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Daily readings: December 23 – January 5

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The widow who was cautioned by a saint for being too generous

St Olympias clung to the feet of St John Chrysostom in their last meeting before his banishment

St Olympias (December 17), a widow with an immense fortune, became a devoted disciple of St John Chrysostom

Daily readings: December 16 – 22

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The saint formerly known as ‘Talking Eagle’

St Juan Diego (December 9)

Daily readings: December 9 – 15

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The great Jesuit missionary who taught the Christian faith through jingles

A detail from the Miracle of St Francis Xavier by Peter Paul Rubens

St Francis Xavier (December 3), one of the most remarkable travellers in history, was perceptive about the cruelties of colonialism

Daily readings: December 2 – 8

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Daily readings: November 25 – December 1

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The monk who defied a synod of bishops

St Columban’s Rule was less precise but much stricter than St Benedict’s

St Columban (November 23) left a great monastic academy in Ireland to restore learning and religion to Gaul

Daily readings: November 18 – 24

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms