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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)

The saint who helped fight loan sharks

Argentine Catholics carry images of St Cajetan, patron of the unemployed and job seekers (CNS)

Saint of the week

St Cajetan (August 7) received a doctorate in civil and canon law by the age of 24

Daily readings: August 3 – 9

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Day by day we come to the Eucharist from the loneliness of fractured and divided lives

The word this week

Eighteenth Sunday of the Year, Is 55:1-3; Rom 8:35 & 37-39; Mt 14:13-21 (Year A)

Daily readings: July 27 – August 2

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms