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Spiritual Life

The missionary who said he would die for China ‘a thousand times over’

St Joseph Freinademetz: ‘I want to be Chinese in heaven’

Saint of the week

St Joseph Freinademetz (January 28) fell in love with China despite working in dangerous and hostile conditions

Daily readings: January 30 – February 5

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

‘The human race has nothing to boast about to God’

The word this week

Fourth Sunday of the Year: Zephaniah 2:3 & 3:12-13; 1 Cor 1:26-31; Mt 5:1-12

The saint who gave advice on dancing and flirting

St François de Sales, the patron saint of journalists

Saint of the week

St François de Sales (January 24) said he did not necessarily disapprove of ‘games, balls and pageants’

Daily readings: January 23 – 29

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Repentance is required to journey from darkness into light

The word this week

Third Sunday of the Year: Is 8:23-9:3; 1 Cor 1:10-13; Mt 4:12-23

The hermit who lived for 15 years in a tomb

St Anthony, painted by Fra Angelico in 1436

Saint of the week

St Anthony of Egypt (January 17) inspired a new ideal by seeking spiritual growth in the desert

Daily readings: January 16 – 22

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Sin dissipates the joy for which we were created

The word this week

Second Sunday of the Year: Is 49:5-6; 1 Cor 1:1-3; Jn 1:29-34

The nobleman who bore paralysis with great cheerfulness

St Benedict was entranced by the monks at Lérins, on the island of St Honorat, near Cannes

Saint of the week

St Benedict Biscop (January 12) travelled extensively, and was thus able to introduce the practices of Roman and Frankish Christianity into Northumberland