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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V2Catholic.com   A voice for the poor 
Edited by Hong Kong prison chaplain Fr John Wotherspoon O.M.I.  胡 頌 恆 神 父    jdwomi@gmail.com    
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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 English students and sick friends will find The Book passages a source of extra help and encouragement

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

V2Catholic on Facebook
  God bless kind FB editor in Melbourne 

Archive of articles + other items: bottom of this page

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Imitating Pope Francis


 

  Friday July 31    - don't miss today's 3 in 1 , below! 

Hong Kong from The Peak:


Can you see God? Where is God to be found in a city like HK? Wherever we see love and kindness and goodness in a city like HK, we see God! c.f. words of Pope, No. 71, below

"Same-sex marriage" file

Islam File    The New Translation
   

Full text

Recording
of 
38

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


38 (b): There are “proposals to internationalize the Amazon, which only serve the economic interests of transnational corporations”.[24]

We cannot fail to praise the commitment of international agencies and civil society organizations which draw public attention to these issues and offer critical cooperation, employing legitimate means of pressure, to ensure that each government carries out its proper and inalienable responsibility to preserve its country’s environment and natural resources, without capitulating to spurious local or international interests.

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The Pope and poverty
"Looks like the Pope Francis Fan Club is losing membership. All that care for the poor business had to be getting on folks' nerves. You see, most of the people who hear what Francis says are rich. The poor are not wired".

On yesterday's menu, below, I mentioned how all recent drug mule sentences have been 9 or more years. But yesterday as I accompanied an African inmate in the High Court for sentencing, something different happened:

The sentence handed down for drug trafficking was 20 years and 6 months ...but that was reduced by 50% for pleading guilty and for a number of special reasons ...so the 20.6 became 10.3  and the 10.3 will be reduced by one third for good behaviour.  That means 123 months will become 82 months. And the inmate has already served 15 months in detention, so the 82 becomes 67 = 5 years and 7 months!  DG! Inmate very happy!


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

Exodus 26-27

God said to Moses:
"Make a cover for the sacred tent. Make the cover's support frames of acacia wood.

Make a veil of purple, violet and red behind which to put the sacred chest.

Make an altar out of acacia wood. Make altar vessels out of bronze.

Make a sacred courtyard to go around the tent.

Place a sacred flame outside the veil, and keep the flame burning from night till morning."  

Dear God, thank you for churches and other special places for prayer

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

 

Revelation 1.4-8 (b)

Jesus Christ loves us and has washed away our sins with his blood, and made us a line of kings and priests to serve his God and Father

It is he who will come on the clouds. Everyone, in every part of the world, will see him. All hearts will be moved by his coming

"I am the beginning and the end", says the Lord God. "I am the originator and goal of all things"

Jesus, please help more and more people know who you are

Recording

Today's Gospel

Matthew 19.13-15

Some people brought their little children to Jesus. They hoped Jesus would  put his hands on the children and bless them.

Jesus' disciples told the people to go away and not bother Jesus.
But Jesus said "Don't prevent the little children from coming to me".

Then he put his hands on them and blessed them.

Jesus, please help all children to know you from their earliest days. Please don't let parents prevent children from coming to you.

Recording

 

 



Pope's words to women in prison in Paraguay - in this report:
Still the Pope of surprises

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  
(YouTube: need to turn volume up ...and wait for sound to begin at about 28 seconds...then music at 4 mins)

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       (1)

Jesus' blood never failed me yet
Never failed me yet
Never failed me yet
One thing I know
For he loves me so     (2)

Jesus' blood never failed me yet
Never failed me yet
Never failed me yet
There's one thing I know
Loves me so      (3)

Jesus' blood never failed me yet
Never failed me yet
Never failed me yet
One thing I know

 

Migrant workers are natural targets for drug barons with an eye out for mules. The desperation of the circumstances in which many find themselves often leaves them easy prey and, as many are not experienced travellers or aware of the possible pitfalls of carrying parcels for unknown, or even known, people, they can land themselves in serious trouble if they are not careful. - in this report:
More than tears needed to expose drug trade
There are approximately 80 Filipinos on death row around the world. Forty-one of them are on drug-related charges; 16 in Malaysia, 21 in China, two in Vietnam and one each in Kuwait and Indonesia.


