Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall reproach you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets that were before you. (Matt 5:10-12)
As far as Catherine and I know, the heroic Chinese writer Hu Jia, who was sentenced today to over three years in prison is not a Roman Catholic.
But I am one. And so, as a gesture not only of criticism, but of scorn and contempt for the Chinese Communist Party who sent Hu Jia to prison AGAINST BASIC INTERNATIONAL LAW, as a gesture of scorn and contempt for the Chinese Communist Party who HAVE OUTLAWED TIBETAN BUDDHISM, AND ISLAM, AND THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH in China, tomorrow I am going to my local Roman Catholic Church to have a Mass (to any non-Catholic readers, I will tell you this is the highest ritual of the Catholic Church) in which the name of Hu Jia will be said, and prayed for.
For any non-Catholics among our readers, here I offer an example of the Roman Catholic mass in which, tomorrow, the name of Hu Jia will be mentioned. It takes about an hour, but as Hu Jia will be in prison for the next three and a half years, don’t any of his supporters (including the non-Catholics among them) have just one hour to share with me and Catherine, to join in my (and Catherine’s) way of praying for Hu Jia?
Even if you’re not a Catholic, please watch this, and while you watch it, please pray in solidarity with me and Catherine, for Hu Jia. Just one hour of your time to join in prayer with us – whatever religion you practice (even if you’re an atheist) – will be a symbolic gesture of support for Hu Jia.
And then please continue to pray for Hu Jia in the way of your own religion – even if it’s “atheism”, then please continue to remember him in your own way for the next three and a half years.
But for me and Catherine, this kind of Catholic mass is OUR way of remembering, praying for, and continuing to support in solidarity, Hu Jia. Please watch and contemplate this ceremony as Catherine and I do, with the imprisoned Hu Jia in your mind. It will take one hour, but don’t you have at least one hour to spare for Hu Jia during his coming three and a half years in prison?
Here. Tomorrow, a Catholic ceremony just like this one will take place in the name of Hu Jia, in our local church in Australia. Please watch this, to get a sense of what we are sharing with you on behalf of Hu Jia: