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The greatest and the most inescapable cross lies deep within us

The word this week

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time: Jer 20:7-9; Ps 63; Rom 12:1-2; Mt 16:21-27 (Year A)

Daily readings: August 31-September 6

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The saint who tried (and failed) to live in obscurity

A sculpture showing monks bearing St Cuthbert's coffin

Saint of the week

St Cuthbert retired to an island and would only open his window to give blessings

The saint who prayed for St Augustine

St Monica's Feast Day is celebrated on August 27

Spiritual Life

St Monica is reputed for her constant prayers for her son Augustine

Daily readings: August 17-23

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Ours is a God who understands us in our differences

The word this week

Twentieth Sunday of the Year, Isaiah 56: & 6-7; Romans 11:13-15; Matthew 15: 21-32 (Year A

The saint who preached a Second Crusade

‘The Vision of St Bernard’ by Fra Bartolommeo, c. 1504

Saint of the week

St Bernard (August 20) was reputed for defending the rights of the Church against the encroachments of kings

The saint whose hair was cut by St Francis of Assisi

St Clare, drawn by Simone Martini in 1320, from a fresco in the Lower Basilica of St Francis in Assisi

Saint of the week

St Clare (August 11) was one of the ‘Poor Ladies’

Daily readings: August 10 – 16

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

We, like the disciples, will be gripped in life’s unpredictable storms

The word this week

Nineteenth Sunday of the Year, 1 Kings 19:9 & 11-13; Romans 9: 1-5; Matthew 14: 22-33 (Year A)