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St Bernadette of Lourdes

If you start praying today you can complete a novena by the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

The relics of St John Bosco visit Southwark Cathedral, London, in 2013 (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The saint whose feast we celebrate today discovered his vocation in his sleep

Cardinal Henry Newman (CNS photo/courtesy of the Catholic Church of England and Wales)

John Henry Newman’s pro-life poem

We must remember that God has created us for ‘some definite service’

An open-air Mass in Zagreb, Croatia. 'I need patience and humility to return to the dark, private box and admit that I've slipped up again' (Photo: CNS)

There needs, of course, to be a balance

Travelling has become more nerve-wracking

It seems that people are more open to praying for the prevention of terrorism

A discarded Christmas tree left on the streets of Battersea, London (Photo: PA)

Praying, offering up our sufferings and doing our best to socialise may help us through

The Adoration of the Magi by Botticelli

The spectacle of Three Kings offering their treasures is a crucial example of how we can live faithfully

The statue of the Virgin Mary adorned with a wreath of flowers on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in 2013 (AP)

The Virgin Mary is the only woman in creation worthy of carrying Our Lord

Mother Angelica, who spearheaded the founding of the Eternal Word Television Network (CNS photo/courtesy EWTN)

For those of us often at odds with secular society, we have always had a friend in Mother Angelica

Pope Francis in Africa (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Many of us were taught at school that Christian missionaries forced the Africans to give up a non-Christian way of life