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

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


  Sat Feb 28

My Islam File

Africa  File

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

Pope Francis arranges for homeless man to be buried in the Vatican      

To mark his birthday in December, Francis ordered the distribution of dozens of sleeping bags to homeless people across Rome, and parishes in the Italian capital have been asked to follow suit with similar initiatives

 

Yesterday I was very sad and disappointed to meet two new inmates from Tanzania, two of four recently arrested at HK airport for drug trafficking. One of the two yesterday told me how he had heard my Clouds Media radio interview last month in Dar Es Salaam ....but he still took the risk of bringing drugs to HK in order to get urgently needed money for his family. Same man feels group was set-up or betrayed by someone, since customs officers had list of their four names before they arrived. All four new arrivals face the prospect of 10 years in prison (after "cut")


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here 

Isaiah 59-60

Arise, shine out, for your light has come. The glory of the Lord is rising on you, though the rest of the world is still in darkness.

The nations come to your light
and kings to your dawning brightness.

People from other lands are coming to you, bringing gold and incense, and singing the praise of the Lord.

No more will the sun give you daylight, nor moonlight shine on you, for the Lord himself will be your everlasting light. Then your days of mourning will be ended.

Lord Jesus, you are the light of the world. Please give more light to my life.

My recording of this reading

Psalms 47-48

All peoples, clap your hands, cry to God with shouts of joy. For the Lord, our Creator, we must love and honor, great king over all the earth.

Especially in his holy city is the Lord worthy to be praised. Praise is fitting in Mount Sion, our earth's most sacred site.

O God, as we pray in your temple,
our hearts meditate on your love.

May peoples and rulers everywhere acknowledge and love you as Creator of the Universe

Let all the peoples praise you, Lord. Let all the peoples praise you

Recording


 


Philippians 3.7-11

Because of Christ, I have come to consider all my former advantages as a scholar as disadvantages

Nothing is more important than knowing Christ Jesus my Lord

For him I have accepted the loss of everything, and I look on everything as so much rubbish if only I can have Christ

All I want is to know Christ and the power of his resurrection. I want to share his sufferings by carrying the Cross with him

This is the way I can hope to receive eternal life

Christ Jesus my Lord, knowing you is No. 1

Recording

 

Luke 13.18-35

Jesus said to the people "The kingdom of God is like a tiny seed
planted in the ground. It grows and becomes a big tree, and the birds live in its branches

The kingdom of heaven is like yeast mixed with flour until the flour is leavened all through

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you kill the prophets who are sent to you. How often have I longed to gather your children, as a hen gathers her
chickens under her wings, and you refused"

Jesus, may your kingdom grow in the hearts of more and more people

Recording


Malaysian opposition party falling into hands of fundamentalists?

10 years ago
 on this day

2005-02-27, 28:  Twelve OMI's from Asian region - visit to Zhaoqing poor areas, Ricci Centre, Maro Polo Centre, CAS, Ng Chuen village school

Remember 2013?
Rumor spread on internet that Facebook would be closed for maintenance on Feb 29

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
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 8th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of
Lesotho


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




 

Fri Feb 27

My Islam File

Africa  File

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

Really inspiring YouTube:  
Amazing Grace, by Wintley Phipps

 
"Just about all Negro spirituals are written on the black notes of the piano"

If you want to know why HK people are afraid of being ruined, I mean run, by Beijing, check this:

Beijing judiciary to shun 'western-style' autonomy
(bye bye judiciary, bye bye education, bye media freedom etc)

Fridays of Lent:

Prayer before a Crucifix

The Jesus Stabat Mater


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here

Isaiah 57-58

Tell my people their faults, tell the House of Jacob its sins.

Tell them that their fasting is a sham. Fasting and injustice cannot go together.

This is the sort of fast that pleases the Lord: breaking unjust fetters,
sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering and clothing the homeless poor.

Do this and you will find healing and peace. Do this and the Lord will give strength to your bones.

Lord, please help me do more to help poor people

My recording of this reading

Psalm 45

God is for us a refuge and strength, in time of distress he is a helper close at hand.

