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How religious ecstasy and a narrow escape from death led to a life devoted to the sick

St John was carted off to the local asylum after experiencing religious ecstasy

St John of God, March 8

Daily readings: March 4 – 10

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The strict Passionist once known as ‘the dancer’

As a young man St Gabriel loved dolling himself up for parties

St Gabriel Possenti (February 27)

Daily readings: February 26 – March 3

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

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