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St Colette (March 6) believed the most direct path to heaven was that of suffering patiently endured

Daily readings: March 6 – 12

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

St Tarasius (February 18) was a humble and sensible man appointed as Patriarch of Constantinople to resolve the Iconoclast controversy

Daily readings: February 27 – March 5

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

St Polycarp was killed by the sword after refusing to deny Christ

St Polycarp, a martyr at the age of 86

St Polycarp (February 23), instructed by the Apostles, served as Bishop of Smyrna for 50 years and died during persecution

Daily readings: February 20 – 26

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

St Claude de La Colombière (February 15) had the misfortune of being in London at the time of the alleged Popish Plot

Daily readings: February 13 – 19

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The Abbey Church of St Andrew, Sempringham

Gilbert of Sempringham (c 1083-1189) founded the only distinctively English medieval religious order

St Joseph Freinademetz: ‘I want to be Chinese in heaven’

St Joseph Freinademetz (January 28) fell in love with China despite working in dangerous and hostile conditions