Introduction: This is a preface of of a book, titled: ‘Every Week God Speaks We Respond’, intended to be published in English, Cycle A, then Cycle B and finally Cycle C by Reverend John TB Trong (Gio-an Trần Bình Trọng) in the near future.
Whatever volume is available first is to be published first. The books were published in Vietnamese in the US in 2007, 2008 and 2009 respectively and re-published in Viet Nam in 2010, 2011 and 2012 respectively.
As a gift of thanksgiving to God of providence who, through his teaching, purification and rectification, has guided me step-by-step, faltering on bumpy stretches of road to the altar. He has led me through masses of dark clouds covering my mind and heart, with struggles between reason and heart. Especially he has kept me from falling away from the sanctuary and more than once saved my life.
Dedicated to parishioners of Holy Family Catholic Church, Saint Ann Catholic Church, Saint Leo Catholic Church, Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Holy Martyrs of Vietnam Catholic Church, Saint Bernadette Catholic Church and Saint Michael Catholic Church of the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, USA for their affirmation, encouragement and challenge to my preaching/teaching ministry at Sunday masses in English and Vietnamese.
Also dedicated to priests and readers of Dân Chúa Mỹ Châu monthly Magazine in America and www.vietcatholic.net from different parts of the world, who have read my reflections in Vietnamese on the Sunday scripture readings, then have had them copied and forwarded to relatives and friends through E-mail or have had them reproduced to share with parishioners
Finally dedicated to prospective readers of Every Week God Speaks to Us – We Respond to His Word.