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Daily readings: September 16 – 22

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Even as we commit ourselves to God we often seek to avoid any kind of sacrifice

The word this week

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Is 50:5-9; Ps 116; Jm 2:14-18; Mk 8:27-35

The ‘golden-mouthed’ preacher exiled by an Empress twice

St John Chrysostom only became a priest at the age of 40

Saint of the week

St John Chrysostom (September 13)

Daily readings: September 9 – 15

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Without the Spirit within us we are like the man born deaf and dumb

The word this week

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time: Is 35:4-7; Ps 146; Js 2:1-5; Mk 7:31-37

The monk who converted a tribe of pagans in modern-day Belgium

The ruins of St Bertin’s Abbey, rebuilt in the 13th century

Saint of the week

St Bertin (September 5) became abbot of a flourishing monastery with some 150 monks under his rule

Daily readings: September 2 – 8

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Form

It is in prayer that we must discern pure, unspoilt religion

The word this week

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time: Dt 4:1-2, 6-8; Ps 15; Jas 1; Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

The French king who sought to protect the weak from the strong

Saint of the week

St Louis (August 25) was jovial in company but gave himself up to prayer and fasting in private

Commitments are easily made, but not so easily kept

The word this week

Twenty-first Sunday of the Year: Joshua 24: 1-2 & 15-18; Ephesians 5: 21-32; John 6: 60-69