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‘To be my disciple you must hate your family and your life’

The word this week

Twenty-third Sunday of the Year: Wisdom 9:13-18; Phil 9-10 & 12-17; Lk 14:25-33

The Lancashire priest executed for his zeal

St Edmund’s remains were displayed on Lancaster Castle

Saint of the week

St Edmund Arrowsmith (August 28) was hanged, drawn and quartered and his head set upon a pike

Daily readings: August 29 – September 4

The week ahead

Scripture readings for the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Pride is a prison; humility brings freedom

Christ at Simon the Pharisee, by Peter Paul Rubens (1618-20)

The word this week

Twenty-second Sunday of the Year: Eccl 3:13-18 & 28-29; Heb 12:18-19; Lk 143:1 & 7-14

The English martyr hanged at the age of 80

A portrait of St John Kemble

Saint of the week

St John Kemble (August 22), a much-loved Catholic priest whose execution was horribly botched

Daily readings: August 22 – August 28

The week ahead

Scripture readings for the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

What drives your deepest desires?

Michelangelo's depiction of Isaiah in the Sistine Chapel

The word this week

Twenty-first Sunday of the Year: Isaiah 66:18-21; Heb 12:5-7, 11 & 11-13; Lk 13:22-30

The king who stamped out paganism in Hungary

Saint of the week

St Stephen of Hungary (August 16) was humble, and worked for the poor – yet did not always turn the other cheek

Daily readings: August 15 – August 21

The week ahead

Scripture readings for the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Mary’s Assumption invites us to glimpse heaven

The word this week

The Solemnity of the Assumption: Rev 11:19, 12: 1-6 & 10; 1 Cor 15:20-26; Lk 1:39-56