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A painting of St Apollonia holding pliers and a large molar (Wellcome Library)

Today is the feast day of St Apollonia, the saint who had her teeth knocked out by a violent mob

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: ‘a fighter’ (CNS)

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