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The vain young girl who became a hero for Catholic women

St Maria de Mattias (August 20) masterminded the creation of more than fifty Precious Blood schools

The 80-year-old woman who discovered the Cross upon which Jesus was crucified

St Helena (August 18), the mother of Constantine, became celebrated for her charity to the poor and to prisoners

Daily readings: August 14 – 20

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

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