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Daily readings: March 25 – 31

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Sin undermines our ability to trust in God

The word this week

Fifth Sunday of Lent: Jer 31:31-34; Ps 51:3-4, 12-15; Heb 5:7-9; Jn 12:20-33

The priest who saw no need for a bed

A statue of St Joseph, who lived on bread, water and the odd sardine

Saint of the week

St Joseph Oriol (March 23) sought obscurity and self-abnegation but ended up being celebrated throughout Barcelona

The carpenter who kept hundreds of fugitive Catholics alive

Coughton Court, where St Nicholas built a priest hole

Saint of the week

St Nicholas Owen (March 22) was tortured horribly but did not give up any compromising information

We cannot rebuild sinful lives by ourselves

The word this week

Fourth Sunday of Lent: 2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23; Ps 137; Eph 2:4-10; Jn 3:14-21

Daily readings: March 18 – 24

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The Ten Commandments safeguard all that we value most

The word this week

Third Sunday of Lent: Ex 20:1-17 or 20:1-3, 7-8, 12-17; Ps 19; 1 Cor 1:22-25; Jn 2:13-25

The fourth century’s most holy family

St Gregory at first resisted the call to religion

Saint of the week

St Gregory of Nyssa (March 9) had nine siblings, and four of them have been declared saints

Daily readings: March 11 – 17

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

How religious ecstasy and a narrow escape from death led to a life devoted to the sick

St John was carted off to the local asylum after experiencing religious ecstasy

Saint of the week

St John of God, March 8