My dear friend in Tanzania: may the Good Lord help him in such an unusual situation
Where is Dr Slaa?

Feast of St Ignatius today: 

If Ignatius hadn't missed the boat ...

Recording of 71

Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel      Full text     

71. The new Jerusalem, the holy city, is the goal towards which all of humanity is moving. It is (interesting) that God’s revelation tells us that the fullness of humanity and of history is realized in a city.

 We need to look at our cities with a contemplative gaze, a gaze of faith which sees God dwelling in their homes, in their streets and squares

God’s presence accompanies the sincere efforts of individuals and groups to find encouragement and meaning in their lives. He dwells among them, fostering solidarity, fraternity, and the desire for goodness, truth and justice.

 This presence must not be contrived but found, uncovered. God does not hide himself from those who seek him with a sincere heart, even though they do so tentatively, in a vague and haphazard manner.

 


Fifteen weeks in jail for assault with breasts 

So ...what should this mad-am receive?!

And there's more! HK under attack from red aunties!


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
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, 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 July 30 



Philippines Drags Feet on Renewable Energy
But while paying lip service to renewables, in less than two years, the  government has approved the construction of 21 coal-powered projects

"Same-sex marriage" file

Islam File    The New Translation

Full text

Recording
of 
38

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

 38 (a): Let us mention, for example, those richly biodiverse lungs of our planet which are the Amazon and the Congo basins, and the great aquifers and glaciers. We know how important these are for the entire earth and for the future of humanity. 

The ecosystems of tropical forests possess an enormously complex biodiversity which is almost impossible to appreciate fully, yet when these forests are burned down or levelled for purposes of cultivation, within the space of a few years countless species are lost and the areas frequently become arid wastelands.

A delicate balance has to be maintained when speaking about these places, for we cannot overlook the huge global economic interests which, under the guise of protecting them, can undermine the sovereignty of individual nations.

Like the previous day, yesterday was spent at Stanley Prison where I visited dozens of inmates, mainly from Africa. Many of the Africans were sentenced since the start of this year, and, like their comrades from South America (especially Colombia) received prison terms of nine or more years ("after cut") for drug trafficking.

Yet despite their sadness at the prospect of being away from their families for such a long time, they are still keenly interested in news from their own country - especially the Tanzanians who are captivated (so to speak) by the extraordinary political happenings of this week - see story below


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

Exodus 25

God said to Moses:

"Build me a sacred tent so that I may live among the people.

Let everyone follow the promptings of their heart in making contributions for the building of the temple.

Make a sacred chest (ark) to hold
the stone tablets on which are the Ten Commandments, Aaron's rod and some manna.

Also make a table for the bread of offering, and a golden lamp-stand."

 Dear God, thank you for churches and other special places for prayer

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

Revelation 1.4-8 (a)

From John, to the seven churches of Asia province:

grace and peace to you from him who is, who was, and who is to come, from the seven spirits at his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the First-born from the dead, the Ruler of the kings of the earth

Jesus, faithful witness, please help me to be a faithful witness to your love and truth

Recording

Today's Gospel:

 

Matthew 19.1-9

One day some religious leaders put Jesus to the test by asking him
"Is it against the Law of Moses for a man to divorce his wife?"

Jesus replied "God created male and female, for the two to become united as one body.  What God has united, no one should separate."

The leaders then asked "But why did Moses allow divorce?"

Jesus replied "Moses allowed divorce because people were so hard of heart.  But divorce was not God's plan.

