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False prophets today promise salvation through health and beauty, prosperity and celebrity

The word this week

Fourth Sunday of the Year: Deut 18:15-20; 1 Cor 7:32-35; Mk 1:21-28

Daily readings: January 22 – 28

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Form

If we are serious about the faith, we must take the first step – repentance

The word this week

Third Sunday of the Year: Jonah 3:1-5 & 10; 1 Cor 7:29-31; Mk 1:14-20

The monk who was burned by a demon in his sleep

The cult of St Fursey grew after he was buried in Péronne, above

Saint of the week

St Fursey (January 16) helped advance Christianity in East Anglia and northern France

Daily readings: January 15 – 21

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Offer an open ear to the promptings of your heart

The word this week

Second Sunday of the Year: 1 Sm 3:3b-10, 19; Ps 40; 1 Cor 6:13-20; Jn 1:35-42

The saint who warned against the shark of self-love

St Genevieve’s leg was amputated in her own home without anaesthetic    CNS

Saint of the week

St Genevieve Torres Morales (January 5) was told she could not join the Carmelites because of a handicap

Daily readings: January 8 – 14

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The Light of Christ, however dim and distant it seems, longs to fill our lives with its joy

The word this week

The Epiphany of the Lord: Is 60:1-6; Ps 72; Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6; Mt 2:1-12

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)