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The Roman aristocrat who went from riches to rags

An icon of Arsenius

Saint of the week

St Arsenius (July 19) became one of the leading Desert Fathers

Daily readings: July 17 – 23

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

We should always begin prayer with a conscious surrender to the Holy Spirit

The word this week

Sixteenth Sunday of the Year: Wis 12:13 & 16-19; Rm 8: 26-27; Mt 13:24-43

The Sister who saw in a vision her own heart made of steel

St Veronica Giuliani

Saint of the week

St Veronica Giuliani (July 9) received well-attested imprints of the stigmata

Daily readings: July 10 – 16

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The grace of God, like rain and snow watering the desert, summons us to new life

The word this week

Fifteenth Sunday of the Year: Is 55:10-11; Rm 8:18-23; Mt 13:1-23

The girl who was murdered at the age of 11

St Maria Goretti desperately fought off her attacker, Alessandro Serenelli

Saint of the week

St Maria Goretti (July 6) died while resisting a rape. Her murderer later repented and had a vision of the Virgin Mary

Daily readings: July 3 – 9

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The kind of king who arrived on a donkey

The word this week

Fourteenth Sunday: Zec 9:9-19; Rm 8:9 and 11-13; Mt 11:25-30

The 17th-century martyr whose corpse was found in the 1920s

Saint of the week

St John Southworth (June 28) was arrested five times before he was eventually hanged