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The brother who ‘watched the door’ for 46 years

Saint of the week

St Alphonsus Rodriguez (October 30) began his life in prosperity – but then his world fell to pieces

Daily readings: October 31 – November 6

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

‘What God wants most is that you should become holy’

The word this week

The Solemnity of All Saints: Revelation 7:2-4 & 9-14; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12

St Cuthbert of Canterbury, reformer of the English Church

Canterbury, where Cuthbert served as archbishop

Saint of the week

In the eighth century St Cuthbert (October 26) held a synod to improve the moral condition of the English Church

Daily readings: October 24 – 30

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

It is destructive to think we can deepen our relationship with God through virtue

The word this week

Thirtieth Sunday of the Year: Eccl 35:12-14; 2 Tim 4 6-8 & 16-18; Lk 18:9-14

‘I am God’s grain, and I am to be ground by the teeth of wild beasts’

A detail of an icon of the martyrdom of St Ignatius

Saint of the week

St Ignatius of Antioch (October 17) bears remarkable witness to the power of the faith in the early Church

Daily readings: October 17 – 23

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The challenge of praying constantly

A prayerful spirit is always open to God and habitually understands itself as dependent upon his grace (Photo: CNS)

The word this week

Twenty-ninth Sunday of the Year: Exodus 17:8-13; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:2; Luke 18:1-8

St Paulinus, the ‘awe-inspiring’ priest who helped convert an English king

Saint of the week

St Paulinus of York (October 10) was sent to England by Pope Gregory in 1601