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The vain young girl who became a hero for Catholic women

Saint of the week

St Maria de Mattias (August 20) masterminded the creation of more than fifty Precious Blood schools

The 80-year-old woman who discovered the Cross upon which Jesus was crucified

Saint of the week

St Helena (August 18), the mother of Constantine, became celebrated for her charity to the poor and to prisoners

Daily readings: August 14 – 20

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

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