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

Use to/from school/work ! 

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

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

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

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

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


 
Imitating Pope Francis Franc


Pope to visit Turkey Nov 28-30

National Day: Hungary

Thurs Oct 23

Happy Diwali! (2013)

A good day to have items
 from Sr Inigo in
India!

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Sr Inigo's  previous  items
on this website

 Sr Inigo Joachim gave the Jamshedpur diocese annual retreat for priests

Also from Sr Inigo: 
The role of society in the transformation of prisoners
   

No end in sight for HK
 protests after talks fail
 

HK CE 
Digs A New Hole

His subjects are
 "too stupid to vote" !

2014-10-23Mong-Kong-7bears.jpg (374965 bytes)
click to enlarge

My HK Democracy File


The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

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

1 Maccabees 12:

Jonathan sent a delegation to Rome to renew his treaty with the Romans.  He also renewed treaties with other groups, all the time using politics to secure peace for Israel.

But Demetrius once again made war on Jonathan, this time with
a larger army than before.

Jonathan bravely faced and defeated Demetrius' army before they could enter the land of Israel.

Not long after this Jonathan was tricked and captured by Trypho who wanted to become king of Asia, replacing Antiochus

Dear God, please give wisdom and courage to all leaders

Recording of this reading
for English students

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 all the 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

Acts 27:

Navigation at that time of the year was dangerous, since winter was starting. But the ship's captain set sail hoping to reach Phoenix, a harbor in Crete

Suddenly a fierce storm began and the ship could not be turned head-on to the wind. We had to let ourselves be driven by the wind

The ship was badly damaged by the storm. On the second day, the cargo was dumped overboard

For several days both sun and  stars were invisible as the storm raged.  We lost all hope of surviving

Jesus, help sailors who are in danger at sea today

Recording

Today's Gospel

Mark 6:

After feeding the crowd with 5 loaves and 2 fish, Jesus told his disciples to go by boat across the nearby lake.

Jesus stayed to send the crowds away. Then he went up into the hills to pray.

When it was dark, the boat was far from land, but battling large waves caused by a strong head-wind.

Jesus then walked on the water towards the boat. He called out to his disciples "Courage. It is I. Don't be afraid."

Then he got into the boat, and the wind stopped.

Jesus, please give me courage by helping me remember that you are in my boat (my life)  

Recording


Tanzania president begins 6 day visit to China
(Tz opposition claims that on a previous trip he signed 13 trade deals to have his eldest son released from detention on a serious drug trafficking charge)


Synod affirms Francis' vision of church governance

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

Stand-off pits drug dealers, Dar police - Chonji arrested!
Notice how Chonji's name is on this page of very first letter from a Tanzanian inmate in a HK prison posted on this website!  Further verification of accuracy of letter!

This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)




 

 Wed Oct 22

National Day: The Vatican (!?)


Sri Lanka's snap poll 
casts doubt on Pope's visit

CE says masses would dominate in fair vote  (!!!) ...whereas the rich dominate in present unfair vote!!!

He said the city would then end up with "that kind of politics and policies"!!!

c.f. Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement is about inequality. The elite knows it !!!     

 Student-government talks - SCMP Blog

Hong Kong's leader Leung Chun-ying says there's room for 'more democratic' elections as talks begin

My HK Democracy File


The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

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

1 Maccabees 11: 

King Ptolemy of Egypt pretended to be friends with Alexander. But then he went to war with Alexander.

Ptolemy's army won the battle, but not long after both Ptolemy and Alexander died.

Demetrius then became king.  He had an unstable relationship with Jonathan even though Jonathan on one occasion rescued him from former supporters of Alexander.

Demetrius was replaced as king by a young Antiochus. Antiochus confirmed Jonathan's position as leader of Israel.

Dear God, please stop countries from fighting each other

Recording of this reading
for English students

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

 


Acts 27:

For the journey to Rome, Paul and some other prisoners were put in the custody of a soldier named Julius.

After sailing for one day, we arrived at the city of Sidon, where Julius kindly allowed Paul to meet with some friends

Then we sailed past Cyprus and reached the city of Myra in Lycia, where we changed to a ship bound for Italy

The wind was against us near Crete. We struggled along the coast to a place called Fair Havens

Jesus, help prison guards to be kind like Julius

Recording

Today's Gospel!

 

Mark 6:

Once after Jesus had been healing and teaching many people all afternoon, his disciples said to him "It's getting late and the people need to go and eat".

Jesus replied "They don't need to go. You feed them". The disciples replied "We have only 5 loaves and 2 fish".

Jesus got the people to sit on the grass. There were about 20,000 of them. Then he blessed the loaves and fish.

He handed the loaves and fish to his disciples. His disciples gave them to the crowd.

Everyone had plenty to eat. They even had 12 baskets of leftovers.

Jesus, please help the starving people of the world

Recording


Chris McDonnell (Wed UK blogger)  

Stones Still Standing
The Church is an act of faith and its members, living examples of faith in action. That is where the focus must be clear and sharp. Our faith in the person of Jesus and our willingness to make the Gospel the sign post of our journey comes before everything. If that means being realistic in our time for the sake of the people, then that we must be.  

This article also posted on website of Association of Catholic Priests, Ireland


Moments of Magnanimity
In Australia during the last 50 years, we have been invited on at least three occasions to respond to “moments of magnanimity”, says Garry Everett. As a nation, we will soon be offered a fourth moment.

Cash for refugees shames both Australia and Cambodia


John Allen

However dramatic, the Synod of Bishops 2014 was just the beginning

Some say Francis loosed forces he can't control. But others believe he now knows where bishops stand -- and what he has to do to implement his vision for the future of the Church


Child Sexual Abuse 

WHERE WE’VE BEEN AND WHERE WE’RE GOING
— HOW SURVIVORS HAVE CHANGED HISTORY

Church legally liable for pre-1996 child sexual abuse


On creativity, destruction and mercy

Walter Kasper, in his book Mercy, gives us a clue about what we Christians need to cultivate in our lives, in the Church and in civil society, if anything is to change for the better, writes Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon.


China executed 2,400 people last year - rights group

Pakistani Hindus call for Diwali holiday

Prison suicides- the disgrace that Chris Grayling doesn't get

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

10 years ago today

2004-10-22,23 HK friends Daphne & Mandy at Ricci Centre, English Corner (+ Jo & Phil), Area B1 Centre

HK Chief Executive: full democracy in HK would mean that rich people would lose control of HK ! 
(see story at top of menu)

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

 

Spice – the synthetic drug gaining a grip on Russia

This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)




 

 Tues Oct 21

National Day: Somalia

My photos of Hong Kong democracy protests
- Mong Kong, Admiralty, Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui 


My HK Democracy File

Praying for sick people, at St Paul's, Yau Ma Tei
- many photos

Australia set to seize assets of corrupt Chinese officials

The Australian Federal Police are poised to seize assets of corrupt Chinese officials within weeks, in an unprecedented joint operation with their Chinese counterparts


The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

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

1 Maccabees 10: 

When King Demetrius was challenged for the throne by Alexander, Demetrius tried to get Jonathan's support for a possible war with Alexander.

Alexander then also sought Jonathan's support, and appointed him as high priest of Israel.

Demetrius again tried to win Jonathan's support, but Jonathan
and the Jews did not trust Demetrius.

Alexander and Demetrius went to war. Demetrius  died in the battle.

Alexander then became king. He married Cleopatra, daughter of Egypt's Ptolemy, thus securing a treaty with Egypt.

Jonathan met Alexander and Ptolemy, and was given great honor in their presence.

About 147 B.C. Demetrius son of Demetrius challenged Alexander for the throne.

This younger Demetrius also challenged Jonathan to fight.

Jonathan defeated the army of Demetrius. Alexander then gave Jonathan new honors.

Dear God, please help all countries live at peace with each other

Recording of this reading
for English students

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 the memory of your help in the past, give us strength to face the future

Recording

 

 

Acts 24:

After two years, Felix was succeeded by Festus. Festus arranged a new trial for Paul

The religious leaders repeated their accusations. Paul repeated his innocence

Festus wanted to gain favor with the leaders so he said to Paul "Are you willing to go to Jerusalem for a trial with the full council of religious leaders, at which I would preside?"

Paul knew his rights, and stood his ground, not wanting to go to a kangaroo court in Jerusalem. So he invoked his right as a Roman citizen: "I appeal to Caesar"

Festus replied "You have appealed to Caesar; to Caesar (Rome) you shall go"

Jesus, please give us courage to stand up for our rights

Recording

 

 

Recommended: check these readings early morning, think about them during the day, check them again at night. This habit gives us extra energy, courage, motivation, peace and compassion for each day

Mark 6:

Not long after Jesus began traveling and teaching, King Herod arrested John the Baptist and put him in prison.

This was because John had told Herod he was breaking the Law by living with Herodias,  his brother's wife.

During a birthday party for Herod, the daughter of Herodias danced.

Her dancing so pleased Herod that he said he would give her anything she wanted.

Herodias told her to ask for the head of John the Baptist on a dish. Herod then had John beheaded.

Jesus, please give the world good leaders, and protect people from bad leaders like Herod

Recording

 

 


Pope Francis’ healing, loving revolution is unstoppable

A minority of bishops clings to conservative ways but the Catholic church is slowly changing and will be holier for it


Why coal is not good for humanity

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

This video has much information about the "Satanic verses", about the massacre of Jews ("the world's first Holocaust"), why Jerusalem is Islam's third city (after Mecca and Medina), how many wives Muhammad had (9+), the development of Sufism, how Muhammad used non-violent diplomacy (in one case sparing a whole city, Mecca, that had surrendered to him), the moving Last Sermon of Muhammad, how the Quran does not condone violence in 2014 


$1 billion to keep 2200 asylum seekers offshore

Jakarta street party as Jokowi fever hits city

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


Last Sunday as I waited at a bus stop, a bridal procession was coming out of a church across the road from the bus stop. Much cheering and clapping.  Also at the bus stop was a four year old local Chinese boy, his mother and his grandmother. Said the little boy to his mother "Was it like that for you?"  (A very clever question for a 4 year old!). Mother, grandmother and others nearby all smiled


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

 

This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)




 


 Mon  Oct 20

Sat nite protesters and police clash


 

  
Photos taken by myself last night at Democracy Protest on Nathan Road
near Mong Kok. A totally peaceful protest when I saw it 9pm - 9.30pm. 
More photos here

Bishops water down welcome to gays and the divorced

Pope's speech at end of Synod


The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

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

1 Maccabees 9: 

King Demetrius sent another army against Israel. The size of this army was so large that many of Judas' soldiers deserted him.

Judas had only a small force to fight the king's army. Judas could have saved his life by running away from the battle, but he courageously chose to stay and fight.

Judas died in the battle and his troops fled. Judas' brother Jonathan succeeded him as leader of the Jews.

Jonathan gradually reclaimed control of most of the country
and again there was peace for a time.

Dear God, please give me some of the courage of Judas

Recording of this reading
for English students

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


Acts 24:

When the religious leaders arrived, they put their case to Felix. 

They summed up their accusations by saying "The plain truth is that we find this man to be a perfect pest. He stirs up trouble among Jews everywhere, and is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect"

Paul replied "In regard to the Way, which they malign as a sect, I serve and worship the very same God worshipped by our ancestors. I live in hope that God will raise the dead. If that's my crime, my accusers are just as guilty as I am"

Felix postponed a decision. He met with Paul many  times, hoping Paul would offer him a bribe

Jesus, please help judges to avoid bribery

Recording

 


 

Mark 6:

Jesus went on a teaching tour of  the nearby villages. He sent out  his 12 special friends in 6 pairs, with authority over evil spirits.

He told them to take only bare essentials for the journey. He said "If any place does not welcome you, as you leave that place shake the dust from your feet as a sign to them".

The 12 apostles  preached repentance. They cast out many devils. They anointed sick people with oil and healed them.

Jesus, may every place welcome you and your messengers

 Recording

 

 


Darlene Starrs (Blogger from Canada)
At Synod's Conclusion - A Big Oops!

It is heartening to me, that the Vatican, is making some "gradual movement" into the reality of contemporary societies, to address and include aspects of life, and people that, until now, they have either ignored or shunned.


Oxfam calls for troops in Africa as criticism of response mounts
Several African countries have for the last decade been suffering severe shortages of homegrown medics thanks to a “brain drain” to countries such as Britain, which rely on foreign workers

Ebola and failing markets tell us that we need to work together


Brendan Hoban

Reconciliation - Penance - Confession - A disappearing Sacrament?

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

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

Three hard-of-hearing old guys are out walking.  
First one says, 'Windy, isn't it?'   
("Wednesday")
Second one says, 'No, it's Thursday!' 
("thirsty")
Third one says, 'So am I. Let's go get a beer..' 

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 20th of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of Sichuan



This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)


 


 

 Sun Oct 19   

"He also criticised the government for stalling on talks with student leaders and putting protesters and police officers on a collision course" - very true, in this report

HK's Future - In Beijing’s Hands
Will it hammer the doors shut or seek to regain some credibility?

My HK Democracy File - with photos

Disturbing video of three HK policemen surrounded by protestors. Courage and coolness of the young policeman in blue -  extraordinary. Why did police reinforcements take so long to arrive?
What a sad and crazy situation to see the police becoming "the enemy" of the students.  Have people got to die before the HK government stands up to Beijing's attack on HK freedoms?
  

China says no need 'so far' for army deployment in Hong Kong (but scenes as in video on left are an invitation ...)

2014-09-30   PLA armoured vehicles, Jordan  (opposite Queen Elizabeth Hospital)

Hong Kong activists regroup following clashes

Carrie Lam confirms student talks schedule

Apple Daily - your support for the democracy movement has been unbelievable, but the first few seconds of this clip are misleading, showing police hitting protestors - taken from the video at left of this menu ("disturbing video") which shows the police displayed extraordinary patience and control ....and only hit people when people charged at them


The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

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

Readings for Mission Sunday

Isaiah 2:

In the days to come, the mountain of the Lord's Temple will be specially blessed.

All the nations will come to it and say: "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, that he may teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths".

When they learn the ways of the Lord, then the nations will hammer their swords into ploughshares, their spears into sickles.

Nation will not lift sword against nation, there will be no more training for war.

O House of Jacob, come,
let us walk in the light of the Lord!

 Recording of this reading
for English students

Psalm 117:

O Praise the Lord, all you nations.
Acclaim him, all you peoples!

Strong is his love for us.
He is faithful for ever.

Recording

Pope Francis' message for Mission Sunday 2014

"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" . 

Humanity greatly needs to lay hold of the salvation brought by Christ. His disciples are those who allow themselves to be seized ever more by the love of Jesus and marked by the fire of passion for the Kingdom of God and the proclamation of the joy of the Gospel

Acts 11:

Some believers went to Antioch in Syria where they preached the Good News of the Lord Jesus to non-Jewish people. Many non-Jewish people became believers

Barnabas, a good man filled with the Holy Spirit, was sent to Antioch in Syria to encourage the new believers to remain faithful to the Lord

Barnabas brought Paul from Tarsus to Antioch. They stayed in Antioch one year, instructing a large number of people

It was at Antioch that the believers were first called "Christians"

Jesus, please help me be a good Christian

Recording


 

Matthew 28:

The 11 apostles went to Galilee,
to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them.

When they saw him they fell down before him in worship.

Jesus said to them "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Teach them to understand and live according to my words. And know that I am with you always, yes, to the end of time".

Recording


Step One to Fighting Ebola? Start with Corruption

"Rough Diamonds"

The Argentine pope knows there is a tendency in some seminaries to return to a pre-Vatican II style of formation and way of thinking, sources confirm. He’s cognizant of the fact that in seminaries in a number of countries, and in some national colleges in Rome, young men openly, and with a sense of pride, identify themselves as “John Paul II seminarians” or “Benedict XVI seminarians.”

c.f. this report from Brazil: Imposter Priests


About 20 years ago I wrote to a toothpaste company called "Darkie" and asked they stop using an offensive name. I received a reply telling me to mind my own business. But some time later, the name was changed to "Darlie".  Only recently did I discover that the company's name in Chinese is still an offensive "Black man". I have contacted them again and asked that this name also be changed. To be continued....


29th Sunday of the Year

Reflection by Daniel Daring:
Laying a trap for Jesus

If you pause for a while and think about Jesus’ answer you will be surprised by its hidden meaning. What does belong to caesar? Nothing. Everything belongs to God, including caesar who claims to be divine. “The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein
Chinese text          Previous reflections


Synod on the Family:  Latest report from Janet

'Eikon: Icons of the Orthodox Christian World' displays eerie power at Art Gallery of Ballarat exhibition


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

Graphic ISIS execution photos  01     02


Yesterday at Kowloon Park swimming pool I saw a life saver using an umbrella, not to keep out of the sun, but to keep dry! When swimmers and life savers enter the pool area, they pass under a shower, for hygiene reasons. But life savers are not going into the pool, they are going to their watchtowers ....so it's understandable they don't want to get wet. 


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 19th of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of Shanxi

 

New letter in English from a Tanzanian inmate in a HK prison 
"Drug trafficking into Hong Kong is a suicide mission"

This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)




 

  Sat Oct 18

ISIS is a wake-up call to learn more about Islam - from articles like this one:
The Islamic State and ‘Religion of Peace’

For Some, Hong Kong Protests 
Make the Heart Grow Fonder !

      

Can Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying Survive? And who might succeed him?

My suggestion for HK's next CE !

Protesters still on Nathan Road

Before the G20 meeting in Brisbane (Nov 15-16) there will be the APEC meeting in Beijing (Nov 8-11). Some people are saying Beijing will be trying to settle the HK protest movement by then (CE to resign?) because HK protests during APEC not good for Beijing


The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

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

 Feast of Saint Luke  ("Luke"/"Acts")

Luke 1: 

Dear Friend of God, there are  already many  reports written about Jesus.

These reports come from  people who were the earliest eyewitnesses and ministers of the Good News.

After checking the whole story, I also have decided to write a report, so that you may see for yourself the truth and accuracy of the Good News

Jesus, help me understand your Good News

 
Recording of this reading
for English students

 

Acts 1:

Dear Friend of God, in my first book (the Gospel of Luke) I wrote about everything Jesus did until the day he was taken up to heaven

For 40 days after his death, he appeared to his apostles many times, and taught them about the kingdom of God

He told them to stay in Jerusalem and wait for what the Father had promised: "You will soon be baptized with the Holy Spirit"

Jesus, please baptize me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, increase your influence in my life


Recording


Colossians 4.14:

(St Paul writing from prison in Rome)

Greetings from my dear friend Luke, the doctor


Recording

St Paul in prison

 

 

 

 

2 Timothy 4.11:

(St Paul writing from prison in Rome)

Only Luke is with me
 

Recording

 

St Luke with St Paul in prison

 

 

 

 


Married Priesthood  - letter from V2 blogger Chris McDonnell

 

Ebola in Sierra Leone - ‘we feel like a pariah nation’

Red tape leaves Australia with compassion deficit


Will conservatives turn on Pope Francis?

Catholic Church returns to pluriformity of Vatican II

Synod on the Family:  Latest report from Janet


Fred the footballing sheep (YouTube)


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 18th of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of Shandong

 

This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)




 

 

Hong Kong's Press Under Siege

One of the main reasons young Hong Kongers are in the streets is to fight for press freedom, which has been disappearing amid physical & commercial attacks on pro-democracy media outlets     

TVB's "self-censorship": Video of police bashing heavily darkened to avoid recognition of police

TVB reporters flay management
"CCTVB" is the local nickname for TVB,  "CCTV" being "China Central TV", based in Beijing

John W:
Time for Occupy Movement to Move

The present locations are unnecessarily causing friction with police ...and great hardships on many HK citizens


The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

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

1 Maccabees 8:

Judas had heard about the Romans: how they had conquered many lands and yet acted in a friendly way to other nations.

Judas therefore sent  representatives to Rome,  and an alliance was agreed to with the Romans.

Judas' aim was to obtain protection and peace for Israel.

Dear God, may peace and justice be the aim of all leaders

Recording of this reading
for English students

Psalms 66-68:

O God, be gracious and bless us
and let your face shine its light upon us.

Let all the peoples praise you, O God. Let all the peoples praise you.

O sing to the Lord, make music to his name. Rejoice in the Lord, exult at his presence.

Father of the orphan, defender of the widow, God provides a shelter for the homeless.

God gives his people strength.

May all the peoples of the earth know you and praise you, O God

Recording

Acts 4:

The next day about 40 Jews held a meeting. They decided not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul. They asked the religious leaders to arrange another meeting so that they could attack Paul

But the son of Paul's sister heard of the plot. He got into the barracks and told Paul. Paul got the boy to tell the captain. The captain immediately arranged for a large group of soldiers to take Paul to Caesarea to be tried by Felix the governor

Felix said "I will wait till your accusers come here too, then I will hear your case"

Jesus, please help people who are in danger of being murdered


Recording

Mark 6: 

Jesus and his disciples went to his home town of Nazareth. On the Sabbath he went to the prayer hall and began teaching.

People in the prayer hall were astonished at his teaching. "Who does he think he is?" they asked. "He is just a carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, Joset, Jude and Simon. His sisters also are here."  And they would not accept him.

So Jesus said to them "A prophet is despised only in his own country "

Because of their lack of faith, Jesus cured only a few sick people there. He was amazed at the lack of faith in Nazareth.

Jesus, please help me be happy about your gifts to others

Recording


The power of prayer isn't lost in the modern age

My Islam File

Tariq Ramadan: 'ISIL's acts are un-Islamic'

Corporate high schools: evidence or inspiration?
(This idea was strongly promoted by author Joseph Girzone in his book Joshua and the City)

Recommended by a reader

    Dos and Don’ts while at Mass

Ecuador Wipes Out River Blindness

- video from the Carter Center


Previously I mentioned a young couple preparing for their wedding. I mentioned how the young man was wearing a shirt with the word "Obey".  Well, the wedding was yesterday, and during the sermon I displayed the tea shirt!  Some wedding photos


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 17th of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of Shaanxi

 

HK police seize 51kg of ice

This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)




 




Pope Francis:
Thank you Holy Spirit

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