Archive for January, 2014

“Each of us is the result of a thought of God”

“We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution. Each of us is the result of a thought of God.” ~ Pope Benedict XVI

#MoralStory : A Kiss From An Angel (True Story)

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SHENZHEN, Guangdong – we believe that everyone has an angel on earth. Liu Wenxiu’s kiss literally saved the life of a 16-year-old boy.

Liu just passing by a pedestrian bridge in downtown Shenzhen on June 11 when she spotted hundreds of onlookers watching a young man with a knife in his hand, threatening to jump.

“I saw him get more and more excited as everybody around was just looking, nobody was trying tostep up and help,” said Liu, a 19-year-old hotel waitress.

“He had to be saved, because I’ve been there before and I knew exactly how it was,” continued Liu,who had attempted suicide several times.

The boy was outside the guardrail and only one step from falling. Local police had tried without success to persuade him to give up.

Liu managed to get close to the boy by telling the police that she was his girlfriend and also the reason for his attempt to commit suicide.

“The fact is I’d never seen him before, but that’s the only idea I could come up with at the time,” sherecalled.

According to local television, the boy’s mother had passed away, his stepmother didn’t treat him welland she left with all his father’s money. The father and son had to take part-time jobs and start theirlives over again.

Liu started to sob when she heard the story.

“He told me he didn’t have a home anymore, nobody cared about him and no one trusted him. I saidnothing but showed him the scars on my right wrist. I used to be suicidal – I’ve attempted cutting myartery, jumping from a high building and others,” said Liu during a local TV interview after hersuccessful rescue.

Born in Anhui province, Liu grew up amid quarrelling parents and the responsibility to take care ofher elder sister who is a deaf-mute.

Life pressure forced her to quit high school and start working when she was only a teenager.

“Nobody in my family was happy – both of my parents spent days brawling, which left my sister and I gloomy. That boy, he was like a younger me,” Liu said.

With the boy crying even harder, Liu knew he had a sense of being understood.

“He said he’s hopeless, ‘so don’t waste your time to save me’. But I told him, ‘I’m not saving your life, I just want you to realize how silly you are being. Look at me, I’ve been there and I’m now here,'” shesaid.

The negotiation on the bridge ended like a romantic comedy when Liu hugged the boy and kissedhim unexpectedly. Police took advantage of the situation to take away the boy’s knife and pull himinside the handrail of the bridge.

“When I kissed him and when he put his hand (with the knife) on my waist, both of us were crying sohard,” she said. “But I was happy as I knew I had saved him.”

Liu said she didn’t think too much before she offered her kiss, only that she knew it would comfort him.

“I simply thought he has to be stabilized, so he won’t do anything stupid. The police were near us so I didn’t worry about being pulled down by the boy,” she said.

Liu left after the rescue. Local police called her soon after because the boy refused to reveal hisstory without her presence.

“I didn’t go but we talked over the phone and exchanged our phone numbers. I promised him that I would call him later and I will, to encourage him to lead a better life,” Liu said.

Liu feels very uneasy after the accident as her mobile phone has been bombarded with calls for interviews, according to Lai Shouyan, Liu’s boss at the Hepans Taipan SPA Boutique Hotel.

“Personally I hope this doesn’t affect my work and normal life. I didn’t want to think much of the accident just like I didn’t think much when I went forward to save the boy,” Liu said. “For me the most important thing is that we live and enjoy each day.”

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#MiniBulletin : Internet is ‘gift from God,’ Pope writes in message on social communications

The media world needs “to recover a certain sense of deliberateness and calm,” Pope Francis writes in his message for the World Day of Social Communications. In his message the Pope says that the media can bring people closer together, and promote solidarity among the world’s people. But in order to do so, he argues, the media—including social media—must show a genuine respect for the human person.

Christians should not ignore the needs of their neighbors, the Pope says, and the media can help both to inform us about those needs and to develop “a sense of unity in the human family which can in turn inspire solidarity and serious efforts to ensure a more dignified life for all.”

The internet in particularly offers “immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity,” the Pope writes, saying that the enormous potential of electronic communication is “something truly good, a gift from God.”

— taken from http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=20282 —

#MiniBulletin : Prelate urges Malaysia’s Catholics to remain strong in face of opposition

The apostolic administrator of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital, has urged the nation’s Catholics to be courageous in the face of increasing opposition.

Malaysian police have recommended that the editor of the nation’s Catholic newspaper be charged with sedition. Selangor, one of the nation’s 13 states, is governed by a sultan who has decreed that non-Muslims may not use the term “Allah” to address God. Christians in Malaysia have been using the term since the seventeenth century, and Father Lawrence Andrew, the editor, said that Catholic parishes in Selangor would continue to use the term.

“I am deeply saddened and aggrieved by recent events involving the use of offensive words and the burning of an effigy of Father Lawrence Andrew, which is tantamount to an attack against the Christian community,” said Archbishop Murphy Pakiam in a January 18 pastoral letter.

“It is deplorable that certain groups also wish to organize mega demonstrations and road shows,” he continued. “These insensible actions by groups of persons have caused a great deal of unease, anxiety and even anger among Malaysian citizens. Furthermore, the endorsement of such actions by certain political leaders and the unexplained silence of others only add fuel to a fire that seems to be spreading uncontrollably.”

“I call upon the Catholic faithful to be strong through these adversities and continue to profess our faith with courage and determination,” he added.

The Southeast Asian nation of 29.6 million is 60% Muslim, 19% Buddhist, 6% Hindu, 6% Protestant, and 3% Catholic. Islam is Malaysia’s official religion.

— taken from http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=208501:guan-eng-denounces-reckless-muhyiddin-for-sanctioning-church-protests&Itemid=2 —

#MiniBulletin : 4,000 incidents of anti-Christian violence in India last year

More than 4,000 cases of anti-Christian violence occurred in India last year, according to a report received by the Fides news agency.

The “report on persecution in 2013,” prepared cooperatively by several Christian groups in India, documented 7 murders along with hundreds of beatings, attacks on churches, and other forms of abuse. More than 200 cases were classified as serious forms of persecution.

The anti-Christian violence was perpetrated primarily by Hindu zealots. Most of the incidents occurred in Indian states where Hindu nationalism is strong. The state of Karnataka saw the greatest incidence of violence.

— taken from http://www.fides.org/en/news/35094-ASIA_INDIA_Over_4_000_cases_of_anti_Christian_violence_the_Report_on_persecution_presented_to_the_Bishops#.UuE4oWQo6w8 —