English students:  
six new recordings with text each day
See below
The Book Blog, Laudato Si, The Joy of the Gospel

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Edited by Hong Kong prison chaplain Fr John Wotherspoon O.M.I.  胡 頌 恆 神 父    jdwomi@gmail.com    
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DG - Since 2013, this website has saved many dozens of Africans from going to prison in HK.  See "Drugs", below.

V2Catholic on Facebook
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Imitating Pope Francis


 

  Wednesday September 2 

Yesterday I visited three detention centres: Castle Peak Immigration Centre (CIC) where I noticed a big increase in asylum seekers from Bangladesh (tricked by people smugglers into coming to HK); Tai Lam Women's Centre (no new drug mules from Tanzania or Kenya for a long time now - DG!); and Tai Lam Men's Centre (mainly local inmates, in for minor drug offences etc). Jesus, please bless all the inmates I met yesterday! 

"Same-sex marriage" file

Islam File    The New Translation

Full English text

Full Chinese text

Listen
to
65

Pope's letter on climate change:
Laudato Si
     我主應受讚美 

65 (b): Saint John Paul II stated that the special love of the Creator for each human being “confers upon him or her an infinite dignity”.[38]

Those who are committed to defending human dignity can find in the Christian faith the deepest reasons for this commitment.

How wonderful is the certainty that each human life is not adrift in the midst of hopeless chaos, in a world ruled by pure chance or endlessly recurring cycles! 

The Creator says to each one of us: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you” (Jer 1:5). We were conceived in the heart of God, and for this reason “each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary”.[39]


This is the best video I've seen so far on Christian concern for climate change. Short, clear and sincere. By Singapore-born Ben Lowe 

The Gospel Call to Creation Care
- with much info re Tanzania and Malawi!


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

Numbers 6

God said to Moses and Aaron:
"This is how you are to bless the people. Say to them:

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord let his face shine on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord uncover his face to you and bring you peace."


Dear God, please bless everyone in the world

Psalm 103

My soul, give thanks to the Lord.
All my being, bless his holy name.
My soul, give thanks to the Lord
and never forget all his blessings.

It is he who forgives all your guilt, who heals every one of your ills. It is he who fills your life with good things, renewing your youth like an eagle's life.

The Lord is compassion and love,
slow to anger and rich in mercy.

As the heavens are high above the earth, so strong is his love for those who love him. As far as the East is from the West, so far does he remove our sins.

As a father has compassion on his children, the Lord has pity on all who love and honor him.

Give thanks to the Lord, all his angels, who heed the voice of his word. Give thanks to the Lord, everyone and everything. My soul, give thanks to the Lord!

Thank you, Lord, for your love and compassion

Recording


Revelation 21.10-23

I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven. It had God's glory, and glittered like a precious diamond

There was no temple in the city, since the Lord God and the Lamb were themselves the temple

The city did not need sun or  moon for light, since it was lit by the radiant glory of God and of the Lamb

Jesus, Light of the world, Light of Heaven, we adore you, Lord!

Recording

 

 

 

Matthew 28.1-15

Jesus died on Friday afternoon.
Early on Sunday morning, two women went to Jesus' tomb.

Suddenly there was a violent earthquake, and an angel from heaven came and rolled away the big stone at the tomb's entrance.
The guards at the tomb were terrified of the angel.

The angel said to the women "Do not be afraid. I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here. He has risen from the dead. Go and tell his disciples he has risen from the dead and will see them in Galilee".

The women were filled with joy and ran to tell this news to the disciples.

As they left the tomb area, Jesus himself appeared to them and said  "Do not be afraid. Go and tell the disciples they must go to Galilee. They will see me there".

Lord Jesus, by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.
You are the Savior of the world.

Recording


Chris McDonnell (Wed UK blogger) 

On the move
Where do we go from here, how can the Christian people offer sustenance to those whose lives have been disrupted and now seek shelter and safety with us?

And see this NCR article:  Taizé today: A ‘new solidarity’ as a follow up to Chris' article last week: Roger of Taize - May 1915 - August 2005 


John Allen

Will Nigeria’s Muslims and Christians let Boko Haram set the agenda?

Robert Mickens

Pope Francis - forging a legacy

Pro-Life advocates offered me real choice at abortion clinic ....and saved my baby girl


Ireland Opens Hong Kong Consulate

Recording of 106

Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel             Full text

106. Even if it is not always easy to approach young people, progress has been made in two areas: the awareness that the entire community is called to evangelize and educate the young, and the urgent need for the young to exercise greater leadership.

