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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’

Daily readings: December 4 – 10

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Let us find the time during Advent to review our lives

The word this week

Second Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 40:1-5 & 9-11; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8

Apostle Andrew, the first to be called

A fourth-century painting of St Andrew in the Catacombs of St Thecla in Rome

Saint of the week

St Andrew (November 30) preached in the Ukraine, Turkey and Greece

Daily readings: November 27 – December 3

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Without God we are like dried leaves blowing aimlessly in the wind

The word this week

First Sunday of Advent: Is 63:16-17 & 64: 1 & 3-8; 1 Cor 1: 3-8; Mk 13: 33-37