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The generous Christian king who prayed all night

It is likely that Oswald was baptised on the island of Iona

St Oswald (August 5) was praised by the Venerable Bede as ‘a man beloved of God’

Daily readings: August 7 – 13

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Daily readings: July 31 – August 6

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The saint who saw Jesus as a guest who needed to eat

Christ with Martha and Mary by Henryk Siemiradzki, 1886

St Martha (July 29) perhaps put too much emphasis on the virtues of hospitality

The saint who flew ‘like a bird’ into a church roof

St Christina embraced extreme destitution

St Christina the Astonishing (July 24) had been taken for dead but sat up in her coffin in the middle of a Requiem Mass

Daily readings: July 24 – 30

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The Roman aristocrat who went from riches to rags

An icon of Arsenius

St Arsenius (July 19) became one of the leading Desert Fathers

Daily readings: July 17 – 23

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The Sister who saw in a vision her own heart made of steel

St Veronica Giuliani

St Veronica Giuliani (July 9) received well-attested imprints of the stigmata

Daily readings: July 10 – 16

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms