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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

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