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The Veil and ethnic relations in China

I take the liberty of quoting some words by Zhang Chengzhi (張넓羚), who once pronounced literature untranslatable. 

Zhang is a Chinese Muslim writer. He grew up in a Hui family in Beijing. The Hui are one of the 56 ethnicities that make up the population of China and are traditionally believers of Islam.








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A new year

 

The Romans began each year by making promises to the god, Janus, for whom the month of January is named.

In Mediaeval times, knights took the peacock vow at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry.








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How might God contemplate China? – a prayer

In his farewell letter, written before he and six brother monks were martyred in 1996, Christian de Chergé, the abbot of the Cistercian Monastery of Tibhirine said:

This is what I shall be able to do, if God wills— 

immerse my gaze in that of the Father, 

and contemplate with him his children of Islam just as he sees them, 








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Ivory trinkets

Recently, our newspapers and other media have been bringing to our attention the terrible slaughter of many animals—especially in Africa—which, like us, were created by a loving God.








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What do families need?

The wisecracking American baseball player and coach, Yogi Berra, once said: “If the world was perfect, it wouldn’t be.” 

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Human rights

Nowadays, we are constantly reminded of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights as we hear, see and are touched by the many refugees who are seeking a new home in another country in order to be able to live where the declaration is respected.    

   

The Preamble

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Charters and the Covenant

In Hong Kong, when you step into a public hospital you have the right to receive medical attention that “fully meets the currently accepted standards of care and quality.” 

The Patients’ Charter also spells out such rights as having “your privacy, dignity and religious and cultural beliefs respected” provided the observance does not hurt the rights of other patients or healthcare providers.

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But where do you see
 the face of God?

This is a story told through a painting, a largely overlooked work among the vast collection of The Field Museum in Chicago (Catalogue No.116027).








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Jesus loves children

People brought little children to see Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them (Mark 10:13-16)


 

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Putting others first

 

 

Putting others first can be such a natural, beautiful part of life.

The heart benevolent and kind the most resembles God

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