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Christ comes to us as the brother of our humanity

The word this week

The Presentation of the Lord, Mal 3:1-4; Ps 24; Heb 2:14-18; Lk 2:22-40 (Year A)

The saint who was known as the Apostle of the North

Saint of the week

St Ansgar (February 3) saw a vision of his mother in heaven with the Virgin Mary

Daily readings: January 26 – February 1

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Let us give our thoughts to what our lives might become if we surrendered to Christ’s love

The word this week

Third Sunday of the Year, Is 8:23 – 9:3; Ps 27; 1 Cor 1:10-13, 17; Mt 4:12-23 or 4:12-17 (Year A)

The saint who dyed her hair in soot

St Angela’s life was shaped by dramatic visions, including one of her sister in heaven

Saint of the week

St Angela Merici (January 27) was beatified in 1768

The saint who was popular with soldiers and athletes

St Sebastian Thrown into the Cloaca Maxima (1612) by Lodovico Carracci

Saint of the week

St Sebastian (January 20) was captain in the Praetorian Guard

Daily readings: January 19 – 25

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

John’s baptism in water was a baptism of repentance

The word this week

Second Sunday of the Year Is 49:3, 5-6; Ps 40; 1 Cor 1:1-3; Jn 1:29-34 (Year A)

The saint who was the first to go into the wilderness

St Anthony the Great was tempted by boredom, laziness and phantom women in the desert

Saint of the week

St Anthony the Great (January 17) was one of the most influential people in the early Church

Daily readings: January 11 – 18

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms