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Lent challenges us to ask: are we truly alive as God intended?

The word this week

First Sunday of Lent: Gn 2:7-9 & 3:1-7; Rm 5:12-19; Mt 4:1-11

The nun praised by Henry VIII as a ‘diligent bee’

Saint of the week

St Colette (March 6) believed the most direct path to heaven was that of suffering patiently endured

Daily readings: March 6 – 12

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Will power alone cannot resist temptation

The word this week

Ninth Sunday of the Year: Dt 11:18, 26-28, 32; Ps 31; Rm 3:21-25, 28; Mt 7:21-27

The Patriarch who did not allow servants to wait on him

Saint of the week

St Tarasius (February 18) was a humble and sensible man appointed as Patriarch of Constantinople to resolve the Iconoclast controversy

Daily readings: February 27 – March 5

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

‘In God alone is my soul at rest’

The word this week

Eighth Sunday of the Year Is 49: 14-15; 1 Cor 4: 1-5; Mt 6: 24-34

St Polycarp, a martyr at the age of 86

St Polycarp was killed by the sword after refusing to deny Christ

Saint of the week

St Polycarp (February 23), instructed by the Apostles, served as Bishop of Smyrna for 50 years and died during persecution

Daily readings: February 20 – 26

The word this week

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Can we truly love our enemies?

The word this week

Seventh Sunday of the Year: Lev 19:1-2 & 17-18; 1 Cor 3:16-23; Mt 5:38-48