 We should recognize that despite the present crisis of commitment and communal relationships, many young people are making common cause before the problems of our world and are taking up various forms of activism and volunteer work. Some take part in the life of the Church as members of service groups and various missionary initiatives in their own dioceses and in other places.

 How beautiful it is to see that young people are “street preachers” (callejeros de la fe), joyfully bringing Jesus to every street, every town square and every corner of the earth!


The preacher's 5 year-old daughter noticed that her father always paused and bowed his head for a moment before starting his sermon. One day, she asked him why.

"Well, Honey," he began, proud that his daughter was so observant of his messages. "I'm asking the Lord to help me preach a good sermon."

"How come He doesn't help you?" she asked.


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
2nd of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of
Fujian

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 2nd of the month, Jesus please bless the people of
Niger

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

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

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

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

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


 

 Tuesday September 1 

HK Cardinal not invited to October Synod on Family 

 

Cardinal Tong said he was unaware if another representative from Hong Kong was chosen in his place. He knew only that he was “disqualified by age,” he said, laughing.

   "Same-sex marriage" file

Islam File    The New Translation

Full English text

Full Chinese text

Listen
to
65

Pope's letter on climate change:
Laudato Si
     我主應受讚美 

II. THE WISDOM OF THE BIBLICAL ACCOUNTS

65 (a): Without repeating the entire theology of creation, we can ask what the great biblical narratives say about the relationship of human beings with the world.

 In the first creation account in the Book of Genesis, God’s plan includes creating humanity. After the creation of man and woman, “God saw everything that he had made, and behold it was very good” (Gen 1:31). 
The Bible teaches that every man and woman is created out of love and made in God’s image and likeness (cf. Gen 1:26). 

This shows us the immense dignity of each person, “who is not just something, but someone. He/she is capable of self-knowledge, of self-possession and of freely giving himself/herself and entering into communion with other persons”.[37]

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One way to show more care for creation is to make an effort to read a bit of Laudato Si each day! Hope many readers are joining me in this venture. And then let's try to put the Pope's ideas into practice

Francis' day to pray underlines priority for environment

Today is World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Heavenly Father, thank you for this beautiful world. Please help us humans take better care of it. 

Lord, may the growing globalization of indifference and selfishness be replaced by a spreading spirit of compassion and care.


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

Numbers 1-5

A census was taken of all the men aged twenty years and above.

The twelve tribes were told to pitch their tents all around the Sacred Tent site.

Each time they moved to a new place and pitched their tents, 
they would do so in the place allocated to each tribe. 

Dear God, may our homes never be too far from a church

Psalm 102

O Lord, listen to my prayer in my distress. Do not hide your face from me.

For my days are vanishing like smoke, my bones burn away like a fire.

I forget to eat my bread. My skin clings to my bones.

All day long my foes revile me.
Those who hate me use my name as a curse.

But you, O Lord, will endure for ever. You will arise and have mercy on Sion.

You will hear the groans of the prisoners, and free those condemned to die.

I pray to you: "Do not take me away before my time has come,
you whose days last from age to age.

Lord, please help people who are in great distress 

Recording

Revelation 21.5-8

Then the One sitting on the throne said "Now I am making the whole of creation new. I am the Beginning and the End

I give Eternal Life to all  who die in my friendship

But for those whose evil deeds have removed themselves from my friendship, there is Eternal Death"

Jesus, have mercy on people who are rejecting your friendship

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
 

 Matthew 27.57-66

Joseph from Arimathaea was a rich man who had become a disciple of Jesus. After Jesus died on Friday, he asked Governor Pilate for Jesus' body.

Joseph wrapped the body in a clean burial cloth and put it in his own new tomb in a rock cave. He then put a large stone at the cave's entrance.

The next day, Saturday,  the religious leaders went to Pilate and said "This imposter said he would rise from the dead after 3 days. Therefore you should secure the tomb in case his disciples steal the body and say he has risen from the dead".

Pilate gave them a guard and told them to secure the tomb. The guards took up their position at the tomb, and seals were put on the entrance stone.

Jesus in the tomb, please give eternal life to all who have died

Recording


Australia's deal to resettle asylum seekers in Cambodia goes flat
“In finding unprincipled partners for dirty deal-making, Australia and Cambodia seem well suited for each other. But as for refugee protection, this pair makes a mockery of the humanitarian spirit and purpose of the Refugee Convention and puts lives at grave risk”

All children should be removed from Nauru detention, Senate inquiry finds


 

Families of China's 'disappeared' say country is a place of fear and panic

Video

Pope: ‘Austrian migrant deaths offend the human family’

Need to beware as Tanzania Cyber Law takes effect today
So, this website can now be punished for naming and shaming government officials involved in drug trafficking?! (As can any media in any part of the world for criticizing corrupt Tanzanian officials?)