So I say to you, anyone who walks out on their partner and marries someone else, is guilty of adultery"

Jesus, please help married people stay together

 Recording


China's crusade to remove crosses from churches 'is for safety concerns'

Beijing must not win 2022 Winter Olympics bid, say human rights activists


 

Tanzania heading for a big change in October elections?
Lowassa’s defection to alter polls drama landscape

Meanwhile: Present (corrupt) president is enjoying tour of Australia


Famous Chinese Christians

Liang Fa (1789 - 1855)
Chinas first Protestant pastor

Recording of 70

Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel             Full text

 

70. It is also true that at times greater emphasis is placed on the outward expressions and traditions of some groups, or on alleged private revelations which would replace all else, than on the impulse of Christian piety

There is a kind of Christianity made up of devotions reflecting an individual and sentimental faith life which does not in fact correspond to authentic “popular piety”. Some people promote these expressions while not being in the least concerned with the advancement of society or the formation of the laity, and in certain cases they do so in order to obtain economic benefits or some power over others.

 Nor can we overlook the fact that in recent decades there has been a breakdown in the way Catholics pass down the Christian faith to the young. It is undeniable that many people feel disillusioned and no longer identify with the Catholic tradition.

 Growing numbers of parents do not bring their children for baptism or teach them how to pray. There is also a certain exodus towards other faith communities. The causes of this breakdown include: a lack of opportunity for dialogue in families, the influence of the communications media, a relativistic subjectivism, unbridled consumerism which feeds the market, lack of pastoral care among the poor, the failure of our institutions to be welcoming, and our difficulty in restoring a mystical adherence to the faith in a pluralistic religious landscape.


Yesterday at Stanley Prison I was able to use the main lift, which has two sets of control buttons, one on each side, with a sign above one set saying "only for use of firemen when firemen-use switch is on". On my previous visit I didn't see that sign, and when the door shut and wouldn't open and lift wouldn't move I rang the emergency bell ....which is not a really great idea in a prison! 


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
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 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)


 

  Wednesday July 29 

Dying for Christianity

Millions at risk amid rise in persecution across the globe

Christians are facing growing persecution around the world, fuelled mainly by Islamic extremism and repressive governments

     "Same-sex marriage" file

Islam File    The New Translation

Full text

Recording
of 
37

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

 37. Some countries have made significant progress in establishing sanctuaries on land and in the oceans where any human intervention is prohibited which might modify their features or alter their original structures.

In the protection of biodiversity, specialists insist on the need for particular attention to be shown to areas richer both in the number of species and in endemic, rare or less protected species.

Certain places need greater protection because of their immense importance for the global ecosystem, or because they represent important water reserves and thus safeguard other forms of life.

Many Stanley inmates now have access to copies of Laudato Si!

Yesterday was spent visiting African and other inmates at three prisons which are next to each other:  Stanley, Pak Sha Wan and Tung Tau.

Today I'm hoping to visit more inmates at Stanley Prison. 

There are too many inmates in these prisons for me to visit in one day ....and travelling to and from Stanley is very time consuming ...so l spent last night at the Maryknoll Centre in Stanley. 

(, below, describes my evening meal ..)


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

Exodus 24

God invited Moses, Aaron, Nadab and 70 other men to see him face to face.

They saw God face to face and ate and drank in his presence.

Under God's feet the ground was like a pure blue jewel.

God then invited Moses to go up the mountain.

A cloud covered the mountain and for 6 days the glory of the Lord settled on the mountain.

On the seventh day God spoke with Moses inside the cloud.

Moses stayed on the mountain for about 40 days.


Dear God, thank you for times of prayer

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



Jude

From Jude, servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, to those who are dear to God the Father and kept safe,
wishing you mercy and peace and love

I write with urgency to appeal to you: stand up for the faith that has been entrusted to us

Some false teachers have infiltrated our ranks. They reject the teaching of our Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. They say "anything goes" in the area of morality.

Such teaching, such people, must be opposed. Be kind to such people, but with great caution

To God who saves us through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory and all honor, now and forever

Jesus, please protect your church from false teachers

Recording

(Today: Feast of Saint Martha)

Luke 10.38-42 
Jesus came to a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord’s feet and listened to him speaking. 

