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Spiritual Life

The saint who declared Elizabeth I a heretic

Pius V arranged the forming of the Holy League

Saint of the week

Pope St Pius V (April 30) focused on restoring morality to Rome

Daily Readings: April 27 – May 3

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

How are we, who have never seen Christ, to recognise his presence among us?

The word this week

Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday), Acts 2:42-47; Ps 118; 1 Pet 1:3-9; Jn 20:19-31 (Year A)

The saint who was renowned for extreme fasting

A detail from The Mystic Marriage of St Catherine of Siena by Giovanni di Paolo

Saint of the week

St Catherine of Siena (April 29) attracted a group of followers by taking care of the ill and the poor

Daily Readings: April 20-26

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

May the presence of the Risen Lord transform empty hearts

The word this week

Easter Sunday, Acts 10:34, 37-43; Ps 118; Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6-8; Jn 20:1-9 (Year A)

The saint who carried water to the Last Supper

A winged lion in a stained-glass window symbolises St Mark the Evangelist

Saint of the week

St Mark the Evangelist (April 25) is traditionally thought to be the interpreter of the Apostle Peter

The saint who lived in the ruins of the Colosseum

St Benedict Joseph Labre was rejected by the Trappists because they thought he was ‘too delicate’

Saint of the week

St Benedict Joseph Labre (April 16) was the eldest of 15 children

Daily Readings: April 13-19

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

At the beginning of Holy Week we open our lives to Christ

The word this week

Palm Sunday, Mt 21:1-11; Is 50:4-7; Ps 22; Phil 2:6-11; Mt 26:14 – Mt 27:66 or Mt 27:11-54 (Year A)