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The pope who told an emperor his mind was coarse

St Gregory told the Byzantine Emperor that his mind was ‘coarse’

Saint of the week

St Gregory II (February 11) was a treasurer, librarian and theological adviser before becoming pope

The brilliant Ecuadorian teacher who was too modest for Paris

The cathedral in Cuena, the Ecuadorian city where St Miguel was born

Saint of the week

St Miguel Cordero (February 9), born with crippled legs, wrote his country’s standard Spanish grammar textbook aged 19

The words of forgiveness create us afresh

The word this week

Seventh Sunday of the Year: Is 43:18-19, 21-22 & 24-25; Ps 41; 2 Cor 1:18-22; Mk 2:1-12

Daily readings: February 5 – 11

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The answer to Job’s suffering was the assurance that God was with him

The word this week

Fifth Sunday of the Year: Job 7:1-4 & 6-7; Ps 147; 1 Cor 9:16-19 & 22-23; Mk 1:29-39

The ‘dumb ox’ who became the greatest of the medieval Doctors of the Church

St Thomas was capable of dictating to four secretaries at the same time

Saint of the week

St Thomas Aquinas (January 28) was an unrivalled theologian who used scientific rationalism to support the doctrines of Christian faith and revelation

Daily readings: January 29 – February 4

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

False prophets today promise salvation through health and beauty, prosperity and celebrity

The word this week

Fourth Sunday of the Year: Deut 18:15-20; 1 Cor 7:32-35; Mk 1:21-28

Daily readings: January 22 – 28

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Form

If we are serious about the faith, we must take the first step – repentance

The word this week

Third Sunday of the Year: Jonah 3:1-5 & 10; 1 Cor 7:29-31; Mk 1:14-20