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In Mary’s Assumption the salvation for which we long has drawn closer

The word this week

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Revelation 11: 19 & 12: 1-6; 1 Cor 15: 20-26; Lk 1: 39-56

The generous Christian king who prayed all night

It is likely that Oswald was baptised on the island of Iona

Saint of the week

St Oswald (August 5) was praised by the Venerable Bede as ‘a man beloved of God’

Daily readings: August 7 – 13

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Jesus is the peace at the heart of our fearfulness

The word this week

Nineteenth Sunday of Lent: 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-13a; Ps 85; Rm 9:1-5; Mt 14:22-33

Daily readings: July 31 – August 6

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The saint who saw Jesus as a guest who needed to eat

Christ with Martha and Mary by Henryk Siemiradzki, 1886

Saint of the week

St Martha (July 29) perhaps put too much emphasis on the virtues of hospitality

The longing that cannot be satisfied by material things

The word this week

Eighteenth Sunday of Year: Is 55:1-3; Ps 145; Rm 8:35, 37-39; Mt 14:13-21

The saint who flew ‘like a bird’ into a church roof

St Christina embraced extreme destitution

Saint of the week

St Christina the Astonishing (July 24) had been taken for dead but sat up in her coffin in the middle of a Requiem Mass

Daily readings: July 24 – 30

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The question ‘what do you want?’ lays bare the deepest truths about ourselves

The word this week

Seventeenth Sunday of the Year: 1 Kgs 3:5, 7-12; Ps 119; Rm 8:28-30; Mt 13:44-46