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Daily readings: March 11 – 17

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

How religious ecstasy and a narrow escape from death led to a life devoted to the sick

St John was carted off to the local asylum after experiencing religious ecstasy

Saint of the week

St John of God, March 8

At first sight the testing of Abraham’s faith is deeply disturbing

The word this week

Second Sunday of Lent: Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18; Ps 116; 1 Rm 8:31b-34; Mk 9:2-10

Daily readings: March 4 – 10

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The strict Passionist once known as ‘the dancer’

As a young man St Gabriel loved dolling himself up for parties

Saint of the week

St Gabriel Possenti (February 27)

Daily readings: February 26 – March 3

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Noah’s Ark is more than a children’s story. It describes a broken relationship with God

Rembrandt’s drawing of Noah’s Ark (1660)

The word this week

First Sunday of Lent: Gn 9:8-15; Ps 25; 1 Pt 3:18-22; Mk 1:12-15

Daily readings: February 19 – 25

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The painter who would not pick up a brush without first saying a prayer

A painting believed to be a self-portrait by the Fra Angelico

Saint of the week

Fra Angelico (February 18) believed it was impossible to create a Christian image without living a Christian life

Daily readings: February 12 – 18

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms