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The fourth century’s most holy family

St Gregory at first resisted the call to religion

Saint of the week

St Gregory of Nyssa (March 9) had nine siblings, and four of them have been declared saints

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