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Spiritual Life

The princess who forswore sleep in order to pass her nights in prayer

A statue of St Etheldreda

Saint of the week

St Etheldreda (June 23) helped establish religious life as an acceptable vocation for ex-queens and princesses in England

Life held in the intimacy of the Trinity

The word this week

Trinity Sunday: Ex 34:4-6 & 8-9; 2 Cor 13:11-13; John 3:16-18

Daily readings: June 19 – 25

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Form

The early preacher to the Gentiles nicknamed ‘Jupiter’

A detail from St Barnabas Curing the Poor by Paolo Veronese

Saint of the week

St Barnabas (June 11) was a crucial figure in the early history of Christianity, who preached to the Gentiles together with St Paul

Daily readings: June 12 – 18

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The Risen Lord breathed life into his Church

The word this week

Pentecost Sunday: Acts 2:1-1; 1 Cor 12:3-7 & 12-13; Jn 20:19-23

The priest whose asceticism killed three disciples

Saint of the week

St Norbert (June 6) grew up cocooned in privilege and luxury

Daily readings: June 5 – 11

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The Ascension marked the beginning for which the disciples had longed

The word this week

The Ascension of the Lord: Acts 1: 1-11; Eph 1:17-23; Mt 28:16-20

The Maid of Orleans who tried to rescue France

A statue of Joan of Arc in Paris (Photo: Press Association)

Saint of the week Spiritual Life

After being captured by the English, Joan of Arc suffered more from being denied the sacraments than from physical privations