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The strict Passionist once known as ‘the dancer’

As a young man St Gabriel loved dolling himself up for parties

Saint of the week

St Gabriel Possenti (February 27)

Daily readings: February 26 – March 3

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Noah’s Ark is more than a children’s story. It describes a broken relationship with God

Rembrandt’s drawing of Noah’s Ark (1660)

The word this week

First Sunday of Lent: Gn 9:8-15; Ps 25; 1 Pt 3:18-22; Mk 1:12-15

Daily readings: February 19 – 25

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The painter who would not pick up a brush without first saying a prayer

A painting believed to be a self-portrait by the Fra Angelico

Saint of the week

Fra Angelico (February 18) believed it was impossible to create a Christian image without living a Christian life

Daily readings: February 12 – 18

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The Gospel proclaimed a salvation that excluded no one

The word this week

Sixth Sunday of the Year: Lev 13:1-2 & 44-46; Ps 32; 1 Cor 10:31-11:1; Mk 1:40-45

The pope who told an emperor his mind was coarse

St Gregory told the Byzantine Emperor that his mind was ‘coarse’

Saint of the week

St Gregory II (February 11) was a treasurer, librarian and theological adviser before becoming pope

The brilliant Ecuadorian teacher who was too modest for Paris

The cathedral in Cuena, the Ecuadorian city where St Miguel was born

Saint of the week

St Miguel Cordero (February 9), born with crippled legs, wrote his country’s standard Spanish grammar textbook aged 19

The words of forgiveness create us afresh

The word this week

Seventh Sunday of the Year: Is 43:18-19, 21-22 & 24-25; Ps 41; 2 Cor 1:18-22; Mk 2:1-12