Now Martha, who was distracted with all the serving said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister is leaving me to do the serving all by myself? Please tell her to help me.’

But the Lord answered: ‘Martha, Martha,’ he said ‘you worry and fret about so many things, and yet few are needed, indeed only one. It is Mary who has chosen the better part; it is not to be taken from her.’

Jesus, please help me stop "worrying and fretting"

Recording


Chris McDonnell (Wed UK blogger) 

A much needed place
That Donald Nicholls steered the Tantur Institute through such a hazardous path is to his abiding credit. And today the Institute continues to flourish, its need never greater, its presence all-important in a troubled world


NCR Editorial:  Pope Francis' exhortation to walk on the margins makes us squirm
Those in the room needed no further explanation of what he meant by "an idolatrous system." It is, in his words, "a globalization that excludes." He is about to arrive in globalization central.


A beautiful tape, one hour of sincere teaching on healing in the Bible. 
No wonder it has had 500,000 users

God's Healing Word of Life


"Same-sex marriage"
Plenty to fear from Labor's "equality"
In the name of “celebrating diversity” it intends to impose conformity on all school children to accept homosexual behaviour as normal and right – thereby trampling on parental rights to guide their child’s moral education.


What’s behind Beijing’s drive to control the South China Sea?

Stock market advice for China: when in a hole, stop digging


Recording of 69

Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel             Full text

69. It is imperative to evangelize cultures in order to inculturate the Gospel.

In countries of Catholic tradition, this means encouraging, fostering and reinforcing a richness which already exists.

In countries of other religious traditions, or profoundly secularized countries, it will mean sparking new processes for evangelizing culture, even though these will demand long-term planning.

We must keep in mind, however, that we are constantly being called to grow. Each culture and social group needs purification and growth.

In the case of the popular cultures of Catholic peoples, we can see deficiencies which need to be healed by the Gospel: machismo, alcoholism, domestic violence, low Mass attendance, fatalistic or superstitious notions which lead to sorcery, and the like. Popular piety itself can be the starting point for healing and liberation from these deficiencies.

 


After a long day in Stanley prisons yesterday, finishing after 5pm, as I walked from Stanley Prison to Stanley Market, my stomach developed an interest in fish and chips and salad and a cold beer at the Stanley waterfront. But when I saw the local restaurant prices (c. HK$160 for such a meal), my brain vetoed my stomach and I had a McDonald's Fillet of Fish take-a-way meal standing next to the Stanley Pier!


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
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 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 July 28  

The Dubai Miracle Garden

How a desert became the 
world's biggest flower garden

 "Same-sex marriage" file

Islam File    The New Translation

Full text

Recording
of 
36

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

36. Caring for ecosystems demands far-sightedness, since no one looking for quick and easy profit is truly interested in their preservation. 

But the cost of the damage caused by such selfish lack of concern is much greater than the economic benefits to be obtained.

Where certain species are destroyed or seriously harmed, the values involved are incalculable. 

We can be silent witnesses to terrible injustices if we think that we can obtain significant benefits by making the rest of humanity, present and future, pay the extremely high costs of environmental deterioration.   

See "Pope's climate change letter .... and HK" - below - "Ming Pao"

Large part of yesterday was spent with a journalist and cameraman doing documentary on overseas inmates in HK prisons. Hope the program has the same effect as the Tanzania campaign: a drastic slowdown in the number of inmates being imprisoned in HK.

If the documentary helps even one person avoid prison, it will be worthwhile. More details about the documentary in the week ahead. 


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

Exodus 23 (b)

God's promise:

"I will send an angel before you to protect you and bring you to the land I have prepared for you.

Eventually you will possess this special land and take it over from the peoples who live there now."

Dear God, thank you for your protection

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.

Jesus, please help me understand how these words refer to you

Recording 

3 John

From the Elder to my dear friend Gaius. People have told me of your faithfulness to the truth.

