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Christ and the Rich Young Ruler by Heinrich Hofmann (1824-1911). ‘We instinctively sense the young man’s distress’

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Wis 7:7-11; Ps 90; Heb 4:12-13; Mk 10:17-30 or 10:17-27

St Francis Borgia Helping a Dying Impenitent by Francisco Goya

The Borgia who became a Jesuit in secret

St Francis Borgia (October 10), cousin of Emperor Charles V, became known as the Jesuits’ ‘second founder’

Daily readings: October 7 – 13

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

A painting of Adam and Eve by Peter Wenzel in the Pinacoteca at the Vatican Museums (CNS)

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: Gn 2:18-24; Ps 128; Heb 2:9-11; Mk 10:2-16

Tintoretto’s painting of the ascetic and acerbic St Jerome

St Jerome (September 30) had a penchant for sarcasm that created enemies

Daily readings: September 30 – October 6

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Twenty-sixth Sunday of the Year: Nb 11:25-29; Ps 19; Jm 5:1-6; Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

The body of Padre Pio lies in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in San Giovanni Rotondo  (AP)

St Pio of Pietrelcina (September 23) decided to be a Capuchin friar at the age of 10

Daily readings: September 23 – 29

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Twenty-fifth Sunday of the Year: Wis 2:12, 17-20; Ps 54; Jas 3:16-4:1-3; Mk 9:30-37