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Daily readings: January 13 – 19

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The lady so ascetic she never took a bath unless she was dangerously ill

St Paula (January 5), a woman of high birth, indulged in every luxury until she became a widow at 32

Daily readings: January 6 – 12

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The holy monk whose dead body radiated white light

St Charbel Makhlouf

St Charbel Makhlouf (December 24) lived a life of holiness in obscurity

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