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The grace of God, like rain and snow watering the desert, summons us to new life

The word this week

Fifteenth Sunday of the Year: Is 55:10-11; Rm 8:18-23; Mt 13:1-23

The girl who was murdered at the age of 11

St Maria Goretti desperately fought off her attacker, Alessandro Serenelli

Saint of the week

St Maria Goretti (July 6) died while resisting a rape. Her murderer later repented and had a vision of the Virgin Mary

Daily readings: July 3 – 9

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The kind of king who arrived on a donkey

The word this week

Fourteenth Sunday: Zec 9:9-19; Rm 8:9 and 11-13; Mt 11:25-30

The 17th-century martyr whose corpse was found in the 1920s

Saint of the week

St John Southworth (June 28) was arrested five times before he was eventually hanged

Daily readings: June 26 – July 2

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

‘Whoever eats this bread will draw life from me’

The word this week

The Body and Blood of Christ: Deut 8 2-3 & 14-16; 1 Cor 10:16-17; Jn 6: 51-58

The princess who forswore sleep in order to pass her nights in prayer

A statue of St Etheldreda

Saint of the week

St Etheldreda (June 23) helped establish religious life as an acceptable vocation for ex-queens and princesses in England

Life held in the intimacy of the Trinity

The word this week

Trinity Sunday: Ex 34:4-6 & 8-9; 2 Cor 13:11-13; John 3:16-18

Daily readings: June 19 – 25

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Form