It is always a great joy for me when I hear that my children are living according to the truth

Thank you for your hospitality to believers who travel to spread the Good News. Such people deserve whatever support we can give them

Jesus, please bless people who travel to spread the Good News

Recording

 


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

 

 Matthew 18. 21-35

Peter asked Jesus "How many times must I forgive someone? 7 times?"  Jesus answered "Not 7, but 77 times.

For the kingdom of heaven is like a king who cancelled the huge debt of one of his servants.

But that same servant refused to cancel the tiny debt of one of his fellow servants.

So the king said to the servant:
'When you appealed to me, I had pity on you and cancelled your big debt.  But you refused to have pity on your fellow servant who asked you for mercy. Therefore you must now go to prison until your big debt is paid.'

If you refuse to forgive other people, you are making yourself ineligible for God's forgiveness."

Jesus, please help me to forgive other people, just as you forgive me .... many times ... each day

Recording


China liaison office interfered with HKU pro-vice chancellor appointment, claims ex-editor


 

Obama promises to visit Tanzania after he retires

Recording of 68

Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel             Full text

 68. The Christian substratum of certain peoples – most of all in the West – is a living reality. Here we find, especially among the most needy, a moral resource which preserves the values of an authentic Christian humanism.

Seeing reality with the eyes of faith, we cannot fail to acknowledge what the Holy Spirit is sowing. It would show a lack of trust in his free and unstinting activity to think that authentic Christian values are absent where great numbers of people have received baptism and express their faith and solidarity with others in a variety of ways.

This means more than acknowledging occasional “seeds of the word”, since it has to do with an authentic Christian faith which has its own expressions and means of showing its relationship to the Church. 

The immense importance of a culture marked by faith cannot be overlooked; before the onslaught of contemporary secularism, an evangelized culture, for all its limits, has many more resources than the mere sum total of believers.

An evangelized popular culture contains values of faith and solidarity capable of encouraging the development of a more just and believing society, and possesses a particular wisdom which ought to be gratefully acknowledged.


Recommended Movie:        Dances with Wolves                 Wikipedia            Amazon

Set during the American expansion to the west ...and the  battle for territory... Indians vs American pioneers + US military. "Wonderful. Wonderful. But it Will Break Your Heart" (one reviewer in Amazon)


My weekly article in today's Ming Pao newspaper
with the topic: Pope's climate change letter ... and HK
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


Seen recently on breakfast menu of a local restaurant:
Boiled two eggs    (...two boiled eggs...)

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

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

And praying for one Islam-related intention each day of the week:
Jesus, please pacify 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 July 27 


Obama in Nairobi speech condemns anti-women traditions



“Treating women as second-class citizens is a bad tradition: it holds you back. There’s no excuse for sexual assault or domestic violence, there’s no reason that young girls should suffer genital mutilation, there’s no place in a civilised society for the early or forced marriage of children

Same-sex marriage" file

Islam File    The New Translation

Full text

Recording
of 
35

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

35. In assessing the environmental impact of any project, concern is usually shown for its effects on soil, water and air, yet few careful studies are made of its impact on biodiversity, as if the loss of species or animals and plant groups were of little importance.

Highways, new plantations, the fencing-off of certain areas, the damming of water sources, and similar developments, crowd out natural habitats and, at times, break them up in such a way that animal populations can no longer migrate or roam freely. As a result, some species face extinction. 

Alternatives exist which at least lessen the impact of these projects, like the creation of biological corridors, but few countries demonstrate such concern and foresight.

Frequently, when certain species are exploited commercially, little attention is paid to studying their reproductive patterns in order to prevent their depletion and the consequent imbalance of the ecosystem.

 

Excellent Wikipedia article on Laudato Si

I think the Pope would like this as supporting his letter on climate change & living simply:
An American businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied, that it only took a little while. The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish. The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs.

The American then asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life, señor.” (see below, for end of story)


The Book  Blog
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Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible
 

Exodus 23 (a)

Moses told the people:

"Don't be unfair to anyone, friend or foe.

Work for six days, then rest on the seventh day. Work your land for six years, then let the land rest and recover in the seventh year.

Three times a year you must celebrate special feasts: the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Harvest, the Feast of Ingathering.

On these three feasts all men must present themselves before the Lord."


Thank you Lord for religious festival times

My recording of this reading

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



 

2 John

In our life of truth and love, we have grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father

I write not to give you any new commandment, but the one we were given at the beginning: let us love one another; let us live a life of love

Keep to what Jesus taught. Don't follow anyone who changes what Jesus taught

Jesus, please protect me from people who distort your message

Recording

c.f.
Today's Gospel:

 

Matthew 18.1-10

One day Jesus heard his disciples arguing about which one of them was the most important.

Jesus got a little child to sit in front of them, and said "If you want to be great in God's eyes, become child-like. In fact, unless you become child-like, you won't get to heaven.

And make sure you never cause harm to children like this one.
Remember, the protecting angels of children are in the presence of my Father in heaven."

Jesus, please help me to be more child-like, and please don't let me ever cause harm to children

Recording

 

 

 


Darlene Starrs (Blogger from Canada)

The Extraordinary in the Ordinary!
If you have ever examined a mustard seed, you will know that each seed is about the size of the head of a stick pin. Imagine such a seed eventually being compared to the enormity of the Kingdom of God!


Recording of 67

Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel             Full text

67. The individualism of our postmodern and globalized era favours a lifestyle which weakens the development and stability of personal relationships, and distorts family bonds. 

Pastoral activity needs to bring out more clearly the fact that our relationship with the Father demands and encourages a communion which heals, promotes and reinforces interpersonal bonds.

In our world, especially in some countries, different forms of war and conflict are re-emerging, yet we Christians remain steadfast in our intention to respect others, to heal wounds, to build bridges, to strengthen relationships and to “bear one another’s burdens” (Gal 6:2). 

Today too, various associations for the defence of rights and the pursuit of noble goals are being founded. This is a sign of the desire of many people to contribute to social and cultural progress.


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

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The American scoffed. “I am a Wharton MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But señor, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “Fifteen or twenty years.”

“But what then, señor?”

The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”

“Millions, señor? Then what?”

The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”


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
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 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 July 26   

Lets end Clericalism in the Church      Donald Cozzens

Let’s end clericalism and follow the example of our non-clerical pope. He keeps reminding his bishops, priests, and deacons that they are trail guides for a pilgrim people. They are ministers of mercy - with muddy shoes


"Same-sex marriage" file

Islam File    The New Translation

 

Full text

Recording
of 
34

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

34 (b): Many birds and insects which disappear due to synthetic agrotoxins, are helpful for agriculture: their disappearance will have to be compensated for by yet other techniques which may well prove harmful.

We must be grateful for the praiseworthy efforts being made by scientists and engineers dedicated to finding solutions to man-made problems.

But a sober look at our world shows that the degree of human intervention, often in the service of business interests and consumerism, is actually making our earth less rich and beautiful, ever more limited and grey, even as technological advances and consumer goods continue to abound limitlessly. 

We seem to think that we can substitute an irreplaceable and irretrievable beauty with something which we have created ourselves.

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Philippines takes lead on Pope's environmental encyclical

 

President Obama in Kenya today. Pope Francis due to be in Kenya in November. Is any other country having both President and Pope this year?!

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On this website's July 24 menu (below) I asked help to pay university fees for two prison inmates from Tanzania.

Well, request has most kindly been answered by one very generous HK family ....and the fees for both inmates can be paid on time tomorrow. God bless that dear family!


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

(apologies to St James, forgotten yesterday)

c.f. Readings for "Sunday 17"

2 Kings 4.42-44

A man came bringing Elisha, the man of God, bread from the first-fruits, twenty barley loaves and fresh grain in the ear.’

‘Give it to the people to eat’, Elisha said. But his servant replied, ‘How can I serve this to a hundred men?’ 

‘Give it to the people to eat’ he insisted ‘for the Lord says this, “They will eat, and have some left over.”’ 

He served them; they ate, and had some left over, as the Lord had said.

Lord, please bless our prayers the way you blessed Elisha's loaves

My recording of this reading

 

Psalm 145

All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord,  and your friends shall repeat their blessing. They shall speak of the glory of your reign, and declare your might, O God.

The eyes of all creatures look to you,  and you give them their food in due time. You open wide your hand, grant the desires of all who live.

The Lord is just in all his ways, and loving in all his deeds. He is close to all who call him, who call on him from their hearts.

You open wide your hand, O Lord, and grant our desires

Recording

Today's Gospel:

John 6.1-15 (a)

Near the Sea of Galilee, a large crowd followed Jesus, attracted by the way he healed so many sick people

Jesus climbed a hillside and sat there with his disciples. Seeing the huge crowd, Jesus said to one of his disciples "How can we feed so many people?"

The disciple Andrew said "There's a young boy here with 5 loaves and 2 fish. But what good is that for such a huge crowd?"

Recording

Daniel Daring

Not that kind of king
When you stop asking for signs  and stop searching for worldly wisdom, then you are ready to follow Christ crucified, the wisdom and the power of God

   Chinese text     Previous reflections

John 6.1-15 (b)

Jesus said "Make the people sit down". The crowd of about 20,000 sat down on the grass

Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and gave them out to all the people. He did the same with the fish. Everyone ate as much as they wanted to

The people, seeing this miracle, said "He really is God's great prophet".  Jesus, aware that they wanted to make him king, slipped away and went up the hill by himself

Jesus, please bless my prayers and actions to help others, just as you blessed the loaves and fish

Recording

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True story: multiplication of food in Mexico on Christmas Day, 1972


Gerard O'Connell:
Francis of the Poor
I have been on all the foreign trips Francis has made since becoming pope, but his visit in July to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay revealed new dimensions of the man and the impact of his ministry


 How beggars in Hong Kong benefit from legal grey areas

(In 2011 I invited 3 Mainland beggars to my home. They told of how government assistance in China was enough to buy only a bottle of water each day ...how they were in HK to try to get money for themselves and their families. Photos of their visit)


The 204th US mass shooting this year

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Today is also the Feast of Saints Joachim and Ann  parents of Mary, grandparents of Jesus & apostles James and John. (Feast not celebrated on a Sunday). Saint Anne is the patron saint of many places in the world. One of the most famous churches bearing her name is St Anne de Beaupre in Canada where many sick people have been healed, and which I had the privilege of visiting  in 1982. Picture opposite is a memento of the visit (click to enlarge)


Recording of 66

Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel             Full text

66. The family is experiencing a profound cultural crisis, as are all communities and social bonds. 

In the case of the family, the weakening of these bonds is particularly serious because the family is the fundamental cell of society, where we learn to live with others despite our differences and to belong to one another; it is also the place where parents pass on the faith to their children. 

Marriage now tends to be viewed as a form of mere emotional satisfaction that can be constructed in any way or modified at will.

But the indispensable contribution of marriage to society transcends the feelings and momentary needs of the couple. As the French bishops have taught, it is not born “of loving sentiment, ephemeral by definition, but from the depth of the obligation assumed by the spouses who accept to enter a total communion of life


What can you see?!

Clue: today's Gospel


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
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, please bless all Muslims in my own country 

New letter, in Swahili, from a Tanzanian inmate in a HK prison  (... the sad story of  a female drug mule's medical condition...)

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 July 25 

Economic Gloom for Australia?    

What is certain is that if this generation doesn’t have this discussion, the next generation will be left with our mess, locked up in a cocoon of a high cost of living, tied up with debt.

"Same-sex marriage" file

Islam File    The New Translation

Full text

Recording
of 
34

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

34 (a): It may well disturb us to learn of the extinction of mammals or birds, since they are more visible. But the good functioning of ecosystems also requires fungi, algae, worms, insects, reptiles and an innumerable variety of microorganisms.

