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When we pray we seek the presence of one who knows us better than we know ourselves

The word this week

Thirtieth Sunday of the Year, Sir 35:12-14, 16-18; Ps 34; 2 Tim 4:6-8, 16-18; Lk 18:9-14 (Year C)

The saint who received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost

A stained-glass window depicts St Jude, the much-loved patron of lost causes

Saint of the week

St Jude (October 28) is the patron saint of lost causes

Daily Readings: October 20-26

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

In the life of Jesus there was both prayer and action, and the balance between the two brought them into perfect harmony

The word this week

Twenty-ninth Sunday of the Year, Ex 17:8-13; Ps 121; 2 Tim 3:14 – 4:2; Lk 18:1-8 (Year C)

The pope who guided the Church into the new millennium

Blessed John Paul II  (CNS)

Saint of the week

Blessed John Paul II (October 22) played a decisive role at the Second Vatican Council

The 17th century saint who converted North American tribesmen

A statue of St Jean de Brébeuf

Saint of the week

St Jean de Brébeuf and Fr Isaac Jogues (October 19) were beatified in 1925 and canonised in 1930

Daily Readings: October 13-19

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Rather than retreating from everything that is ‘outside’ what makes us comfortable, let us concentrate on the need that makes us one with strangers

The word this week

Twenty-eighth Sunday of the Year, 2 Kings 5: 14-17; 2 Timothy 2: 8-13; Luke 17: 11-19 (Year C)

The saint who came to Britain as a Roman missionary

Saint of the week

St Paulinus (October 10) was the first Bishop of York

Daily Readings: October 6-12

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms