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Spiritual Life

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

Daily readings: August 26 – September 1

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

St Pius X: the son of a village postman who urged modernists to be ‘beaten with fists’

‘A man of God who knew the unhappiness of the world’

Saint of the week

St Pius X (August 21) had a saintliness that no one who knew him doubted

Daily readings: August 19 – 25

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

A banquet in which we share the love that has united Father and Son for all eternity

The word this week

Twentieth Sunday of the Year: Proverbs 9: 1-6; Ephesians 5: 15-20; John 6: 51-58

The teenager who ran away from home to join St Francis

St Clare’s relatives literally tried to drag her away from her religious vocation

Saint of the week

St Clare (August 11) founded the Order of Poor Ladies, now known as the Poor Clares

Daily readings: August 12 – 18

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The Lord awakens our faith in our darkest moments

The word this week

Nineteenth Sunday of the Year : 1 Kgs 19:4-8; Ps 34; Eph 4:3 –5:2; Jn 6:41-51