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Daily readings: April 3 – 9

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

It is in prayer that we break out of darkness

The word this week

Fourth Sunday of Lent: 1 Sm 16:1, 6-7 & 10-13; Eph 5:8-14; Jn 9:1-41

The abbot who believed that guilt and fear were essential for spiritual growth

An icon depicting the Ladder of Divine Ascent of St John Climacus

Saint of the week

St John Climacus (March 30) wrote The Ladder of Divine Ascent, one of the most important devotional texts of the Middle Ages

Daily readings: March 27 – April 2

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The water that brings life to parched souls

The word this week

Third Sunday of Lent: Ex 17:3-7; Ps 95; Rm 5:1-2, 5-8; Jn 4:5-42

The hermit who prayed in the freezing Celtic sea

Lindisfarne, where St Cuthbert served as prior

Saint of the week

St Cuthbert (March 20) was an examplar of a less triumphal, more inward form of religion than that represented by St Wilfrid, the pope’s henchman

Daily readings: March 20 – 26

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Lent does not consist in a lonely struggle to do better

The word this week

Second Sunday of Lent: Gn 12:1-4; 2 Tim 1:8-10; Mt 17: 1-9

‘Your convent will be the sick room’

St Louise de Marillac accepted the great sacrifice of matrimony

Saint of the week

St Louise de Marillac (March 15) founded the Daughters of Charity under the guidance of St Vincent de Paul

Daily readings: March 13 – 19

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms