyage Paddy - going to Henan tomorrow for Junior Three final exams


It should be "neck"!  2015-05-25nake.jpg (58302 bytes)   (click to enlarge)

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
26th 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 26th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of
Togo

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

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 HK Asylum Seekers' File
(stopping South Asians from being "people smuggled" to HK)




 

 Mon May 25
Holiday in HK
 for Buddha's birthday

My Islam File     Muslim map of world

"Gay marriage" - Elephants in men's room

Africa  File
Photos/reports of my trip to Tanzania/Malawi Dec-Jan

 

Africa quiz - test your knowledge

To celebrate Africa day on the anniversary of the birth of the Organisation of African Unity, 25 May 1963, The Guardian has put together this quiz.  

Recommended by a reader in Australia: Underwater footage from Fiji and Tonga

YouTube: (with lyrics)
Welcome Holy Spirit 
1,109,613 views

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


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here 

Genesis 18

One day at Mamre, God and two angels appeared to Abraham. At first, God and the angels looked like men.

Following the ancient custom of hospitality, Abraham prepared a feast for them.

God told Abraham that the town of Sodom was going to be destroyed  because of the evil done there.

Abraham pleaded with God not to destroy Sodom. God agreed to postpone Sodom's destruction for a while.
 

Dear God, please help people avoid sodomy

My recording of this reading

Psalm 137

By the rivers of Babylon we sat and cried, remembering Zion. On the poplars that grew there we hung up our harps.

For it was there that they asked us, our captors, for songs. "Sing to us", they said, "one of Zion's songs".

O how could we sing the song of the Lord on alien soil? If I forget you, Jerusalem, let my right hand wither.

O let my tongue cleave to my mouth, if I remember you not, Jerusalem, above all my joys.

Lord, please help  people who have been exiled from their homeland

Recording

Beautiful song based on the above words:
By the Rivers of Babylon (YouTube)


Philemon 1-7

From Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy, to our dear fellow worker Philemon and the church that meets in your house.

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ

I am so happy that your faith and love have given great encouragement to the believers

Jesus, bless all house church groups and meetings

Recording


 

John 14.23-27

At the meal, Jesus said to his disciples "If you love me, you will put my words into practice, and my Father will love you, and we shall make our home in your heart

The New Friend, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you

Peace I leave with you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give"

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, please help me understand how you live in my heart. Thank you for your peace

Recording


Darlene Starrs (Blogger from Canada)

Happy Pentecost
To live a Life in the Spirit of Jesus Christ, is to live a life not of this world, but, truly, a heavenly existence, in spite of the fact, that we physically dwell on this earth


Recommended by a reader in Australia - concerned at "racism"  towards Mainlanders

Protest over 12-year-old illegal immigrant


Criminal bankers have brazenly milked the system. Let’s change it

Pope  Francis:  Full text     
The Joy of the Gospel 

2. The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience.

Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades.

This is a very real danger for believers too. Many fall prey to it, and end up resentful, angry and listless. That is no way to live a dignified and fulfilled life; it is not God’s will for us, nor is it the life in the Spirit which has its source in the heart of the risen Christ.


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

10 years ago today

2005-05-25,26,27 This semester's final evening classes at Ricci Centre

Car tracking system to reduce accidents in pipeline

This means accidents happen in a pipeline?

Should be: "In pipeline: car tracking system to reduce accidents"


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

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

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

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 HK Asylum Seekers' File
(stopping South Asians from being "people smuggled" to HK)


 


 

 Sun May 24  

Pentecost Sunday

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

My Islam File     Muslim map of world

"Gay marriage" - Elephants in men's room

The New Translation

Africa  File
Photos/reports of my trip to Tanzania/Malawi Dec-Jan

COME HOLY SPIRIT!  FALL AFRESH ON THE WORLD, ON THE CHURCH!

10 min YouTube: The Day of Pentecost (good!)

Mary prays for outpouring of Holy Spirit (John Paul II)
"Just as in the Incarnation, the Spirit had formed the physical body of Christ in her virginal womb, now in the Upper Room the same Spirit comes down to give life to the Mystical Body"

Hudson Taylor: “Since the days of Pentecost, has the whole church ever put aside every other work and waited upon Him for ten days, that the Spirit’s power might be manifested? We give too much attention to method and machinery and resources, and too little to the source of power.”

The forgotten Paraclete (2013)


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here

c.f. Readings for Pentecost

Acts 2.1-4

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 me. Fall afresh on our world


My recording of this reading

 

 

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.

Lord, send forth your Holy Spirit and renew the face of the earth

Recording

Galatians 5.19-26

When self-indulgence is at work, the results are obvious: sexual irresponsibility, sorcery, feuds and wrangling, jealousy and drunkenness

What the Spirit brings is very different: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, truthfulness, gentleness and self-control

You cannot belong to Christ Jesus unless you crucify all self-indulgent desires

Let us be directed by the Spirit. We must stop being conceited, provocative and envious

Holy Spirit,  please increase your influence in my life

Recording

Daniel DaringThe Paraclete

Without the Holy Spirit all our efforts are pointless, without His guidance our mission will not succeed

     Chinese text       Previous reflections




 

John 15-16

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘When the Advocate comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who issues from the Father, he will be my witness.

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will lead you to the complete truth

He will glorify me, since all he tells you will be taken from what is mine.

Everything the Father has is mine; that is why I said: All he tells you will be taken from what is mine.’

O Holy Spirit, Spirit of Truth, fall afresh on our world!

Recording

 

 

 


Today:
 Blessed Oscar Romero!

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Civil war still a bitter memory as El Salvador prepares to beatify Romero


 Cholera outbreak hits 3000 Burundi refugees in Tanzania

Nigeria, a land of promise and problems  


Women deacons could solve Pope’s conundrum

Pope  Francis:  Full text     
The Joy of the Gospel   

1. THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Jesus, joy is constantly born anew. In this Exhortation I wish to encourage Christians to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.


On this day in 1953 - DG!

My First Communion, from Fr Rudolf Blockinger OFM Cap who had been expelled from China!


Leading Columnists Purged at Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post

Hour of Love  HK radio program 9.05pm HK time each Sunday night
- with messages about African inmates in HK prisons


For Pentecost Sunday:
Mary at Pentecost to Holy Spirit:
 "....oh, oh, you again"


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

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

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

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My Islam File      Muslim map of world

"Gay marriage" - Elephants in men's room

The New Translation

Africa  File

Photos/reports of my trip to Tanzania/Malawi Dec-Jan

Tomorrow: Pentecost Sunday
Come Holy Spirit!

One more Holy Spirit reflection to help us prepare for Pentecost :

The dove: At the end of the flood, whose symbolism refers to Baptism, a dove released by Noah returns with a fresh olive-tree branch in its beak as a sign that the earth was again habitable. When Jesus comes up from the water of his baptism, the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, comes down upon him and remains with him. The Spirit comes down and remains in the purified hearts of the baptized. In some churches, the Eucharist is reserved in a metal receptacle in the form of a dove (columbarium) suspended above the altar. Christian iconography traditionally uses a dove to suggest the Spirit.  - CCC 701     

Patrick Ryan S.J. was in Nigeria for 11 years and in Ghana for 15 years. In this video interview he shares his knowledge of Islam:
Understanding Islam


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here 

c.f. readings for vigil of Pentecost

Joel 1-4

My country has been invaded. Joy has disappeared from the land.

Priests, put on sackcloth, and lament. Proclaim a fast to pray for our nation.

Turn to the Lord your God again,
for he is all tenderness and compassion.

Call out to the Lord for help. "Spare your people, Lord!"

The Lord replies: " I will save and rescue you.

I will pour out my spirit on all peoples. Everyone will prophesy and see visions.

You will learn that I am the Lord your God. Jerusalem will be a holy place."

Lord, pour out your Holy Spirit on all nations

My recording of this reading

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.

Lord, send forth your Holy Spirit and renew the face of the earth

Recording


Romans 8.14-21

Everyone moved by the Spirit is a child of God. The Spirit lets us use children's language to speak to God tenderly as "Abba, Father"

Since we are God's children, we are also his heirs, coheirs with Jesus, sharing his suffering so as to share his glory

What we suffer in this life can never be compared with the glorious life we will have in heaven

The whole of creation looks forward to sharing the same glory, to sharing immortality

Holy Spirit, please help us pray!

Recording

 

Everyone Moved by the Spirit 
- beautiful song by Carey Landry

 

 

 

 

 

 

John 7.37-39

During the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem, Jesus called out loudly  in the Temple "If anyone is thirsty, come to me. Anyone who believes in me, come and drink!"

As Scripture says "From his heart will flow fountains of living water"

Jesus was speaking of the Holy Spirit, which people who believed in him were to receive. The Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet been glorified

Holy Spirit, flowing from the heart of Jesus, please increase your influence in my life

Recording

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


John Garnaut

Bet each way: China policy is rational

A referendum is not the way to go when it comes to gay rights or minority issues

 How Nigeria turned a corner against Boko Haram

The Guardian view on climate change: keep it in the ground

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Three families sat down to eat dinner. The hostess said to her young daughter, "Honey, would you say the blessing for us?"

"I don't know," said the youngster. "I don't know what to say."

"Just say what you've heard Mommy say," responded her mother.

"Okay," she said. "Dear God, why did I invite all these people over?"


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
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

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

 

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Pope Francis:
Thank you Holy Spirit

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