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Jesus engages us in a conversation about our deepest need

The word this week

Third Sunday of Lent, Ex 17:3-7; Ps 95; Rm 5:1-2, 5-8; Jn 4:5-42 or 4:5-15, 19-26, 39-42 (Year A)

The saint who devoted himself to scientific work

Saint of the week

St Józef Bilczewski (March 20) was outspoken in promoting the infinite love of God during the First World War

Daily readings: March 16-22

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

At the beginning of Lent the Church invites us to identify ourselves with Abram

The word this week

The Second Sunday of Lent, Gn 12:1-4; Ps 33; 2 Tim 1:8-10; Mt 17:1-9 (Year A)

The disfigured, kind-hearted saint

Announcement of Death to St Seraphina by St Gregory the Great, painted by Domenico Ghirlandaio

Saint of the week

St Seraphina (March 12) was devoted to St Gregory the Great

Daily readings: March 9-15

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Let the first step of Lent be a renewed commitment to the Lord

The word this week

First Sunday of Lent, Gn 2:7-9; 3:1-7; Ps 51; Rm 5:12-19 or Rm 5:12, 17-19; Mt 4:1-11 (Year A)

The saint who was raised as a pawn of political power games

St Agnes serves an invalid in this painting by the Bohemian Master of the year 1482

Saint of the week

St Agnes of Bohemia (March 2) is honoured as the Saint of the overthrow of Communism

Daily readings: March 2-8

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount both inspire and challenge

The word this week

Eighth Sunday of the Year, Isaiah 49:14-15; 1 Corinthians 4: 1-5; Matthew 6: 24-34