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Spiritual Life

The rich, handsome marquess who dedicated herself to the poor

San Anastasia church in Verona, the city where St Magdalen served the poor

Saint of the week

St Magdalen of Canossa (April 10)

Daily readings: April 8 – 14

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

We bring to Easter everything that has died within us, to the Father who alone raises us up to new life

The word this week

Easter Sunday: Acts 10:34, 37-43; Ps 118; Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6-8; Jn 20:1-9

The saint who believed he was ‘a plague-spot in soul and body’

His sermons dwelled on the gloomier aspects of the faith

Saint of the week

St Vincent Ferrer (April 5) believed that Jews should be rooted out of Spain. His anti-Semitic sermons sparked riots that killed thousands

Daily readings: April 1 – 7

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Prepare to follow Christ from the rejoicing of Palm Sunday to the darkness of Good Friday

The word this week

Palm Sunday: Is 50:4-7; Ps 22; Phil 2:6-11; Mk 14:1-15:47 or Mk 15:1-39

Daily readings: March 25 – 31

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Sin undermines our ability to trust in God

The word this week

Fifth Sunday of Lent: Jer 31:31-34; Ps 51:3-4, 12-15; Heb 5:7-9; Jn 12:20-33

The priest who saw no need for a bed

A statue of St Joseph, who lived on bread, water and the odd sardine

Saint of the week

St Joseph Oriol (March 23) sought obscurity and self-abnegation but ended up being celebrated throughout Barcelona

The carpenter who kept hundreds of fugitive Catholics alive

Coughton Court, where St Nicholas built a priest hole

Saint of the week

St Nicholas Owen (March 22) was tortured horribly but did not give up any compromising information