Some less numerous species, although generally unseen, nonetheless play a critical role in maintaining the equilibrium of a particular place. Human beings must intervene when a geosystem reaches a critical state.

But nowadays, such intervention in nature has become more and more frequent. As a consequence, serious problems arise, leading to further interventions; human activity becomes ubiquitous, with all the risks which this entails. Often a vicious circle results, as human intervention to resolve a problem further aggravates the situation.
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Sydney, August 6: Integral Ecology: panel response to Laudato Si’.

Professor to Pell: Church can and must pronounce on scientific matters

 

In 1974, former Australian Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies hit the nail on the head concerning most of the world's problems: what's needed to fix our sick world is not some economist's theory, but a great mood of unselfishness.

Which is to say that the basic cause of most of our problems is selfishness

This is the same message now repeated in the Pope's "Laudato Si":  small and large scale selfishness is destroying our world. We urgently need a great mood of unselfishness. 
Jesus, please give our world a great mood of unselfishness 
.... starting with me


The Book  Blog
4 readings + recordings

Comments/reflections welcome here
Readings are from Simple Bible

Exodus 22

Laws announced by Moses:

"If a man seduces a virgin, he must marry her. A sorceress must be put to death. Anyone who has intercourse with an animal must die.

Do not discriminate against foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.

Do not be harsh to widows and orphans. Do not demand interest if you make a loan to a poor person.

Always remember you are a people consecrated to God."

Dear God, please help us not to hurt other people

My recording of this reading

Psalms 61-65

O God, hear my cry, you who are my refuge and help.

In you alone is my soul at rest. 
My help comes from you.

Take refuge in God, everyone in trouble. Trust him at all times.

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.

You are the Creator of the world.
You care for the earth, you give it water.

To you our praise is due,
wherever we are on earth.

Lord, my soul clings to you. Your right hand holds me fast

Recording

1 John 4.20 - 5.13

Anyone who says "I love God" but hates his brother, is a liar

A man who does not love the brother he can see, cannot love God whom he has never seen

Who can overcome the world?
Only the person who believes that Jesus is the Son of God

God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son

You who believe in the Son of God have eternal life

Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God

Recording

 

Matthew 17.14-20

A man went down on his knees and pleaded with Jesus:

"Lord, please help my son. He is crazy and does crazy things like falling into fire and into water. I asked your disciples to heal him but they were not able to."

There was an evil spirit oppressing the boy, so Jesus ordered the spirit to leave the boy.
The boy was healed immediately.

Jesus' disciples asked him "Why were we unable to expel that spirit?"

Jesus answered "Because your faith is not strong enough."

Jesus, please increase my faith,
so that my prayers can be of more help to other people


Recording


Kevin Walters
(UK blogger)

A Bond of Divine Mercy 
How people in "irregular situations" may receive Holy Communion. (In fact, this is the humble in-practice spirituality of most people, not just people in "irregular situations". c.f. Pope Francis: "The Eucharist is not a prize for the perfect, but medicine for the sick" - jw)


89 year old Chinese bishop protests cross-removal campaign

Drug seller gets longer jail term for hiring teen

 Call to priesthood ‘not the same’ as call to celibacy, says senior Catholic academic  + call for women deacons


"SSM"

Archbishop Fisher (Sydney):
Same-sex debate marred by slogan and spin

Recording of 65

Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel             Full text

65. Despite the tide of secularism which has swept our societies, in many countries – even those where Christians are a minority – the Catholic Church is considered a credible institution by public opinion, and trusted for her solidarity and concern for those in greatest need. 

Again and again, the Church has acted as a mediator in finding solutions to problems affecting peace, social harmony, the land, the defence of life, human and civil rights, and so forth. And how much good has been done by Catholic schools and universities around the world! This is a good thing.

Yet, we find it difficult to make people see that when we raise other questions less palatable to public opinion, we are doing so out of fidelity to precisely the same convictions about human dignity and the common good.

 


Climate change skeptics jokes!

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

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

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

 

This website's Tanzania File
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- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

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- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's HK Asylum Seekers' File
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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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