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The priest whose preaching was like a ‘spiritual earthquake’

The Church of the Gesù, where St Gaspar prayed to St Francis Xavier

Saint of the week

St Gaspar del Bufalo (December 28)

Beyond the tinsel of Christmas

Beyond the tinsel of Christmas

The word this week

The Nativity of the Lord: Is 52:7-10; Ps 98; Heb 1:1-6; Jn 1:1-18 or 1:1-5, 9-1
Mary, the Mother of God: Nm 6:22-27; Ps 67; Gal 4:4-7; Lk 2:16-21

Daily readings: December 25 – January 7

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The frail but tireless Sister who worked in the slums of New York

A stained-glass window depicting St Francesca  (Photo: CNS)

Saint of the week

St Francesca Cabrini (December 22) became the first American to be canonised in 1946

Daily readings: December 18 – 24

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

We can never adequately prepare for the coming of the Lord

The word this week

Fourth Sunday of Advent: 2 Sam 7:1-5 & 8-11; Rm 16:25-27; Lk 1:26-38

The hermit who lived on a pillar for 33 years

Standing on top of a pillar all day left St Daniel with foul-smelling feet

Saint of the week

St Daniel the Stylite (December 11) was told that monastic discipline would be beyond him

Daily readings: December 11 – 17

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Follow Mary through the financial crisis

Mary proclaimed the Magnificat during the Visitation, painted here by Pontormo (1494-1557)

The word this week

Third Sunday of Advent: Is 61:1-2 & 10-11; 1 Thes 5:16-24; Jn 1:6-8 & 19-28

The chaplain to William the Conqueror who established the Sarum Rite

Salisbury, where St Osmund was a humble and orthodox bishop

Saint of the week

St Osmund of Salisbury (December 4) was ‘praised for his wisdom and holiness’