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Frid July 28

Last night I attended the funeral service of one of the first members of our "Thursday night meal for homeless people" ... appropriately on a Thursday night. A most interesting service ...attended by more than a dozen homeless/poor people. Man now has best of all homes ...in Heaven. He's the one with small moustache, in blue shirt, standing in this photo. He was legally blind. He died of a heart attack. Thank you A-Fai for your prayers in Heaven. 

 

Today I'm due to make a one-day visit to Guangzhou in Mainland China, to collect information that will help a Mainland inmate whose trial is due to start in HK soon. My Mainland mobile number: +86 13824821861 (remembering St Eugene de Mazenod who died in 1861). A totally inaccurate description of my job: "boring".

 

"Jesus" Christmas cards banned in Qld govt schools?

 

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings 
Comments welcome here    
  Readings are from Simple Bible

1 Kings 11: Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines. Many of these women were foreigners. As Solomon grew old, his foreign women swayed his heart to allow the worship of foreign idols. This displeased the Lord and led to the breakup of Solomon's kingdom. Solomon was king for 40 years and then died.
Dear God, please protect leaders from corruption

My recording of this reading

 

 

Psalm 78: Listen, everyone, to my teaching. I will recount the lessons of our history. The things our parents have told us, we will not hide from our children, but will pass them on to the next generation. We want the next generation to know all that the Lord has done for us in the past. May the next generation in turn pass on this knowledge to their own children, so that they too will put their hope in God and never forget all that God has done for us. 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, help us not to forget all you have done for us

Recording: 01 02

 

1 Thessalonians 3.11-13: May God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ make it easy for us to visit you again. May the Lord be generous in increasing your love, and make you love one another and the whole human race as much as we love you. May the Lord so confirm your hearts in holiness, that you may be blameless in the sight of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus Christ comes with all his saints. 
Jesus, please increase my love for the whole human race

Recording


Matthew 6.1-15: Jesus said to the crowds: When you do a good deed, do it for its own sake, not just to get people to praise you. When you pray, love to pray in private in your heart. Don't be looking for people to notice and praise you. When you pray, there's no need to rave on and on. God is not deaf. Prayer is not a lawyer arguing a case. Prayer is a child speaking with simple trust like this: Our Father in heaven, may everyone love and honor you. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as in heaven. Thank you for enough food for today. Forgive us as we forgive others. Save us in time of trial. Protect us from evil
Jesus, help me remember that each time I pray "The Our Father", you are praying with me. "Your Father = my Father = our Father"

Recording

 

Reflection on the above Bible readings:

Just as an unfit/overweight person has urgent need of physical exercise, so all of us need spiritual exercise: Bible reading, prayer. Best not to wait till obesity sets in before starting physical exercise. Best not to wait till calamity strikes before starting spiritual exercise. In fact, just as physical exercise prevents physical obesity, so spiritual exercise prevents spiritual malnutrition.

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Pope's letter on climate change:  Laudato Si  我主應受讚美
Full English text       Full Chinese text

 132: Recording  This, then, is the correct framework for any reflection concerning human intervention on plants and animals, which at present includes genetic manipulation by biotechnology for the sake of exploiting the potential present in material reality.

The respect owed by faith to reason calls for close attention to what the biological sciences, through research uninfluenced by economic interests, can teach us about biological structures, their possibilities and their mutations. 

Any legitimate intervention will act on nature only in order "to favour its development in its own line, that of creation, as intended by God"

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Pope Francis: The Joy of the Gospel   
Full English text         Full Chinese text

130b: Recording  A sure sign of the authenticity of a charism is its ecclesial character, its ability to be integrated harmoniously into the life of God's holy and faithful people for the good of all.

Something truly new brought about by the Spirit need not overshadow other gifts and spiritualities in making itself felt.

To the extent that a charism is better directed to the heart of the Gospel, its exercise will be more ecclesial

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July: month of the Precious Blood of Jesus

An amazing story: The singing of a London tramp, made into a moving recording: Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet (need to turn volume up ...and wait for sound to begin at about 28 seconds...then music at 4 mins). Words: Jesus' blood never failed me yet, Never failed me yet, Jesus' blood never failed me yet, There's one thing I know, For he loves me so   


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 Yesterday morning I had a smile in my heart as I left Printshop in Jordan ....after I paid bill (thanks to kind local HK friends) to confirm re-printing of the Simple Bible: Old Testament (English edition). Should be ready for collection next Thursday DV. Intended mainly for prison inmates. DG!

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

Sun: Africa
Mon: Europe, Russia        
Tues:
South Asia  
Wed: East Asia            
Thurs:
S.E. Asia, Pacific 
Frid: S. America     
Sat:
Cent, N. 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 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, today, Friday, please bless all Muslims

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Thur July 27

I spent most of yesterday at Tai Lam Women's prison....where for the second time this year at Tai Lam I had the pleasure of an encouraging chat with CSD Commissioner Mr Au Chi Chiu. He again warmly expressed his thanks for the work of my anti-drug campaign. With a touch of nostalgia....Mr Au due to retire soon...this was a farewell visit. And see below for another memorable encounter at Tai Lam yesterday.

 

Facebook may be censored on Express Rail Link trains as they pass through HK (...Facebook, Google, Gmail etc can't be accessed legally in China...)

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings 
Comments welcome here    
  Readings are from Simple Bible

1 Kings 10: Solomon's wealth continued to grow. He acquired a fleet of ships for trading. He also had a huge force of chariots and horses. The queen of Sheba heard about Solomon's wisdom and came to visit him. Solomon answered all her questions. None of her questions was too difficult for him. 
Dear Lord, please give wisdom to all world leaders

My recording of this reading

 

Psalms 73-77: Sometimes when I see how bad people prosper, I wonder what's the use in trying to be good? But then I realize that everyone someday has to pay the bill for any evil they have bought in the world. Sometimes when I see our world  and religion in ruins, I wonder why has God abandoned us? Then I remember that God has promised to break the power of the wicked. He has promised to give strength to good people. So may all people honor the Lord our God and judge. May the Lord give us his loving help.
Lord, you are goodness itself. Please help us to be good and to trust you always

Recording

 

1 Thessalonians 2.13-16: As soon as you heard the Good News, you accepted it as God's message and not just some human thinking. This message is still a living power among you. For the sake of the Good News, you have been badly treated by your own countrymen, just as Christians in Judea have been badly treated by the Jews. The Jews have been persecuting us and hindering us from spreading the Good News.
Jesus, please help people who are being hindered from spreading the message of your love

Recording


Matthew 5. 13-48: Jesus said to the crowds: You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, it's no use for anything. You are the light of the world. Let the world see your light, your good deeds. When people see you doing good deeds, people will praise God. I have not come to abolish the Jewish religion. I have come to raise it to a higher level of goodness. Your goodness must not just be something superficial. Your goodness must be something from the heart. You must avoid anger and insult, just like you avoid murder. If you have offended someone, say "Sorry". You must avoid lustful looks and thoughts. Looking at someone lustfully is immorality of the heart. Love and pray for people who are unkind to you. This is the way to practise the highest level of goodness. 
Jesus, please help me practise a higher level of goodness

Recording

 

Reflection on the above Bible readings: 

Jesus' words in today's Gospel were spoken "to the crowds" ... not just to the disciples/apostles. Every human being is meant to be a person who does good deeds, who avoids anger etc. 

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Pope's letter on climate change:  Laudato Si  
我主應受讚美
Full English text       Full Chinese text

131: Recording Here I would recall the balanced position of Saint John Paul II, who stressed the benefits of scientific and technological progress as evidence of "the nobility of the human vocation to participate responsibly in God's creative action", while also noting that "we cannot interfere in one area of the ecosystem without paying due attention to the consequences of such interference in other areas".

He made it clear that the Church values the benefits which result "from the study and applications of molecular biology, supplemented by other disciplines such as genetics, and its technological application in agriculture and industry".

But he also pointed out that this should not lead to "indiscriminate genetic manipulation" which ignores the negative effects of such interventions.

Human creativity cannot be suppressed. 

If an artist cannot be stopped from using his or her creativity, neither should those who possess particular gifts for the advancement of science and technology be prevented from using their God-given talents for the service of others.

We need constantly to rethink the goals, effects, overall context and ethical limits of this human activity, which is a form of power involving considerable risks.

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Pope Francis: The Joy of the Gospel   
Full English text         Full Chinese text

130a: Recording  The Holy Spirit also enriches the entire evangelizing Church with different charisms.

These gifts are meant to renew and build up the Church

They are not an inheritance, safely secured and entrusted to a small group for safekeeping; rather they are gifts of the Spirit integrated into the body of the Church, drawn to the centre which is Christ and then channelled into an evangelizing impulse.

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 In one dayroom of Tai Lam Women's Centre yesterday, one member of a group of inmates (whose first language is not English) offered me "a big kiss". I jokingly said "yes please" (not that I would have gone ahead with the deal..) ...only to find out that what she said was "would you like a biscuit?". Crumbs....

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

Sun: Africa
Mon: Europe, Russia        
Tues:
South Asia  
Wed: East Asia            
Thurs:
S.E. Asia, Pacific 
Frid: South America     
Sat: Cent, N America    
Jesus, today, Thursday, please bless the people of South 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, today, Thursday, please pacify Al-Qaeda

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Wed July 26


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My post two days ago here on Jamii Forums has had more than 900 views! ...and some interesting(?) comments!)

 

Today is the Feast of Saint Anne, the grandmother of Jesus. Many sick people have been healed at this famous church in her honour in Canada: St Anne de Beaupre. Which explains all the crutches here:

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  Chris McDonnell 

Talking of vocation ...
I would like to explore that word 'vocation' a bit further, to ask a few questions as to its nature and the permanence of a particular acceptance

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings 
Comments welcome here     
Readings are from Simple Bible

1 Kings 8-9:  When the temple was finished, Solomon shifted the Sacred Chest to the temple. After the Chest was placed in the temple, the glorious cloud of the Lord filled the temple. Solomon then praised God and blessed the people. Solomon prayed that the temple would be a place of blessings. Solomon also prayed that all the peoples of the world would come to know the Lord from whom all life comes. The Lord again appeared to Solomon and said: "I will be near to all who enter the temple you have built." 
Dear God, may all temples and churches in the world be places where people praise and love you

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 72: O Lord, please bless the king, that he might serve your people with justice. May the mountains bring forth peace for the people and the hills, justice. The kings of Sheba and Seba bring him gifts. All nations will serve him. He will save the poor when they cry for help and the needy who are helpless. He will have pity on the weak and save the lives of the poor. May every tribe be blessed in him. May every nation bless his name. 
May all the nations know and love you, Lord

Recording

 

1 Thessalonians 1.7 - 2.12: You are a great example to other believers, since it was from you that the word of the Lord spread to many places. Everyone knows how we planted the Good News in your hearts, and how you broke with idolatry and became servants of the living God. Let me remind you how we loved and served you, like loving parents caring for their dear children. 
Jesus, thank you for the people who nurtured me as a Christian
Recording


Matthew 5.1-12: Jesus said to the crowds: Blessed are poor and simple of heart  people. They belong to the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are people who are going through great sorrow. Their hearts will be filled with peace. Blessed are people who lead just and honest lives. They will see the victory of goodness. Blessed are people who show mercy to others. God will be merciful to them. Blessed are people who have a clean heart. They will see God. Blessed are people who are peacemakers. They are God's children. Blessed are people who are persecuted for the cause of right. They will receive a great reward in heaven.
Jesus, please help me be merciful and kind and just
 
Recording

 

 

 Reflection on the above readings: 

Solomon was famous for his wisdom, but how much greater is the wisdom of Jesus in "The Beatitudes". In a world which bombards us with messages to speed and spend, how good it is to hear Jesus' words reminding us about eternal values. 

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Pope's letter on climate change:  Laudato Si  我主應受讚美
Full English text       Full Chinese text

130: Recording  In the philosophical and theological vision of the human being and of creation which I have presented, it is clear that the human person, endowed with reason and knowledge, is not an external factor to be excluded.

While human intervention on plants and animals is permissible when it pertains to the necessities of human life, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that experimentation on animals is morally acceptable only "if it remains within reasonable limits [and] contributes to caring for or saving human lives".

The Catechism firmly states that human power has limits and that "it is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer or die needlessly".

All such use and experimentation "requires a religious respect for the integrity of creation"

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Pope Francis: The Joy of the Gospel   
Full English text         Full Chinese text

129b: Recording  In countries where Christianity is a minority, then, along with encouraging each of the baptized to proclaim the Gospel, particular Churches should actively promote at least preliminary forms of inculturation. 

The ultimate aim should be that the Gospel, as preached in categories proper to each culture, will create a new synthesis with that particular culture. 

This is always a slow process and at times we can be overly fearful.

But if we allow doubts and fears to dampen our courage, instead of being creative we will remain comfortable and make no progress whatsoever.

In this case we will not take an active part in historical processes, but become mere onlookers as the Church gradually stagnates.

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 Yesterday at the High Court I attended 3 trials - all drug trafficking cases - 2 South African men and one woman from Mainland China. First two cases, like most cases I attend, were in English. Third one was in Cantonese ...mentioned how woman was tricked by a Nigerian Drug Lord named "C.J." ....which immediately rang a bell for me. He was/is a well known figure in the Tsim Sha Tsui area of HK ....and ....on my flight from Dubai to HK on January 29, 2015 (after my first visit to Africa), he was sitting next to me! I informed the captain of this but no action was taken by HK Customs (...he's an informer...). This is not a laughing matter if you spend 12 years in prison after being tricked by someone...

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

Sun: Africa
Mon: Europe, Russia         
Tues: South Asia  
Wed: East Asia      
Thurs:
S.E.Asia, Pacific 
Frid: South America    
Sat:
Cent, N America    
Jesus, today, Wednesday, please bless the people of
East Asia

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:
On this 26th
of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Xinjiang

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 26th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of Togo

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

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Tues July 25

Many photos here:
Cardinal Orlando Quevedo O.M.I. delivers keynote at national conference in Melbourne

 

Letter in Swahili from a Tanzanian man in prison in HK for drug trafficking - here (July 20)
He is the only one to come to HK in 2017! 
DG for these figures - the number of Tanzanian drug mules arrested at HK airport:
2010 - 12
2011 - 16
2012 - 28
2013 - 33
2014 - 12
2015 - 8
2016 - 3
2017 - 1 (! Deo Gratias!)

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Late night last night ... preparing for three (!) cases at High Court this morning. So...a smaller menu today.

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings 
Comments welcome here     
Readings are from Simple Bible

1 Kings 6-7: Solomon built the temple of the Lord with finest wood and many precious materials. The temple took 7 years to build. Solomon also built a palace for himself. This took 13 years to build. 
Dear God, may all temples and churches in the world be places of prayer and peace

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 71: In you, O Lord, I take refuge. Please hear me and help me. Be a rock where I can take refuge. Rescue me from people who want to hurt me. It is you, O Lord, who are my hope. In you I have trusted since I was young. From my mother's womb you have been my help. My hope has always been in you. Now that I am old, please do not forget me. Now that my strength fails, do not abandon me. Now that I am old and grey-headed, may I continue to trust in you and proclaim your help. To you I will sing with the harp. All day long my tongue will tell of your goodness to me.
Lord, may all elderly people put their trust and hope in you

Recording

 

Acts 12.1-17 (for Feast of St James): About this time, King Herod began persecuting the church. He beheaded the apostle James, brother of John. He arrested Peter during Passover time. He put Peter in prison and planned to have him put on trial and killed after Passover. Each day Peter was in prison, the believers stormed heaven praying for him. On the night before he was to be put on trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, fastened with chains, with more soldiers at the prison entrance. Suddenly Peter's cell was filled with light, and an angel told him to get up. The chains fell from his hands. The angel led Peter out of the prison, without the guards knowing what was happening. Peter then left for another place. Herod was unable to find him.
Jesus, please help Christians who are in prison for their faith

Recording


Matthew 20.20-28 (for Feast of Saint James): You are a great example to other believers, since it was from you that the word of the Lord spread to many places. Everyone knows how we planted the Good News in your hearts, and how you broke with idolatry and became servants of the living God. Let me remind you how we loved and served you, like loving parents caring for their dear children. Jesus, thank you for the people who nurtured me as a Christian

Recording

Reflection on the above readings:

Today a big day in Santiago

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

Sun: Africa
Mon: Europe, Russia
Tues: South Asia  
Wed: East Asia
Thurs: S.E. Asia, Pacific 
Frid: South America
Sat: Cent, N America    
Jesus, today, Tuesday, please bless the people of South Asia

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:
On this 25th
of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Ningxia

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

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

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Mon July 24

 

I saw this with my own eyes last week - it's extraordinary! - and it's the way all nations will someday do things:
Going cashless-China cashes in as mobile payments soar

 

Here's what Australia, HK and other places can expect if the radical LGBT lobby is not opposed:
Parents stand up to unhinged pro-abortion activists at school board meeting

 

HK inmates keep silent over prison staff misconduct for fear of retaliation

 

Letter from a South African man in prison in HK for drug trafficking - here (June 30)

 

, below: yesterday's "Clayton's" typhoon

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings 
Comments welcome here     
Readings are from Simple Bible

1 Kings 4-5: Solomon enjoyed peace with all his neighbouring countries. He was blessed by God with great wisdom and understanding. He composed 3,000 proverbs and 1,000 songs. People from all nations went to hear Solomon's wisdom. Solomon made preparations for building a temple for the Lord. Hiram, king of Tyre, made a treaty with Solomon. Hiram provided wood for building the temple.
Dear God, please help all nations live peacefully with each other

My recording of this reading

 

Psalms 69-70: Save me, O God, for the waters have risen to my neck. I am sinking fast and can't keep afloat much longer. So many people hate me without cause. I have no more strength to resist them. May my situation not cause anyone to lose faith in you. May people realize that it is for your sake that I am taunted. Taunts have broken my heart. No one shows me any compassion. For food they give me poison. In my thirst they give me vinegar to drink. Lord, do not hide your face from your servant. Answer quickly for I am in distress. You are my rescuer, my help, O God. O Lord, do not delay to help me. 
O God come to our assistance. Lord make haste to help us
Recording

 

1 Thessalonians 1.1-6: From Paul, Silvanus and Timothy to the Church of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ in Thessalonika. Wishing you grace and peace. In my prayers for you, I thank God our Father for your faith in action, your work for love, and your persevering hope. When we brought the Good News to you, it came to you not just as words, but as power from the Holy Spirit. By the grace of the Holy Spirit, you accepted the Good News, despite great opposition from many quarters.
Jesus, help people accept the Good News, despite opposition

Recording



Matthew 4.12-25: After his time in the desert, Jesus began preaching the same message as John the Baptist: "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand". Jesus called four fishermen to become "fishers of men": Peter and his brother Andrew, James and his brother John. They left their boats and went with Jesus. Jesus went all round the area of Galilee, preaching in local prayer halls and healing all kinds of sick people News spread about the sick being healed, and soon even  people from distant places came to Jesus to be healed.
Jesus, please heal the people I know who are sick: (...names...)
Recording

 

Reflection on the above readings:

Many times each day we "repent" ...in the sense that we realize we're making a mistake and so we take action to do things better. e.g. "I'd better get a move on or I'll be late"; "I wasn't going to take an umbrella but after listening to the weather report I realize I need an umbrella"; "I really messed up that job/conversation/meeting. I must try to do better next time". But Jesus' "repent" goes even deeper: it involves acknowledging actions that are/were bad/harmful ...for ourselves/others ....and saying "sorry"...to God and to others....and trying to avoid those actions in the future.

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Pope's letter on climate change:  Laudato Si  
我主應受讚美
Full English text       Full Chinese text

129b: Recording  Civil authorities have the right and duty to adopt clear and firm measures in support of small producers and differentiated production. 

To ensure economic freedom from which all can effectively benefit, restraints occasionally have to be imposed on those possessing greater resources and financial power.

To claim economic freedom while real conditions bar many people from actual access to it, and while possibilities for employment continue to shrink, is to practise a doublespeak which brings politics into disrepute.

Business is a noble vocation, directed to producing wealth and improving our world.

It can be a fruitful source of prosperity for the areas in which it operates, especially if it sees the creation of jobs as an essential part of its service to the common good.

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Pope Francis: The Joy of the Gospel   
Full English text         Full Chinese text

129a: Recording  We should not think, however, that the Gospel message must always be communicated by fixed formulations learned by heart or by specific words which express an absolutely invariable content.

This communication takes place in so many different ways that it would be impossible to describe or catalogue them all, and God's people, with all their many gestures and signs, are its collective subject

If the Gospel is embedded in a culture, the message is no longer transmitted solely from person to person

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 For a few hours from about 9.30 a.m. yesterday, typhoon signal No. 8 was hoisted   ....causing churches to cancel morning services. But restaurants and McDonald's stayed open. How come churches have to "close"? If the reason is legal liability, don't the restaurants also have liability? And once again the typhoon signal was a storm in a teacup....a false alarm...almost no rain and not much wind. I guess the weather bureau forget to tell the Good Lord that No. 8 was up!?

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

Sun: Africa 
Mon: Europe, Russia
Tues: South Asia  
Wed: East Asia 
Thurs: S.E. Asia, Pacific 
Frid: South America
Sat: Cent, N. America   
  
Jesus, today, Monday, please bless the people of Europe & Russia

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:
On this 24th of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Inner Mongolia

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

And praying for one
Islam-related intention each day of the week:

Jesus, today,
Monday, please pacify I.S.

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What "gay marriage" did to Massachusetts (original English video)
and now a special Cantonese version for HK
同志婚姻立法後,自2004年 美國麻省的改變 ( 廣東話附字幕版)

 

    Fr Francis Ching, the priest who can't read

 

A really important article - relevant to all countries - by George Monbiot:
Missing Link
How a secretive network built around a Nobel prizewinner set out to curtail our freedoms

 

  Today, 3pm, monthly prayer meeting for the sick, at St Paul's Yau Ma Tei. Everyone welcome. Previous photos

 

below, story about a happy encounter last night!

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings 
Comments welcome here     
Readings are from Simple Bible

c.f. readings for Sunday 16

Wisdom 10-19: Wisdom has been present in the world since the beginning of time. Wisdom has always been a close friend of good people. Wise people see God in the beauty of creation. Foolish people are blind to God's presence in creation. Wise people ponder God's goodness and kindness. Wise people  try to be good and kind to other people.
Lord, please help me see and imitate your goodness and kindness

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 86: Turn your ear, O Lord, and give answer for I am poor and needy. O Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of love to all who call to you. All the nations shall come to adore you and glorify your name, O Lord, you who alone are God. Show me, Lord, your way, and guide my heart so that I may walk in your truth. I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart for your love to me has been great. O give your strength to your servant and save your handmaid's son.
Dear Lord, thank you for all your love

Recording

 

Romans 8.26-29: When we are not sure of what to say in prayer, we ask the Spirit to pray in us. We know that by turning everything to their good, God blesses everyone who loves him. God the Father wants us to become living images of his Son, so that his Son will be the eldest of many brothers and sisters. 
Jesus, brother Jesus, please help me to be more like you
Recording


Matthew 13: Jesus told the people another story: The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. An enemy came and sowed weeds in the same field. When the good seed sprouted, so did the weeds. The man's servants asked if they should get rid of the weeds. "No", said the man, "you might damage the good seed if you do that. Let them both grow till harvest time. Then burn the weeds." Then Jesus explained his story: "I am the sower. The field is the world. The good seed stands for people of good will. The weeds stand for people of bad will. The enemy is Satan. At the end of the world, the Son of Man will send his angels to sort out the good and the bad people. Bad people will go to hell.  Good people will go to heaven".
Jesus, please protect good people from bad people

Recording

 

 Reflection on the above readings: 

Pope Francis' words about the weeds in today's Gospel - good for parents/teachers etc:An evangelizing community is always concerned with fruit, because the Lord wants her to be fruitful. It cares for the grain and does not grow impatient at the weeds. The sower, when he sees weeds sprouting among the grain does not grumble or overreact. He or she finds a way to let the word take flesh in a particular situation and bear fruits of new life, however imperfect or incomplete these may appear(Joy of the Gospel, No. 24)


Video commentary on today's readings - in Italian with English, Chinese and Spanish subtitles

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Pope's letter on climate change:  Laudato Si  我主應受讚美
Full English text       Full Chinese text

129a: Recording  In order to continue providing employment, it is imperative to promote an economy which favours productive diversity and business creativity.

For example, there is a great variety of small-scale food production systems which feed the greater part of the world's peoples, using a modest amount of land and producing less waste, be it in small agricultural parcels, in orchards and gardens, hunting and wild harvesting or local fishing.

Economies of scale, especially in the agricultural sector, end up forcing smallholders to sell their land or to abandon their traditional crops. 

Their attempts to move to other, more diversified, means of production prove fruitless because of the difficulty of linkage with regional and global markets, or because the infrastructure for sales and transport is geared to larger businesses

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Hour of Love HK radio program 8.30 pm HK time tonight - with items about HK prison inmates

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  Last night after Mass at St Paul's Yau Ma Tei I stopped on the way home at a nearby clinic where many drug users can be found. Two of them had been recently released from detention and had declined an offer from St Stephen's Society to help them. As I again encouraged them to go to St Stephen's drug treatment centre, who should suddenly appear ....but a band of volunteers from....St Stephen's! The Good Lord sure has a sense of timing. I went away happy...and praying harder than usual that the two would let St Stephen's help them. 

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

Sun: Africa
Mon: Europe, Russia 
Tues: South Asia  
Wed: East Asia
Thurs: S.E. Asia, Pacific 
Fri: South America
Sat: Cent., N America    
Jesus, today, Sunday, please bless the people of Africa

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:
On this 23rd of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Guangxi

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

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

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Sat July 22 

 

  I arrived back in HK last night after two nights in Guangzhou ...gathering information to help a Mainland inmate due for trial soon ...and doing some publicity for my anti-drug campaign. This was my first trip to China for 8 years, and among the many things that stood out for me was the use of WeChat as a way of paying bills. Even fruit sellers by the side of the road in Guangzhou have a bar code to be scanned to pay your bill! This article is an eye-opener:
In Urban China, Hardly Anyone Is Using Cash Anymore

 

Cardinal Orlie Quevedo O.M.I. in Melbourne:
Filipino migrant workers often exploited

 

Farewell Ladies and Gentlemen
- LGMB propaganda on Qantas and on London trains

 

What "gay marriage" did to Massachusetts (original English video)
and now a special Cantonese version for HK

 

Tomorrow, 3pm, monthly prayer meeting for the sick, at St Paul's Yau Ma Tei. Everyone welcome. Previous photos

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The Book Blog:   4 readings + recordings 
Comments welcome here     
Readings are from Simple Bible

c.f. readings for Feast of Mary Magdalene

Song of Songs 3.1-4: The bride says: On my bed, at night, I sought him whom my heart loves. I sought but did not find him. So I will rise and go through the City; in the streets and in the squares, I will seek him whom my heart loves. I sought, but did not find him. The watchmen came upon me on their rounds in the City: ‘Have you seen him whom my heart loves?’ Scarcely had I passed them, when I found him whom my heart loves.
Jesus, please increase my love for you, my longing for you.
My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 63: O God, you are my God, for you I long. My body and soul thirst for you, like a dry, weary land without water. Your love is better than life, my lips will speak your praise. On my bed I remember you. On you I muse through the night. 
Lord, our hearts are restless, until they rest in you
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2 Corinthians 5.14-19: The love of Christ is like a tsunami. It overwhelms us and sweeps us away when we remember how Jesus died for everyone. God, through Christ, has repaired his friendship with humanity. We must spread the news of this reconciliation.
 
"And when I think, that God his Son not sparing, sent him to die, I scarce can take it in"
- from the song "How Great Thou Art"
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John 20.11-18: Peter and John went home. Mary Magdalene remained at the tomb, crying. When she looked inside the tomb, she saw two angels in white. She also saw Jesus standing there, though she did not recognize him. Jesus said "Woman, why are you crying?". Mary thought he was the gardener so she said to him "If you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him". Jesus said "Mary" and she recognized him. Jesus then said "I will ascend to my Father". Mary went and told the disciples all she had seen and heard.
Jesus, please bless people who are crying at funerals  today. May awareness of your presence bring them peace and strength for the days ahead

Recording

 

Reflection on the above readings:

Mary Magdalene is called "the apostle of the apostles" because she gave good news to the apostles about Jesus' Resurrection

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Pope's letter on climate change:  Laudato Si  
我主應受讚美
Full English text       Full Chinese text

128: Recording We were created with a vocation to work. 

The goal should not be that technological progress increasingly replace human work, for this would be detrimental to humanity.

Work is a necessity, part of the meaning of life on this earth, a path to growth, human development and personal fulfilment.

Helping the poor financially must always be a provisional solution in the face of pressing needs.

The broader objective should always be to allow them a dignified life through work.

Yet the orientation of the economy has favoured a kind of technological progress in which the costs of production are reduced by laying off workers and replacing them with machines.

This is yet another way in which we can end up working against ourselves.

The loss of jobs also has a negative impact on the economy "through the progressive erosion of social capital: the network of relationships of trust, dependability, and respect for rules, all of which are indispensable for any form of civil coexistence".

In other words, "human costs always include economic costs, and economic dysfunctions always involve human costs".

To stop investing in people, in order to gain greater short-term financial gain, is bad business for society.

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Pope Francis: The Joy of the Gospel   
Full English text         Full Chinese text

128b: Recording  At times the message can be presented directly, at times by way of a personal witness or gesture, or in a way which the Holy Spirit may suggest in that particular situation. 

If it seems prudent and if the circumstances are right, this fraternal and missionary encounter could end with a brief prayer related to the concerns which the person may have expressed.

 In this way they will have an experience of being listened to and understood; they will know that their particular situation has been placed before God, and that God’s word really speaks to their lives.

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 Re story at top about the use of WeChat in China to pay bills: it is said that even beggars by the side of the road have barcodes to scan if you want to make a donation!

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

Sun: Africa          
Mon:
Europe, Russia           
Tues:
South Asia  
Wed: East Asia                         
Thurs:
S.E. Asia, Pacific 
Frid: South America                   
Sat: Cent. & N America    
Jesus, today, Saturday, please bless the people of Central & North America

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:
On this 22nd of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Zhejiang

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

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

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Please also join me in praying for the very many deformed and handicapped people from China who are on the streets of HK as beggars...as well as deformed people in China itself ...like Hung Chun Cai

        
    My Africa trips: 
2015: Tanzania, Malawi

2016: Kenya, Uganda

2017: Southern Africa, Dubai

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Gay marriage: an elephant in the room (by John W)

Video: What "gay marriage" did to Massachusetts 
同志婚姻自2004年立法後,美國麻省的改變 ( 廣東話附字幕版)

  Frightening YouTube reports: LGBT radical impact on educational institutions (No. 5); LGBT infiltrating churches (No. 6); US corporations massively supporting LGBT agenda (No. 7). What has happened in the US is now starting to happen in other places. Some day our children will ask "why didn't you do more to stop this evil?"

 

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Pope's surprise visit to drug treatment centre

Pope is practising what he preaches: "get out and mix with the poor"

 

HK readers might like to join me in praying each day for one group of HK prison inmates: Sun: Lo Wu; Mon: C.I.C., Siu Lam, Tai Lam; Tue: Stanley Wed:  Hei Ling Chau   Thu: Lantau 
Fri: Lai Chi Kok       Sat: Hospitals, Pik Uk & other centres


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