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The archbishop who helped restore faith to England after a plague

Canterbury, where St Theodore founded a hugely influential school

Saint of the week

St Theodore of Tarsus (September 19) probably never gave England a thought before the age of 66. But English civilisation owes him a great debt

We long to be treated graciously, but our graciousness to others is strictly rationed

The word this week

Twenty-fifth Sunday of Lent: Is 55:6-9; Ps 145; Phil 1:20c-24, 27a; Mt 20:1-16a

We do harm to ourselves when we refuse to forgive

The word this week

Twenty-fourth Sunday of the Year: Sir 27:30-28:7; Ps 103; Rm 14:7-9; Mt 18:21-35

Daily readings: September 11 – 17

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The saint who dreamed of a tree stretching across Ireland

The ruins of the cathedral at Clonmacnoise

Saint of the week

St Ciarán of Clonmacnoise (September 9) founded a monastery attracting recruits from all over Europe

The Patriarch whose fervour worried his mother

Gentile Bellini depicts St Laurence in this painting from 1465

Saint of the week

St Laurence Giustiniani (September 5) was born an aristocrat but became renowned for his extreme asceticism

Daily readings: September 4 – 10

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

We ought to confront all that is contrary to the Gospel

The word this week

Twenty-third Sunday of Year: Ez 33:7-9; Ps 95; Rm 13:8-10; Mt 18:15-20

A singularly beneficent power in a period without orthodox medicine

Saint of the week

St Giles (September 1) is the patron saint of smithies

Daily readings: August 28 – September 3

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms