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Daily readings: February 19 – 25

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The painter who would not pick up a brush without first saying a prayer

A painting believed to be a self-portrait by the Fra Angelico

Fra Angelico (February 18) believed it was impossible to create a Christian image without living a Christian life

Daily readings: February 12 – 18

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The pope who told an emperor his mind was coarse

St Gregory told the Byzantine Emperor that his mind was ‘coarse’

St Gregory II (February 11) was a treasurer, librarian and theological adviser before becoming pope

The brilliant Ecuadorian teacher who was too modest for Paris

The cathedral in Cuena, the Ecuadorian city where St Miguel was born

St Miguel Cordero (February 9), born with crippled legs, wrote his country’s standard Spanish grammar textbook aged 19

Daily readings: February 5 – 11

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The ‘dumb ox’ who became the greatest of the medieval Doctors of the Church

St Thomas was capable of dictating to four secretaries at the same time

St Thomas Aquinas (January 28) was an unrivalled theologian who used scientific rationalism to support the doctrines of Christian faith and revelation

Daily readings: January 29 – February 4

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Daily readings: January 22 – 28

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Form

The monk who was burned by a demon in his sleep

The cult of St Fursey grew after he was buried in Péronne, above

St Fursey (January 16) helped advance Christianity in East Anglia and northern France