What did the bishop achieve?
"It shows once again that the people are ahead of the priests, the priests are ahead of the bishops and the bishops, caught in the nineteenth century, are either out of touch or in abject denial."


Recording of 105

Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel             Full text

 105. Youth ministry, as traditionally organized, has also suffered the impact of social changes. Young people often fail to find responses to their concerns, needs, problems and hurts in the usual structures. 

As adults, we find it hard to listen patiently to them, to appreciate their concerns and demands, and to speak to them in a language they can understand. For the same reason, our efforts in the field of education do not produce the results expected. 

The rise and growth of associations and movements mostly made up of young people can be seen as the work of the Holy Spirit, who blazes new trails to meet their expectations and their search for a deep spirituality and a more real sense of belonging.

 There remains a need, however, to ensure that these associations actively participate in the Church’s overall pastoral efforts.


In China, North America and other places, the bottom floor of a building is the 1/F.
But in Hong Kong, following the British system, the bottom floor is the G/F.
Some time ago in the Central area of HK....in the building which houses the Catholic Centre,
a male visitor from North America left the 6/F and pressed 1/F to go to the bottom floor.
At the 3/F a local lady got into the lift, and pressed G/F to go to the bottom floor.
Visitor: "Does this building have a ground floor?"
Local lady: "I hope so"

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
1st of the month, Jesus please bless the prisoners of Anwei

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 1st of the month, Jesus please bless the people of
Congo

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

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

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

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

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


 

   Monday August 31   Women in the Church - Pope's theory, 103 below, excellent!

Many ceremonies are being held these days in this part of the world to remember the surrender of Japan 70 years ago.

This article
about the Japanese occupation of HK claims that  Winston Churchill sacrificed young Canadian soldiers in a sham defence of HK .... Churchill's real aim being the defence of Singapore. 

"Same-sex marriage" file

Islam File    The New Translation

Full English text

Full Chinese text

Listen
to 
64

Pope's letter on climate change:
Laudato Si
     我主應受讚美 

64. Furthermore, although this Encyclical welcomes dialogue with everyone so that together we can seek paths of liberation, I would like from the outset to show how faith convictions can offer Christians, and other believers as well, ample motivation to care for nature and for the most vulnerable of their brothers and sisters.

If the simple fact of being human moves people to care for the environment of which they are a part, Christians in their turn “realize that their responsibility within creation, and their duty towards nature and the Creator, are an essential part of their faith”.[36] 

It is good for humanity and the world at large when we believers better recognize the ecological commitments which stem from our convictions.

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Tomorrow, Sep 1: World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation - a day for reflection on ‘the adoption of appropriate lifestyles’

Pope to lead liturgy for World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

 

    

Yesterday I watched this 2001 video The Dark Side of Fast Food: Why Does It Makes  You Sick / Fat / Tired, a talk by investigative journalist Eric Schlosser that examines the local and global influence of the United States fast food industry.

Talk is based on Schlosser's 2001 book Fast Food Nation

After watching above video, especially its second half, and hearing facts about the dangers of fast food, and hearing how McD's in particular targets children, and how obesity among children is linked to fast food ....I think I'll be avoiding McDonald's from now on if I can


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible
 

Leviticus 26-27

God's words through Moses:

"If you  keep my commandments
I will bless you in every way:

- you will have rain at the right time
- the earth shall give its produce
- your land will know peace
- you will be fruitful and multiply
- I will be in your midst: I will be your God, and you shall be my people.

But if you ignore my words and break my commandments
- you will have no peace
- there will be no rain
- the earth shall not yield its produce
- sickness and pestilence will afflict you
- you will be scattered among the nations".

Dear God,  please help us to keep your commandments

My recording of this reading

Psalm  101  

My song is of mercy and justice.
I sing to you, O Lord.

I will try to walk with blameless heart. I will try to give my attention to what is good, not what is bad.

People who slander others, people of proud looks, these will not be my friends.

People who are good and do good, these will be my friends.

Dear Lord, please help me to avoid bad company

Recording

 

 

 

Revelation 21.1-4

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The first heaven and the first earth had disappeared now, and there was no longer any sea

I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, as beautiful as a bride all dressed for her husband

I heard a voice call from the throne: "You see this city? Here God lives among people. He will make his home among them. They shall be his people. He will be their God. His name is God-with-them

He will wipe away all tears from their eyes. There will be no more death, no more sadness. The world of the past has gone

Jesus, may the thought of heaven give us courage here on earth

Recording

 

Matthew 27.45-54

Jesus was put on the cross about 9am. From about noon until 3pm there was darkness over all the land.

About 3pm Jesus cried out the words of Psalm 22: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

A little while later he again cried out in a loud voice. Then he died.

At that moment the holy curtain in the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom,  and there was a violent earthquake.

The Roman soldiers were terrified. Their leader called out "Truly this was a son of God".

Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for the salvation of the world

Recording

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Darlene Starrs (Blogger from Canada)

Jesus reveals who He is….
The rejection of the truth and the truthful person, or prophet occurs frequently in secular and church life.


As the Communist Party wages a war on history, it would do well to examine its own

'Huge strategic victory for China'
China completes construction of an archipelago of artificial islands in South China Sea


Three new articles from Sr Anastasia M.M.
sharing-visiting-prison-in-malang.html
 
opini-pilih-komunitas-yang-tepat.html  
sharing-pilgrimage-to-central-java.html

Recording of 103

Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel             Full text

103. The Church acknowledges the indispensable contribution which women make to society through the sensitivity, intuition and other distinctive skill sets which they, more than men, tend to possess.

 I think, for example, of the special concern which women show to others, which finds a particular, even if not exclusive, expression in motherhood. I readily acknowledge that many women share pastoral responsibilities with priests, helping to guide people, families and groups and offering new contributions to theological reflection. 

But we need to create still broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church. Because “the feminine genius is needed in all expressions in the life of society, the presence of women must also be guaranteed in the workplace” and in the various other settings where important decisions are made, both in the Church and in social structures.


10 years ago 

2005-08-30 CAS overseas staff for this semester + 2005-08-31 Louis' 25th & goodbye Amy

2005-08-27 Saturday night meal with the poor at Marco Polo + special guests Steve & Brenda


He was famous for his gentle sarcasm, such as "You should eat more fish. It's good for the brain."  So ...at the end of one year, his students presented him with an engraved tin of salmon!
- in tribute to the late Fr John Cranley O.M.I. (whose gentle sarcasm helped me pass many an exam) 
- from this M.A.M.I. newsletter , which also has a tribute to the late Fr Michael Clarke O.M.I. who taught me how to use classroom games and competitions as a way of motivating students


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

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 31st of the month, Jesus please bless the people of
Nepal

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

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

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

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

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


 

  Sunday August 30     Tanzania general election campaign report - see below

Today is "Liberation Day" in HK - in Chinese 重光 ("again light") remembering how HK regained its freedom from Japan 70 years ago on this day in 1945.



See Japanese occupation of HK  which says that after surrender, Japanese soldiers killed 70 people at Mui Wo on Lantau Island


"Same-sex marriage" file

Islam File    The New Translation

 

 

Full English text

Full Chinese text

Listen
to 
63

Pope's letter on climate change:
Laudato Si
- on care for our common home

63. Given the complexity of the ecological crisis and its multiple causes, we need to realize that the solutions will not emerge from just one way of interpreting and transforming reality. Respect must also be shown for the various cultural riches of different peoples, their art and poetry, their interior life and spirituality. 

If we are truly concerned to develop an ecology capable of remedying the damage we have done, no branch of the sciences and no form of wisdom can be left out, and that includes religion and the language particular to it.

The Catholic Church is open to dialogue with philosophical thought; this has enabled her to produce various syntheses between faith and reason. The development of the Church’s social teaching represents such a synthesis with regard to social issues; this teaching is called to be enriched by taking up new challenges.

Yesterday morning when I did a little bit of shopping in a local grocery store, I noticed a South Asian woman nervously looking at the cashier's machine each time a new item was processed.  Then she removed the last five or six items (all food items) from her purchase, because she couldn't afford to pay for them.


I asked her "are you an asylum seeker?". She said she was, from Sri Lanka. So, to the surprise of the cashier,  I put the removed items with my own items, paid for them, then gave them to her. Her humble "God bless you" was very moving. Made me realise how there are human beings in this wealthy city of HK who are struggling to put food on the table for their families. 

May the HK government soon shut the door to asylum seekers, then do something to help the 10,000 who are trapped here. 
c.f. Time to shut the door


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

c.f. Readings for "Sunday 22"

Deuteronomy 4

Understand this today, therefore, and take it to heart:

The Lord is God indeed, in heaven above as on earth below,
he and no other.

Keep his laws and commandments as I give them to you today, so that you and your children may prosper and live long in the land that the Lord your God gives you forever
."

Lord, please help us to love your Law in our hearts

My recording of this reading

Psalms 14-15

So many people live and act as if God doesn't exist. Some foolish people even say there is no God.

So many people have left the way of justice and truth. So many people follow the way of falsehood.

Lord, help us to live as we should. Help us not to slander, help us not to wrong others.

Lord, help us to stand firm in the way of goodness

Recording

Daniel Daring:

The Law of Freedom
The new law fulfills, purifies, exceeds and improves the old law

   Chinese text     Previous reflections


James 1.26-27

Don't go thinking you're "religious" while your tongue is out of control. That's the wrong idea of religion

Genuine religion, in the eyes of God our Father is this: coming to the help of orphans and widows, and staying clear of bad values

Jesus, help me control my tongue
...and help me do more to help the poor

Recording

Today's Gospel

 

Mark 7.1-23

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

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

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

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

Jesus, please  clean my heart

Recording

 


 Oppression of African women
By bringing an oppressive form of colonial Christianity to Africa, Europeans replaced millennia of prosperous matriarchy with oppressive patriarchy   


 China won’t tolerate anything but praise for its showy World War II parade


Young black man jailed since April for alleged $5 theft found dead in cell

Recording of 102

Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel             Full text

102. Lay people are, put simply, the vast majority of the people of God. The minority – ordained ministers – are at their service. There has been a growing awareness of the identity and mission of the laity in the Church. We can count on many lay persons, although still not nearly enough, who have a deeply-rooted sense of community and great fidelity to the tasks of charity, catechesis and the celebration of the faith.

 At the same time, a clear awareness of this responsibility of the laity, grounded in their baptism and confirmation, does not appear in the same way in all places. In some cases, it is because lay persons have not been given the formation needed to take on important responsibilities. In others, it is because in their particular Churches room has not been made for them to speak and to act, due to an excessive clericalism which keeps them away from decision-making.

 Even if many are now involved in the lay ministries, this involvement is not reflected in a greater influence of Christian values in the social, political and economic sectors. It often remains tied to tasks within the Church, without a real commitment to applying the Gospel to the transformation of society. The formation of the laity and the evangelization of professional and intellectual life represent a significant pastoral challenge


Tanzania General Election October 25:
Ukawa stole the show on CCM’s big day

Last Friday in the hospital section of Lai Chi Kok Detention Centre a badly handicapped man (legs pralysed since he was 3 years old) gave me a big smile of recognition. He's a beggar from the Mainland ....about a week ago I bought him a drink as he sat at an intersection near my home "working".  Now he's enjoying a 10-day holiday, all expenses paid, at LCK! 
Why do people like him come to HK looking for money? Because there's virtually no social service support in China for people like him. His local government authority gives him only enough money to buy a bottle of water each day.  


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

And praying for one of the world's poorest countries each day of the month:
On this 30th of the month, Jesus please bless the people of
Haiti

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

New letter (in Swahili) from a Tanzanian inmate in a HK prison

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

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

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

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


 

  Saturday August 29   When someone upsets me, what should I do? - see 101, below! 



Do you hear the cry of the poor?
What hope for South Sudan  without education? How can a people hold its feckless leaders to account and demand the peace they deserve when they cannot read or write? 

     "Same-sex marriage" file

Islam File    The New Translation

Full English text

Full Chinese text

Listen
to 
62

Pope's letter on climate change:
Laudato Si
- on care for our common home

62. Why should this document, addressed to all people of good will, include a chapter dealing with the convictions of believers? 

I am well aware that in the areas of politics and philosophy there are those who firmly reject the idea of a Creator, or consider it irrelevant, and consequently dismiss as irrational the rich contribution which religions can make towards an integral ecology and the full development of humanity. 

Others view religions simply as a subculture to be tolerated. Nonetheless, science and religion, with their distinctive approaches to understanding reality, can enter into an intense dialogue fruitful for both.

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The Pope and the Planet (New York Review of Books)

International recycling symbol

As a way of putting Laudato Si into practice, yesterday I asked myself "How many recyclable items do I use?" The answer was "I'm not sure, because I'm not 100% clear what items can or cannot be recycled"

This is a help:
The Ultimate Recycling List


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

Leviticus 24-25

God's words through Moses:

"Every seventh year your land is to have a rest, a sabbath for the Lord.

Every fifty years will be a Year of Jubilee: no sowing, no harvesting, a time for freeing slaves".

Dear God, please help us understand and keep your word

My recording of this reading

click to enlarge - the origin of the word "Jubilee"

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Psalm 100

Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing for joy.

Know that he, the Lord, is God. He made us, we belong to him.
We are his people, the sheep of his flock.

Go within his gates, giving thanks. Enter his temple with songs of praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name.

Indeed, how good is the Lord,
eternal his merciful love. He is faithful from age to age.

Dear Lord, please help us to serve you with gladness

Recording


Revelation 20.11-15

Then I saw God sitting on a great white throne

I saw the dead, both great and small, standing in front of his throne, while the Book of Life was opened, in which was the record of everyone's life

Everyone was judged according to the way they had lived

Then Death and Hades were thrown into a burning lake. This burning lake is the second death

Anyone whose name could not be found in the Book of Life was thrown into the burning lake

Jesus, may all near and dear to me, be in the Book of Life

Recording

Today's Gospel

Today: Feast of the beheading of Saint John the Baptist

Mark 6.17-29

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


China arrests Christians who opposed removals of crosses


   John Allen

On Chibok anniversary, Christians are caught between hope and experience
The fact that most of the Chibok girls remain missing 16 months into their abduction is the single most damning symbol of the failure of the Nigerian armed forces.


Email from UK

(God bless this family business!)

"We are a small family business selling clergy shirts to Catholic priests, we are located in London - United Kingdom.  I have just come across your blog v2catholic.com and thought this might be really relevant to your readers. We were hoping you would be so kind as to link to our website, www.clericalshirtsuk.com"


 Long Van Nguyen - from boat person to bishop

The Dirty Secrets of Hong Kong’s War

Recording of 101

Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel             Full text


101. Let us ask the Lord to help us understand the law of love. How good it is to have this law! How much good it does us to love one another, in spite of everything. Yes, in spite of everything! 

Saint Paul’s exhortation is directed to each of us: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom 12:21). And again: “Let us not grow weary in doing what is right” (Gal 6:9).

 We all have our likes and dislikes, and perhaps at this very moment we are angry with someone. At least let us say to the Lord: “Lord, I am angry with this person, with that person. I pray to you for him and for her”. 

To pray for a person with whom I am irritated is a beautiful step forward in love, and an act of evangelization. Let us do it today! Let us not allow ourselves to be robbed of the ideal of fraternal love!

 


If I want to know how many inmates each prison has, I've learned that the best place to find out is not the office or the welfare section ....but the kitchen ....where a daily muster board is on display. Yesterday at Lai Chi Kok:  1,555 mouths to be fed!


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

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

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

 

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)


 

  Friday August 28    



Asleep on the job: HK Airport probe launched after security guards caught napping

I know someone who used to work at HK airport. He said x-ray surveillance of check-in luggage was often a matter of only a few hours each day!?

To fight the drug trade, airport security in every country needs to be as good as possible

"Same-sex marriage" file

Islam File    The New Translation
   

Full English text

Full Chinese text

Listen
to 
61

Pope's letter on climate change:
Laudato Si
- on care for our common home


61. On many concrete questions, the Church has no reason to offer a definitive opinion; she knows that honest debate must be encouraged among experts, while respecting divergent views. But we need only take a frank look at the facts to see that our common home is falling into serious disrepair.

Hope would have us recognize that there is always a way out, that we can always redirect our steps, that we can always do something to solve our problems. 

But we can see signs that things are now reaching a breaking point, due to the rapid pace of change and degradation; these are evident in large-scale natural disasters as well as social and even financial crises, for the world’s problems cannot be analyzed or explained in isolation. 

There are regions now at high risk and, aside from all doomsday predictions, the present world system is certainly unsustainable from a number of points of view, for we have stopped thinking about the goals of human activity. “If we scan the regions of our planet, we immediately see that humanity has disappointed God’s expectations”.[35]

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The Globalization of the Technocratic Paradigm  (Phyllis Zagano)
Somehow, video is more "real" than the next door neighbor, and captures our attention to the decline of personal relationships

如何照顧人類共同的家園

1. 「我主啊,祢應受讚美」,亞西西的聖方濟這樣唱。這首美麗的歌、叫我們記起,我們共同的家,也是我們的姊妹,我們與她共生共存,她像一個美麗的母親把我們抱在她的懷裡:「我主啊,祢應受讚美,為了我們的姊妹、大地母親,她供養我們,管理我們,生產各種各樣的果實,和五顏六色的花和草」

Great news! An unofficial Chinese translation of Laudato Si is now available! 

The official translation will probably take another year (..groan..), but for now the unofficial translation can be used.

The Chinese title is 我主應受讚美 ("My Lord should indeed receive praise"). 

From today, this Chinese text is linked with the full English text, at left. God bless the hard-working people who made this translation!


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

Leviticus 21-23

God's words through Moses:

"Regard the priests as holy, for they offer holy sacrifice.

Keep the sacred festivals:
- every Sabbath
- the Passover and the feast of Unleavened Bread
- the First Sheaf
- the Feast of Weeks
- the first day of the seventh month
- the Day of Atonement
- the Feast of Tabernacles".

Dear God, thank you for special worship days and seasons 

My recording of this reading

Psalm  99

The Lord is king.  He is great in Sion. His power is seen throughout the world.

Among his priests were Aaron, Moses and Samuel. They prayed to the Lord and he answered their call.

Let peoples everywhere praise his name. He is holy, full of power.

 Lord, may all peoples know and love you 

Recording

Today's Gospel


Revelation 19.1-9

After this I heard the sound of a huge crowd in heaven singing: "Alleluia! Victory and glory and power to our God!"

The sound of the crowd  was like the sound of the ocean or the roar of thunder as they called out:

"Alleluia! The reign of the Lord our God the Almighty has begun.
Let us be glad and joyful, and give praise to God, because this is the time for the marriage of the Lamb"

And an angel said "Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb"

Jesus, even on this earth, may I start to hear the sounds of heaven

Recording

Matthew  27.32-44

As Jesus was taken to the place of crucifixion, a man name Simon, from Cyrene, was made to carry Jesus' cross.

Jesus was then nailed to the cross and hung on the cross. Two robbers were crucified with him,
one on his right and one on his left.

Above Jesus' head was a sign with the charge against him: "This is Jesus, the King of the Jews".

People passing by that place made fun of Jesus. So did the religious leaders. They mocked and taunted him.

Jesus on the Cross, thank you for suffering so much for the salvation of the world

Recording


AFP tried to stop 40 Australians from being duped into becoming drug mules by scammers


Beautiful article about volunteers taking Communion to people in hospital:
Communion, comfort, and hope

China's workers abandon the city as Beijing faces an economic storm

Xi Jinping Rewrites History
False memory syndrome: Mao the victor over the Japanese


From archives of this website:

July 16, 2012:
What is Utilitarianism?  (Brian Lewis) 
Is it ok for a husband/father to spend Sat/Sun morning on golf course?

Recording of 100

Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel      Full text     


100. Those wounded by historical divisions find it difficult to accept our invitation to forgiveness and reconciliation, since they think that we are ignoring their pain or are asking them to give up their memory and ideals.

But if they see the witness of authentically fraternal and reconciled communities, they will find that witness luminous and attractive. 

It always pains me greatly to discover how some Christian communities, and even consecrated persons, can tolerate different forms of enmity, division, calumny, defamation, vendetta, jealousy and the desire to impose certain ideas at all costs, even to persecutions which appear as veritable witch hunts. Whom are we going to evangelize if this is the way we act?


Seen on T-shirt of a man visiting an inmate at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre: 
STAY CALM AND GROW A BEARD

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
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, on this Muslim day of prayer, please bless all Muslims!

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)


 

  Thursday August 27   A new development: Beijing bullying HK pastor - see below 



Below are some more pages from this most important book. Today: the story of China's biggest Africa contract -  with Congo
I have now finished reading "China's Silent Army" and I highly recommend it - especially for readers in Africa. The book is a wake-up call to how Beijing is harming so many parts of the world.
See Guardian review:  A powerful piece of investigative journalism
(with photo of Congo coal mine!)

"Same-sex marriage" file

Islam File    The New Translation

 

Full text

Recording
of 
60

Pope's letter on climate change:
Laudato Si
- on care for our common home

60. We need to acknowledge that different approaches and lines of thought have emerged regarding this situation and its possible solutions.

At one extreme, we find those who doggedly uphold the myth of progress and tell us that ecological problems will solve themselves simply with the application of new technology and without any need for ethical considerations or deep change.

At the other extreme are those who view men and women and all their interventions as no more than a threat, jeopardizing the global ecosystem, and consequently the presence of human beings on the planet should be reduced and all forms of intervention prohibited. 

Viable future scenarios will have to be generated between these extremes, since there is no one path to a solution. This makes a variety of proposals possible, all capable of entering into dialogue with a view to developing comprehensive solutions.

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Catholic teachers eager to dive into papal encyclical
(This is good! ... "must read")

 

TVB:  People seeking refuge in Hong Kong have rights

This TV report gives the latest figures for asylum seekers now in HK ....and mentions how cash-strapped asylum seekers are being drawn into illegal work and more serious criminal activities to get money. 
As this situation continues to deteriorate, my hope is that the government will order a judicial inquiry ...an inquiry that will make practical recommendations to end the chaos. Two possible recommendations - 1: shut the door (no more allowed) - 2: then do something for the 10,000 trapped here. c.f.
Time to shut door


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

Leviticus 19

God's words through Moses:

"Be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy.

Honor your father and mother.

The Sabbath must be a holy day.

When you collect from harvest or vine, leave something for the poor and the stranger.

Be just, honest and truthful in your relationships.

Do not let hatred live in your heart".

Dear God, please help me live according to your sacred word

My recording of this reading

Psalm 98

Sing a new song to the Lord for he has worked wonders. His right hand has brought salvation.

The Lord has made known his salvation. He has shown his justice to the nations. He has remembered his truth and love for the house of Israel.

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Shout to the Lord all the earth, ring out your joy.

Sing psalms to the Lord with the harp, with the sound of music. Let the sea, the world and all peoples acclaim the King, the Lord.

Let the rivers clap their hands
and the hills ring out their joy at the presence of the Lord, for he comes to rule the earth.

He will rule the world with justice
and the peoples with fairness.

Lord, may all peoples in all countries know your love and goodness

Recording

Revelation 18.1-4

I saw another angel, shouting at the top of his voice:

"Babylon has fallen, Babylon the Great has fallen. Gone for ever, never to return, is your life of magnificence and ease"

Another voice spoke from heaven:

"Come out, my people, away from Babylon, so that you do not experience her punishment"

Jesus, please help us not be contaminated by worldly values

Recording

Today's Gospel


Matthew 27.27-31

After the Roman soldiers scourged Jesus, they made fun of him:
- they put a red cloak on him.
- they made a crown out of thorns.
- they put a reed in his right hand.

Then they knelt in front of him saying "Hail, king of the Jews".

They spat on him.

They took the reed and hit him with it.

When they had finished making fun of him, they dressed him  in his own clothes and led him away to crucify him.

Jesus, please don't let me hurt other people by making fun of them

Recording

 

 


Man arrested over murder in Yau Ma Tei  - only a few minutes from my home. I passed this scene early yesterday morning on way home from Mass at St Paul's YMT.  May the dear woman R.I.P.  ....and I'll try to visit the man in prison in the near future


In Nigeria, Boko Haram is an equal opportunity terrorist group
Scholars insist the Islamic extremists are motivated by political, not religious, convictions, killing Muslims as well as Christians. But the Catholics whose relatives have been slaughtered don't buy it.


Inmates work to create chair for Pope’s Philly prison visit

Famous Chinese Christians

Wang Zhiming 1907 - 1973   (Wikipedia ...same article!)

HK protest against cross removals in China:
Carrying the cross in solidarity with Christians in China

Mainland flexes muscle on Hong Kong pastor


Joan Chittister

Two paths to peace:  the secular and the sacred
In 1953, according to CIA documentation, the CIA and the British MI6 removed democratically-elected Iranian Prime Minister Mossadegh from office in order to give Shah Reza Pahlavi the power to stop Iran from nationalizing their oil fields.


A global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all:
Pachamama Alliance


Recording of 99

Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel             Full text

99. Our world is being torn apart by wars and violence, and wounded by a widespread individualism which divides human beings, setting them against one another as they pursue their own well-being. In various countries, conflicts and old divisions from the past are re-emerging.

 I especially ask Christians in communities throughout the world to offer a radiant and attractive witness of fraternal communion. Let everyone admire how you care for one another, and how you encourage and accompany one another: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (Jn 13:35).

 This was Jesus’ heartfelt prayer to the Father: “That they may all be one... in us... so that the world may believe” (Jn 17:21). Beware of the temptation of jealousy! We are all in the same boat and headed to the same port! Let us ask for the grace to rejoice in the gifts of each, which belong to all.

 


Beijing has chosen one of the poorest and most corrupt countries in the world for the biggest contract it has signed in Africa.
The pitfalls of the "contract of the century" between Congo and China:

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 Woman downs whole bottle of cognac at Beijing airport security control

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

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

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

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

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

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

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


 

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


Pope Francis:
Thank you Holy Spirit

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