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At first sight the testing of Abraham’s faith is deeply disturbing

The word this week

Second Sunday of Lent: Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18; Ps 116; 1 Rm 8:31b-34; Mk 9:2-10

Daily readings: March 4 – 10

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

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