Therefore we shall not fear even though the earth should rock,
even though the mountains fall into the sea.

The Lord of hosts is with us. The God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Come and consider the works of the Lord, and always remember his words: "Be still and know that I am God".

Lord, help us to be more aware of your presence, especially when we are in trouble

Recording

Songs based on this psalm:
A Mighty Fortress is our God
and
Be Still and Know that I am God

Philippians 2.13-16

It is God who gives us the spiritual energy to be good and to do good

Don't be someone who is always complaining and arguing

Live a life of light in our dark world. May your life of light offer the world the word of life

Jesus, help me avoid complaining and arguing

Recording

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke 13.10-17

One Sabbath day Jesus was teaching in a prayer hall. There was a woman there who for 18 years had been possessed by a spirit which left her bent over and unable to stand up straight

When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said "Woman, you are rid of your infirmity" and he laid his hands on her. At once she was healed and could stand up straight, and she glorified God

Jesus, please heal the people I know who are bent over and can't stand up straight

Recording

 

 

 


Chris McDonnell
Our evangelisation plans rest on outdated assumptions

Singapore’s fiscal spending plan involves reality, Hong Kong’s doesn’t

China needs to address the effects of dams

10 years ago today

2005-02-27, 28:  Twelve OMI's from Asian region - visit to Zhaoqing poor areas, Ricci Centre, Maro Polo Centre, CAS, Ng Chuen village school


A challenge for local HK students: to pronounce "Tibet" properly.
Often they seem to be saying "tea bag" or even "too bad"

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

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

Jesus, today, Friday,  please bless the people of South America

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

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

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


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




 

 Thur Feb 26

My Islam File

Africa  File

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

 

 

     60 Mins: Derek
- inspiring story of amazing blind pianist

 

 

Pope was a coup-stopper
When Rajapaksa realised he was losing the election, he called a meeting with the attorney general and the army and police chiefs.

But all three refused to give their support to Rajapaksa as they knew that the world spotlight would be on them because of the impending visit of the pope.

 

 

China’s oldest priest dies at 105

During a period when churches were being rebuilt across China, Father Ye eagerly joined in the effort, declining repeated chances offered by relatives to emigrate overseas. “China needs priests,” Sister Chen quoted him as saying.

("They don't make 'em like this anymore"?)


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here

Isaiah 56

Foreigners who love and serve the Lord - these I will bring to my holy mountain, says the Lord.

I will make them joyful in my house of prayer, for my house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations.

Lord, please help all peoples of the world know that you are their loving Creator

My recording of this reading

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Psalms 42-45

Like a deer that longs for running streams, so my soul is longing for you, my God.

My soul is thirsting for you, the God of my life. I think of you all the time, here in my land of exile.

People make fun of us here in exile. They taunt us saying "Where is your God?"

Yet no matter what happens we will hope in you, for you are our saviour and our God.

No matter where we are or what happens to us, our hearts will long for you, like a bride longing for her groom.

Lord, no matter what happens, may I always hope in you

Recording


Philippians 2.5-11      

O Lord, unite us in your love
and keep our minds in you
(x 2)

Though you were God in state divine, you did not cling to what you were. No, you shed your glory's shine, so as to live just like a slave

O Lord, unite us in your love
and keep our minds in you

You came on earth in human form
and you shared our troubled life. A humbler man there never was, even in death obedient

Yes, Lord, death upon a cross, yes, upon a cross

Therefore are you raised on high
and you have the name of names.
At that name should bend the knee
and tongue confess:  Jesus Christ is LORD. And tongue confess that Jesus Christ is LORD. And tongue confess that Jesus Christ is LORD.
To the glory of God the Father

Recording

Luke 12.35-38

Jesus said to his disciples "Be like people waiting for their master to return, ready to open the door as soon as he comes and knocks. Be ready, for I will come at an hour you do not expect

"When someone is given a great deal, of that person more will be expected"

Jesus, you have given me so much. Please help me use my gifts and my situation to do more  to help other people

Recording

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Spy cables: Africa is new ‘El Dorado of espionage’, leaked intelligence files reveal

Pope will skirt Medjugorje  (just like JPII who never went there, despite his great devotion to Mary ....because there are doubts about Medjugorje story)


Macau casinos plunge on weak gambling over Chinese New Year
(May the bleakness for the Casinos continue!)

Lester Brown 'Vast dust bowls (in Africa and China) threaten tens of millions with hunger'


10 years ago today

2005-02-26 Evening meal at Zhaoqing Marco Polo for next door poor people....+ crew from Guangzhou Southern T.V


To go with last Sunday's readings
about Noah's Ark:  


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

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

Jesus, today, Thursday,  please bless the people of S.E. Asia & Pacific

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

On this
26th of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of Xiniang

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

Mexico protests to Vatican over pope's drug comments

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 Feb 25

My Islam File

Africa  File

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

Today is a day of prayer, and a school holiday in the Philippines
 - remembering 1986 People Power revolution

"As the nation continues to grieve over the tragedy in Mamasapano and the family of nations is threatened by war and terror from extremist groups, our best contribution to the nation and to the world is to encourage people to pray," Villegas said.

 

There are several Tanzanian inmates in HK who have had babies since their arrest for drug trafficking. The women had been tricked into swallowing dozens of drug capsules when six months pregnant, in the false hope that they would avoid x-ray detection.

While in Tanzania last month, I met the mother of one of those inmates. The mother asked for help to get some photos of her grandson.
Well, thanks to Fr Franco Mella who has access to the baby (now temporarily in a HK orphanage), the grandmother yesterday saw nine  photos - after I emailed them to Grace (the Dar Es Salaam social worker keeping contact with the families I visited) and Grace sent them to the grandmother by Whatsup.  


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here

Isaiah 54-55

Though the mountains may fall and the hills turn to dust, the love of the Lord will never cease.

O come to the water, all you are thirsty, though you have no money, come.

Why spend your money on what is useless, your wages on what fails to satisfy?

Seek the Lord while he is to be found. Call to him while he is near.

Lord,  please help us give more time to things that are important
....and less time to things that are not so important.

Psalm 41

Blessed the person who helps the poor and the weak. He himself will be helped by the Lord when he is sick and in trouble.

The Lord will help him on his bed of pain. The Lord will bring him back from sickness to health.

Lord, please help me to do more for the poor

Recording

 

 

 

 

Song based on today's reading from Isaiah: 
 Though the mountains may fall

Philppians 1.27 - 2.4

Avoid anything in your everyday lives that would be unworthy of the Good News of Christ

Be united in your convictions, and united in your love. There must be no competition among you, no conceit

Everyone should be self-effacing.
Always regard others as better than yourself

Put others interests before your own

Jesus, help me say "no" to anything unworthy of your Good News

Recording

 

 

 

 

Luke 12.22-34

Jesus said to his disciples "Do not worry about food and clothing

As regards food, think of  the birds. They don't sow or reap, and they have no homes to store things. Yet God feeds them

As regards clothing, think how the flowers grow with a beauty greater than that of Solomon's clothes. God will look after you more than he looks after the flowers

So, don't set your hearts on food and clothing. Don't go in for worry. Just set your hearts on God's kingdom, then food and clothing will not be a problem

Where your treasure is, that is where your heart will be too

Jesus, please help me to put your friendship as number one in my life

Recording


Chris McDonnell (Wed UK blogger)
Ever Tried
That is the challenge that Francis presented to the Curia just before Christmas, look at yourselves, ask the awkward questions, if there is a problem, don’t rush to blame others


 Unmasking Australia's boat-stopping deal with the Sri Lankan devil


    Spiritual Exercises for the Roman Curia begin in Ariccia - The geography of Elijah

Education is the fuel to speed up Africa's development - Aga Khan   

To go with last Sunday's readings about Noah's Ark:

("I told you we should've used a dove first ..")


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

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

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

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

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

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


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




 

 Tue Feb 24

     My Islam File

Africa  File

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

Prayer from yesterday's Mass:

Father, through this sacrament may we rejoice in your healing power, and experience your saving love in mind and body

 

Pope Francis as media role model for (all leaders)

Jesus now enrolled at OUHK:

Many thanks to two kind HK readers who have responded to my appeal for help in funding African inmates' study at the Open University of HK. Final cost for 4 inmates was 5075 + 5075 + 4700 + 4700 = HK$19,550.  Donations received = HK$9,500


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here 

Isaiah 53

And yet ours were the sufferings he bore, ours the sorrows he carried.

He was pierced through for our faults, crushed for our sins.

On him lies a punishment that brings us peace, and through his wounds we are healed.

We had all gone astray like sheep,
and the Lord burdened him with our sins.

Harshly dealt with, he bore it humbly, never opening his mouth.

He let himself be taken for a sinner, and all the time he was suffering and praying for sinners.

Jesus, these words refer to you.
Thank you for all you suffered to redeem the world.

Psalm 40

I waited, I waited for the Lord and he stooped down to me. He heard my cry.

He saved me from distress. He put fresh hope into my heart.

How many, O Lord my God, are the times you have helped me. They are too many for me to describe.

My God, in the depth of my heart I delight in your law. You do not want external offerings. You want my heart.

Lord, I offer you my heart, my love. You deserve all my love

Recording

 

Beautiful song based on words of Isaiah on today and yesterday's menu: With What Great Love

 

 

 

 

Philippians 1.13-25

My chains have become famous and have given courage to many other believers. Many others are now becoming more daring in announcing the Message without fear

I hope and trust that I will always have courage for Christ to be glorified in my body, whether by my life or by my death

My heart wants to go two ways. One part wants to depart this world  and live for ever with Christ in heaven. The other part wants to stay in this world to help more people to know the Lord

Jesus, give me courage in spreading the Good News

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

 Luke 12.15-21

Jesus told the people this story: There was a rich man who, having had a good harvest from his land, thought to himself "What am I to do? I don't have enough room to store my crops". 

Then he said to himself "This is what I will do: I will pull down my barns and build bigger ones, and store all my grain in them, and I will say to my soul: My soul, you have plenty of good things laid by for many years to come; take things easy, eat, drink, and have a good time"

But God said to him "Fool! This very night your earthly life will come to an end. And all your possessions, who will get them?"

So it is when people store up treasure for themselves, instead of making themselves rich in the sight of God

Jesus, please help me to be satisfied with what I have, and not to be greedy

Recording


New photos

Lunar New Year happy visit to Ricci Center by the Zhang family


All material of my site www.riccicenter.com has been transferred to http://v2catholic.com/riccicenter/index.htm   

c.f. Matteo Ricci one step closer to sainthood - Vatican Insider  


 Pages 424 to 479  show how the Russian declaration of war on Japan, and immediate invasion of Manchuria, had more effect on the decision making of the Japanese leaders, especially the military leaders, than the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Also described: 
- the crucial role of the Emperor in forcing the military leaders to agree to unconditional surrender.
- when the Emperor recorded a radio broadcast announcing the surrender, it was the first time the people had ever heard his voice.   People weren't supposed to hear "the voice of god".
- US denial about deaths caused by radiation

An excellent book to read for the 70th anniversaries in August this year

c.f. Japanese crown prince says country must not rewrite history of WW2


The names of how many African countries end in "a"?   Is 19 (!) correct?
(Click to enlarge map)

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

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

Jesus, today, Tuesday,  please bless the people of South Asia

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

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

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


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




 

 Mon Feb 23

 

Africa  File

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

Lent is a time of battle against evil

The Pope said he wanted to renew his advice to the faithful to read the Gospel every day and reflect on its meaning, even for just 10 minutes, and carry around a copy in one’s pocket or bag every day
(Pope on annual retreat this week)

   

'Nobody consoled Marco': Last rites denied for prisoner executed before Bali nine duo

- see quotes from Fr Charlie Burrows O.M.I.


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here 

Isaiah 52-53 

See, my servant will prosper,
he shall be lifted up and exalted.

As the crowds were appalled on seeing him - so disfigured did he look - so will the crowds be astonished at him, for they will see something that has never happened before.

Without beauty, without majesty,  we saw him. He was despised and rejected, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering. He was despised and we took no account of him

Thank you Jesus for suffering so much for the world's salvation

My recording of this reading

Psalms 38-39

O Lord, please forgive my sins and heal me. Heal my body which is sick because of my sins.

Protect me, Lord, from those who gloat over me now that I am brought low and unable to help myself.

Lord, you have shown me how short a time I have on earth. Lord, give me wisdom of heart to live my life better.

Lord, pleasse help us understand the meaning of life

Recording



 


Pilippians 1.1-9

From Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the believers in the Church at Philippi

We wish you the grace and peace of  God our Father and of the Lord Jesus Christ

I thank God whenever I think of you. Every time I pray for you, I pray with joy, remembering how you helped to spread the Good News

You have a permanent place in my heart. God knows how much I miss you. I love you as Christ Jesus loves you

My prayer is that your love for each other will increase more and more, helping you always to know what is good and to avoid what is bad

Jesus, thank you for all the people
who have a permanent place in my heart

Recording

Luke 11.37-54

Jesus said to the religious leaders "You worry so much about cleaning dirty dishes, but don't care about having a dirty heart full of extortion and wickedness

At meetings and in the market, you like being treated as people of importance. But in fact you are like unmarked tombs that people walk on without knowing it

You expect ordinary people to observe unreasonable laws, while you excuse yourselves from such laws

You don't care about obtaining real wisdom, and you prevent others from obtaining wisdom"

The leaders were stung by Jesus' words, and they intensified their efforts to trap him in his speech

Jesus, help religious leaders be sincere people   

Recording


 Darlene Starrs (Blogger from Canada)

 Pope Francis ….Parting the "Red Sea"
It is highly questionable, whether, maintaining the Curia, which is replete with old  men,  is going to bring about curial reform or bring the Church into the 21st century, no matter how religious the old men may be


China to neighbours: Send us your Uighurs

Afghanistan is among several countries under pressure to deport Chinese members of the Muslim ethnic group.


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

To go with last Sunday's readings about Noah's Ark (click to enlarge)

Noahs-Ark03.jpg (37211 bytes)


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
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

 

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 Feb 22   

 

Africa  File

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

Today's Bible readings speak about Noah:

   Noah's Ark is in HK!    
   
          

c.f. 2001 S.E. article

 “Cardinal Zen, don’t you believe in miracles?” - a strong criticism of Cardinal Zen


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here

c.f. Readings for "Lent 1"

Genesis 7-8

Noah's family and many animals went into the big boat, the "ark".

Then for about 40 days there was heavy rain which caused a great  flood.  The ark floated on the water.

The people and animals inside the ark were safe, but people and animals outside the ark died.

When the rain and flood stopped,
Noah and his family and the animals went out of the ark.

God made a special agreement (covenant) with Noah to bless Noah and his family.

God told Noah that the rainbow would be a sign of their agreement.

Dear God, thank you for making the rainbow so beautiful

My recording of this reading

Psalm 24

Lord, make me know your ways. Lord, teach me your paths. Make me walk in your truth, and teach me, for you are God my saviour.

The Lord is good and upright. He shows the path to those who stray. He guides the humble in the right path, he teaches his way to the poor.

Lord, help me walk in your truth

Recording

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1 Peter 3.18-22

In the body Jesus was put to death, in the spirit he was raised to life, and in the spirit he went to preach to the spirits in prison.

Now it was long ago, when Noah was still building that ark which saved only a small group of eight people ‘by water’, that these spirits refused to believe. 

That water is a type of the baptism which saves you now, and which is not the washing off of physical dirt, but a pledge made to God from a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ

Jesus, please help me remember my baptism anniversary each year

Recording

Daniel Daring:
The medicine for our wayward heart
The time has come to make a decision. We can come to our senses and experience the joy of reunion with our Creator and Savior, or miss the chance and regret it for life

    Chinese text          Previous reflections

Mark 1.12-15

The Spirit drove Jesus out into the wilderness and he remained there for forty days, and was tempted by Satan. He was with the wild beasts, and the angels looked after him.

After John (the Baptist) had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. ‘The time has come’ he said ‘and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.’

Jesus, please help me repent and believe the Good News

Recording

 

Song for Lent based on the Gospels for Lent 1:

Jesus fasting in the desert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Recommended by
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Should We Pray for the Defeat of ISIS, or Their Conversion?


 Bogus orphanages in Cambodia: Aussie do-gooders 'tearing families apart'


Hour of Love  HK radio program 9.05pm HK time each Sunday night
- with recordings of messages from relatives in Tanzania for inmates in HK prisons

A powerful DVD about Sophie Scholl who died on this day in 1943 in Germany

10 years ago
 today

2005-02-22 Special visitor at Zhaoqing Ricci Centre for school-less children: Rom from Melbourne


To go with today's Bible readings about Noah 
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Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day of the week:

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

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

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

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

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


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

Life after El Chapo: Kingpin's arrest spells new era in Mexican drug war

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)




 

  Sat Feb 21

 

Happy Lunar New Year!

Chinese New Year - numbers

Pope's Lent message:
Be islands of mercy in a sea of indifference

Obama's short memory

If it's not religion, what's driving the kind of violent extremism that we're witnessing today?

Stop calling for a Muslim Enlightenment

After every terror attack the call rings out for the Muslim world to become modern. But Muslims have strenuously engaged with all that is new for hundreds of years 


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here 

Isaiah 51-52

Pay attention to me, you peoples.
Listen to me, you nations.

The islands put their hope in the Lord. They put their trust in his strength.

How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace and salvation, and tells Zion "Your God is king!"

Break into shouts of joy, you ruins of Jerusalem, for the Lord is redeeming his people.

All the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

Lord, may more and more people in more and more countries know you and love you

My recording of this reading

Psalms 35-37

O Lord, please save me from people who slander me, you who rescue the weak from the strong,
you whose love is so precious,
you in whose light we see light.

We believe that if we find our delight in you, you will grant our heart's desire.

And so we commit our lives to you, confident you will help us in time of trouble.

Lord, please deepen our trust in you, especially in time of trouble

Recording

 

 

 

 

 


 


Ephesians 6.18-24

Pray all the time, asking for what you need. Pray in the Spirit on every possible occasion.

Never tire of praying. Pray for me that I may proclaim the Good News boldly

Grace and eternal life to everyone who loves our Lord Jesus Christ

Jesus, help me to put Paul's teaching into practice in my life

Recording
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke 11.27-32

While Jesus was speaking, a woman in the crowd called out
"Blessed the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you"

Jesus replied "Even more blessed are those who hear the word of God and put it into practice!"

Jesus also said "On Judgement day, the Queen of the South will rise up with the people of this generation and condemn them, because she came from a distant country to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here"

Jesus, greater than Solomon, please help me put your teaching into practice

Recording

 

Africa  File

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

 


Kevin Walters (UK)

Only God can square the circle


BBC Panorama: Muslim First British Second
- the complexities of trying to address the issues of terrorism and radicalisation. 
 Not just a UK problem. A problem for whole world


How Chicago police condemned the innocent- a trail of coerced confessions

 Nagasaki was not the original target. It took the place of Kokura which was spared thanks to bad weather. The Nagasaki bomb was twice as powerful as the Hiroshima bomb. The Nagasaki bomb detonated several kilometres from the city centre, over the densely populated Urakami district - Japan's largest Christian community and the city's medical and educational district......a few hundred metres from Urakami Cathedral. It was a lie to say the point of detonation was a military target.   Pages 406-411:

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An excellent book to read with the coming of the 70th anniversaries in August this year


The names of which African countries contain the name of another African country? (click to enlarge map)

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Somalia - Mali; Malawi - Mali; 
Nigeria - Niger; South Sudan - Sudan;
 DRC - Congo; Guinea Bissau - Guinea
 Any more?


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
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

Top Australian footballer on cocaine charges

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)




 


Pope Francis:
Thank you Holy Spirit

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